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Arizona vs. Oregon State baseball recap: Andrew Moore silences Wildcats' bats in 3-1 loss

Just not enough offense

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The Arizona Wildcats entered the three-game series with the Oregon State Beavers as the nation's second-best hitting team.

They leave Friday's game with just five hits and a 3-1 loss.

OSU ace Andrew Moore (W, 4-1) showed why he's considered one of the nation's best starting pitchers, striking out eight and allowing just one run in a complete game victory.

Cody Hamlin (L, 4-2) battled for Arizona, giving up just three runs over 7 2/3 innings of work. That is tied for Hamlin's longest outing in Pac-12 play this year. He also went 7 2/3 against Oregon.

Arizona's lone run came in the fourth inning, when Riley Moore drove in Kevin Newman with a single to right. That tied the game at one for the time being.

The Beavers answered right back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the fourth to retake the lead.

Arizona (23-12, 8-8 Pac-12) had a chance to take the lead in the sixth inning. After a Scott Kingery double and Newman single, there were two runners in scoring position for Moore. All the senior catcher had to do was get the ball in play to at least tie the game, but he failed to do so, striking out swinging.

The Beavs then elected to intentionally walk Bobby Dalbec, bringing Michael Hoard up with the bases loaded and two down.

Hoard followed in Moore's shoes, and struck out to end the threat.

OSU (24-11, 7-6 Pac-12) would go on to add an insurance run in the eighth to make it a 3-1 game.

Quality starts from Arizona pitching have been few and far between, and the Wildcats certainly wasted one on Friday night in Corvallis. The Wildcats will now turn to Nathan Bannister on Saturday to try and even up the series. The game is scheduled to start at 4 PM PT.