Andrew Moore dazzles, Beavers blank SDSU
SAN DIEGO - Andrew Moore limited San Diego State to two hits in 8 1/3 innings and the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team picked up the series victory with a 5-0 win over the Aztecs Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The win sends the Beavers to a 7-0 record for the first time since the 2007 season and third time under head coach Pat Casey - the first came in 2004. In going for the sweep Sunday at noon, Oregon State has a chance to be 8-0 for the first time since 1962. That club went 18-0 to begin the season en route to a 26-6 record and a berth in the NCAA Western Regional in Santa Clara, Calif.
"This has certainly been a very good way to start the season," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "Andrew threw very well today - he was hitting his spots and keeping the SDSU batters off balance. This team has been focused thus far and that's gone a long way in the seven wins thus far."
Moore threw 102 pitches in the outing, 68 of which went for strikes, and did not issue a walk while striking out two. He allowed a two-out double to Jake Romanski in the second but stranded the San Diego State catcher to end the inning. He then allowed a single to Tim Zier in the seventh but immediately turned a double play on a lineout by the next batter, Brad Haynal. Moore retired 13 straight batters in between.
Moore is 2-0 on the year after getting the win Saturday.
The Oregon State pitching staff has dominated the Aztecs during the first three games of the series. SDSU last scored in the sixth inning in the first game Thursday and has been held scoreless for the last 21 innings. OSU's team ERA for the series is 0.33. The club's ERA for the season, meanwhile, dropped to 1.14 after Saturday's shutout performance.
The back-to-back shutouts are the first for the Beavers since the 2006 College World Series when OSU defeated Rice, 5-0 and 2-0, respectively.
Ryan Doran started for the Aztecs (3-3) and held the Beavers off the board the first five innings but was touched for three runs in the sixth and was replaced after throwing 104 pitches overall. He took the loss and is 1-1 on the year.
The Beavers sent eight to the plate in the sixth. Dylan Davis got Oregon State on the board with a single through the left side, enabling Joey Matthews to come home from second. Two batters later, and with reliever Justin Hepner on the mound, Jerad Casper drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0. Joey Jansen did the same and OSU made it 4-0 when Casper scored after an overthrow by Romanski on an attempted pick at third.
Jansen added to the Beavers' tally in the eighth with a two-out double to right, driving in Davis.
Davis extended his hitting streak to five games with a 3-for-4 effort. The sophomore is 8-for-19 (.421) during the streak.
The Beavers and Aztecs finish the series at noon on Sunday. Live stats, audio and video of the game can be found on osubeavers.com and the game can also be heard on the Beaver Sports Network.