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Oregon St. vs. Arizona final score: Ben Wetzler keeps Wildcat bats on the struggle bus

Guessing Oregon State is glad Ben Wetzler is back

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona never had a chance on Friday against Oregon State as Ben Wetzler absolutely shut down the Wildcat bats.

OSU took the first of the three-game set by a score of 11-2.

"Rough night," said head coach Andy Lopez after the game.

Understatement of the year.

The Beavers got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first thanks to a Dylan Davis double to left, and that was basically all they needed.

They added on three more runs in the fifth behind five hits surrendered by James Farris.

Farris ended up lasting 7.1 innings on the night, allowing 13 total hits, and two walks that were both intentional.  It's not like OSU crushed any balls off of him, they just found all the right places.  And this Beavers team does that often.

In fact, the Beavs set a new season-high with their 18 hits on the night.

But it was all about Wetzler's domination.  He ended up going 7.1 innings of his own with just three hits and four walks.

"He's good, very good," Lopez said of the Beaver pitcher.  "He's down at the knees, got a good breaking ball.  He has really good arm speed with his breaking ball.  It's deceptive for a hitter."

"He pounds that low part of the zone, gets a lot of groundballs."

Wetzler had faced the minimum through four innings, and Scott Kingery became the first Arizona player to reach scoring position when he tripled to left-center with two outs in the sixth inning.

The senior lefty had an uncharacteristic seventh inning by walking both Trent Gilbert and Bobby Dalbec, but strikeouts of Zach Gibbons and Tyler Krause erased that threat.

"He looks like a good Friday-night senior out there," stated Lopez about Wetzler.  Certainly a huge difference between Farris and Wetzler, both seniors who were drafted.

"James hasn't done poorly, he's been okay," Lopez explained.  "He wasn't horrible.  A lot of hits and there were a couple stingers, but when you're facing a guy like (Wetzler), you gotta match that up."

The Wildcats broke up the shutout in the ninth off of reliever Trent Shelton.  Kevin Newman laced an RBI triple down the right field line.  Gilbert drove in Newman with a groundout to second to get that second and final run of the night.

"It's not really important to get hits at that point," Lopez said.  "It helps your average but that's about it."

The loss is Arizona's eighth straight, and the remainder of the weekend looks bleak as Oregon State has three weekend starters that would probably be the Friday night guy at any other school in the conference.  Cody Hamlin will match up against Andrew Moore.  The game will start at 4 PM, and will be on Pac-12 Networks.

It's a solemn mood in that Arizona clubhouse, and there are no signs of it ending anytime soon.