Oregon State opened up their season ending Pac-12 series against California tonight. They had won ten straight against the Golden Bears and tonight pushed it to eleven with the 4-0 win. The Beavers improved their record to 22-5-1 at home, 36-15-1 overall and 18-9-1 in Pac-12 play. The win was important as the Beavers are tied for second in the Pac-12 with 25th ranked Golden Bears.
The 18th ranked Beavers started Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist Andrew Moore to begin the 3 game series. Andrew Moore had a great first three innings going 1,2,3, to go along with six strikeouts. He continued his great pitching through the whole game. California got the game's first hit in the top of the 4th. He was engaged in a pitching duel with the Golden Bears Daulton Jeffries over the over the first six innings. Oregon State got the first batter on base with the 18th batter of the game when Micheal Gretler was walked.
The Beavers finally got their batters started in the bottom of the 6th. With a Caleb Hamilton single between the third basemen and shortstop to left field to drive in the Beavers Logan Ice. With the single the Beavers took the 1-0 lead. Next up was Jeff Hendrix who kept the mini run going. Hendrix double down the left field line, right over the third baseman head. Caleb Hamilton who got things started for the Beavers scored to extend the lead to 2-0 for the Beavers.
Andrew Moore was spot on tonight as he was only one away from his high of ten strikeouts on the season, in the top of the 7th. He seemed to be able to hold the Golden Bears at bay, along with great defense from the players backing him up behind the pitching mound. In the top of the 8th he got two more strikeouts to have 11 strikeouts against a talented Golden Bears team. He finished his 99 pitch performance with 70 strikes, and no walks.
In the bottom of the 8th, Caleb Hamilton hit a homerun to score himself and Christian Donaue to extend the Beavers lead to 4-0. It was Hamilton fourth home run off the season. He also batted in three runs of the Beavers four, to lead the Beavers with three RBI's. Andrew Moore pitched his fifth career shutout and second of the season for the Oregon State Beavers. Moore only gave up two hits to the Golden Bears, along with 13 strikeouts for a season high and one away from his career record of 14. He improves to 6-1 in Pac-12 play, to go with a 1.70 ERA which he probably improve tonight.
The Beavers have been rolling in their end of the season run going ten for twelve and have won three straight series. They hope to continue their winning ways against California, and tonight was a good start. Tommrow the Beavers will start Drew Rasmussen, game two with the Golden Bears starts at 4pm.