Arizona baseball: UA misses out on first Pac-12 victory

2013-03-17T00:00:00Z Arizona baseball: UA misses out on first Pac-12 victoryDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The majority of the 3,503 fans at Hi Corbett Field on Saturday night were on their feet, making noise, ready to do their part in helping the Arizona Wildcats earn their first Pac-12 win of the season.

And then in three very quick at-bats in the top of the sixth inning, they were silenced and never heard from again.

After the Wildcats put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead, Oregon State answered back with a quick three spot in the top of the sixth and held on for a 4-3 victory in the second game of a three-game set.

Oregon State's Tyler Smith and Michael Conforto opened the sixth with back-to-back singles on the first pitch of their respective at-bats.

They were brought home on an RBI double two pitches later from Dylan Davis, to tie the score on just four pitches from Wildcats starter James Farris.

"That was their meat of the lineup and bang, bang, bang, they imposed their will," Wildcats coach Andy Lopez said.

Oregon State (18-1, 2-0) took the lead for good three batters later when Jake Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to center to make it 4-3.

"We have all the momentum going, and then they take it in four pitches," freshman left fielder Cody Ramer said.

"We have to have a better fight instinct to get one across after they score like that and get the momentum back."

Farris was cruising up until the sixth and was pulled in favor of lefty reliever Tyler Crawford with two outs in the frame. All total, Farris, a junior out of Gilbert Highland, went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs - three earned - on six hits. He struck out five and walked two.

"I missed my spot on the first two guys, and they made me pay," Farris said of the sixth.

"I tried for damage control, but it was too late for that."

The 20th-ranked Wildcats (15-7, 0-2) got a runner to at least second base in the sixth and seventh but couldn't tie the score.

The third-ranked Beavers' relief combination of Max Engelbrekt, Cole Brocker, Tony Bryant and Scott Schultz combined to throw three scoreless innings to secure the win. Schultz earned the save. Tyler Crawford and Mat Troupe combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Farris, giving the Wildcats a chance they couldn't capitalize on. Trent Gilbert, Kevin Newman and Ramer all had two-hit games for the UA in the loss. Ramer, making the fifth start of his career, had an RBI triple in the fifth. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI.

The Beavers will look for a sweep in the series finale today at noon.

"I'm sure there will be some things said," Farris said of the juniors meeting with the rest of the team before today's game. "But, really, you just have to come to the field and play good baseball."

Freshman Cody Moffett will start for Arizona. Moffett is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in six appearances - two starts. Oregon State had yet to announce its starter.

Inside pitch

• A pair of freshmen, Scott Kingery and Jackson Willeford, were both unavailable Saturday night. Kingery is battling a wrist injury, and Willeford was diagnosed with mononucleosis.

The two have combined to make 15 starts for the Wildcats this season.

Today

• What: Oregon State at Arizona

• When: noon

• Radio: 1290-AM

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk

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