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Arizona baseball: Three Up, Three Down: Cats take one game from Beavers

Taking one game from Oregon State is certainly a step in the right direction


Arizona managed to take Saturday's game from Oregon State on a weekend that was book-ended with dominating pitching performances from Ben Wetzler and Jace Fry.  Fry actually took a no-hitter into the 8th inning, the second time an OSU pitcher has done that in Pac-12 play (Wetzler vs. Utah).

One win over the Beavers is more than I expected, and that came courtesy of an offensive explosion, but also a great performance from Saturday starter Cody Hamlin.

So who were the stars and who were the duds this week?  Let's look:

Three Up:

1. Cody Hamlin

Not a bad team to get your first-career Pac-12 win against.  The sophomore righty was just one out away from finishing off a complete game, but was lifted for Bobby Dalbec when he got to 140 pitches.  Just two earned runs on 12 hits and no walks.  And he punched out eight OSU hitters.  Based on James Farris' last two outings, Hamlin is putting pressure on again to become the Friday night guy.

2. Zach Gibbons

Gibbons had the most hits of any Arizona player on the weekend, going 6-for-10 (all singles), walked twice, scored two of the Saturday runs, and drove in a run.  He was also the only player to get a hit in each game.

3. Kevin Newman

Newman was the other guy in the lineup that managed a decent week.  5-for-11, three runs and one RBI.  Nothing special but still got the job done.

Three Down:

1. Austin Schnabel

If it wasn't bad enough on Sunday that Jace Fry didn't give up any hits in the first seven innings, the fact that Schnabel was only able to get one out while giving up four earned runs only made it worse.  I know that coach Lopez said that Tyger Talley isn't threatening any weekend starter spot, but after two good starts against GCU and ASU, why not?  What is there to lose at this point?

2. Morgan Earman

Earman was doing alright this year, but Sunday he got in an inning of work, and gave up four earned runs on just three hits.

3. Joseph Maggi

Maggi went 3-for-14 on the weekend while in the two-hole for an entire weekend for the first time this year, and I would venture to say ever.  3-for-14 and no walks is not exactly what you like to see from the guy batting second.  Cody Ramer started struggling there too, so maybe it's just a curse on this team this year.  I'd like to see Gibbons hitting behind Kingery, but maybe that's just me.

Again, getting one win was more than expected for this weekend, and Arizona goes to Utah on Friday.  The Utes are now 0-9 in Pac-12 play, so if there was ever a time to get a series sweep to get the season jump-started, it's this weekend.