Arizona, which had the fewest strikeouts of any Pac-10 team, went down on strikes 16 times on Saturday afternoon.
May 29, 2010
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CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Arizona baseball dropped a second straight game to Oregon State, as the Beavers shut out the visiting Wildcats, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium.
OSU starter Sam Gaviglio struck out all three UA hitters that he faced in the first inning, setting an ominous tone for the Wildcats. In the top of the ninth, OSU reliever Tyler Waldron capped a sensatioal 16-strikeout day for the Beavers’ staff by ending the game the way it started – with the Wildcats going down in order on strikes.
Arizona starter Kyle Simon did his best to match the OSU pitching staff’s performance as he allowed just two runs – one earned – in 6.1 innings of work. But the effort was wasted as the Wildcats were unable to put a run on the board as they stranded seven runners on base, including six in scoring position on the afternoon.
The Beavers (31-21, 12-14 Pac-10) scratched across a run thanks to a pair of UA miscues in the bottom of the third inning. Carter Bell reached on an error by third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean, who was unable to come up with a hard chopper. A passed ball and a groundout moved Bell to third base with one out. Dylan Jones followed with an RBI single to push across Bell with the game’s first and eventual winning run.
The Wildcats (32-22, 11-15 Pac-10) were in prime position to answer back in the top of fourth. But, after lead off singles by Rafael Valenzuela and Jett Bandy that put runners at first and third with no outs, a trio of Wildcats went down swinging to end the inning without the runners moving.
Oregon State, meanwhile, added another run in the home half of the fourth. Andrew Susac blasted a two-out solo home run to left field, which was the only earned run allowed on the day by the UA pitching staff.
Simon, who fell to 8-5 on the year, worked into the seventh inning before being lifted in favor of lefty Bryce Bandilla. Entering the game with a runner on first and one out, Bandilla gave up a soft single and then hit a batter, which loaded the bases.
However, Bandilla was able to induce an inning-ending double play off the bat of Jones to thwart the Beavers’ attempt to add insurance runs. It was the third double play turned by the Wildcat defense in the game.
Ironically, OSU was finally able to add some much-needed insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a defensive miscue as the Wildcats were unable to escape danger. With two outs and runners at the corners, shortstop Alex Mejia unsuccessfully tried to field a slow roller with his bare hand, which resulted in an error and an unearned run to score.
After an infield single loaded the bases for the Beavers, Bell hit a bloop single into left field that drove in two more runs to give OSU a comfortable 5-0 lead.
Waldron, who picked up the save in Friday’s win, turned away the Wildcats in order to end the game with three strikeouts.
Gaviglio improved to 3-3 on the season as he struck out 13 batters in the game. He scattered five hits and walked two, and left six Wildcats stranded in scoring position.
Arizona will look to salvage the series with a victory on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for noon (PDT) at Goss Stadium.