TUCSON, Ariz.– Jake Rodriguez did not get one of Oregon State’s seven hits Saturday at No. 20 Arizona. Fortunately for the Beavers, his bat still played a big role in the second game of the series.
Rodriguez hit two sacrifice flies to send the third-ranked Beavers to the series win over the Wildcats in a 4-3 win at Hi Corbett Field.
Four Oregon State relievers combined to hold the Wildcats scoreless over the final 3 1/3 innings of the game to send the Beavers to their fourth consecutive win in Tucson.
The Beavers utilized a three-run sixth to claim the win. Dylan Davis drove in two on a double, then moved to third on a passed ball. Rodriguez then lifted a sac fly to center which enabled Davis to score from third.
Max Engelbrekt, Cole Brocker, Tony Bryant and Scott Schultz combined to hold Arizona to just one hit over the final 3 1/3 innings in relief of OSU starter Andrew Moore, who became the first Pac-12 Conference pitcher to go 5-0 this season.
Engelbrekt, Brocker and Bryant all picked up holds and combined to strike out one with no walks. Schultz came on with one out in the ninth and struck out two for his third save of the season.
Arizona scored the game’s first run, in the third, when Riley Moore hit a sacrifice fly, but the Beavers tied the score in the fifth when Rodriguez hit his first sacrifice fly.
Moore and Cody Ramer each drove in a run in the bottom half of the fifth to put the Wildcats up, 3-1, but Davis’ two-run double and Rodriguez’s sac fly in the sixth put the Beavers (18-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-12) up for good.
Andrew Moore made his first career Pac-12 start and exited after 5 2/3 innings. He gave way to Engelbrekt with runners on first and second and the lefty reliever got out of the jam with a strikeout.
Moore allowed nine hits and three runs – two earned – with three strikeouts.
Arizona (15-7, 0-2) starter James Farris lasted 5 2/3 innings and took the loss to fall to 3-2 on the year. He kept the Beavers off the basepaths for the first three innings, but OSU managed six hits and four runs over the last 2 2/3 innings of his start.
Oregon State tallied seven hits on the night with Kavin Keyes’ two pacing the club.
Oregon State and Arizona finish the series Saturday night at Hi Corbett Field. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. PT. Note, the game will no longer be televised on Pac-12 Networks but it can be watched online for free at pac-12.com/live/arizonawildcats2.aspx.