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Arizona’s rally falls short at Oregon, hurting NCAA Tournament chances

The Wildcats loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth, but didn’t score

Arizona Baseball versus Oregon

Cesar Salazar homered for the third time in two games, but that’s all the offense Arizona could muster in a 2-1 loss to Oregon on Friday in Eugene.

The Wildcats (33-22) likely need to win Saturday’s rubber match to have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. Their RPI now sits at 50.

Kenyon Yovan tossed a complete game for the Ducks, who improve to 26-28. He had a no-hitter until Salazar homered with two outs in the seventh to tie the game at 1-all.

Kyle Kasser looped an RBI single in the seventh to give the Ducks the lead.

An error and two hit by pitches loaded the bases for the Wildcats to begin the ninth, but they couldn’t bring the tying run home. Salazar and Matt Fraizer struck out chasing breaking balls, before Jacob Blas flew out to center for the final out.

Arizona had just two hits, spoiling a solid outing by Michael Flynn, who gave up just one earned run in 6.1 innings.

The series-finale is Saturday at 3 p.m. PT. Arizona is 9-13 on the road.