Cats Upset No. 16 Oregon State

April 10, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team jumped to an early lead and never looked back, holding on to upset No. 16 Oregon State, 6-5, on a gusty Friday afternoon at Jerry Kindall Field.

Arizona (14-15, 3-8 Pac-10), which saw a late inning lead slip away on Thursday night, relied on a string of relievers to pitch 4 2/3 scoreless innings to top the Beavers and give the Wildcats their first victory over a ranked opponent.

UA shortstop Bryce Ortega scored three runs and turned in a handful of brilliant defensive plays, including a sliding catch in the ninth as he backpedaled towards the outfield while battling the relentless wind, which was gusting as high as 40 miles per hour, to haul in a catch.

Ortega set the tone for Brad Glenn and Dillon Baird in the middle of the order, who combined to hit 5-for-8 in the game and drive in five runs.

The trio wasted no time staking the Wildcats to a first inning lead as Ortega singled to lead off. After a sacrifice bunt by Hunter Pace, Ortega scored on an RBI single by Glenn. Baird followed with a single and Shaun Cooper drove in Glenn to put Arizona on top 2-0.

Oregon State (19-7, 6-2 Pac-10) answered with two runs in the top of the second, but the Wildcats reclaimed the lead with three runs of their own in the home half of the inning.

With two outs in the second, OSU starter Greg Peavey hit Kyle Stiner with a pitch to start a two-out rally. Ortega followed with a single and UA loaded the bases as Pace was hit by a pitch.

Glenn collected two more RBI on a single to left field, and Baird collected one of his two RBI in the game with a single to left field.

In the fourth, Baird collected his third hit of the game with an RBI double to left field. With no out recorded in the fourth, Peavey was lifted after three innings of work and suffered his second loss of the season.

Kyle Simon, making his first weekend series start of the season, turned in 4 1/3 innings, but was forced from the game in the fifth inning after a pair of defensive miscues lead to two unearned runs.

John Wallace led off for OSU and doubled to right center to start the fifth inning scoring threat. Joey Wong then grounded to Glenn at third, but the ball scooted through his legs and into the outfield, allowing Wallace to score.

Later in the inning, Wong scored on a single to right field that was misplayed by Bobby Coyle. The bobble by Coyle allowed Wong, who was being held at third base, to score and cut UA’s lead to 6-5.

But UA’s bullpen held its own over the final 4 2/3.

Joe Allison earned his victory of the season as he replaced Simon in the fifth. Allison tossed 1 2/3 innings in relief, allowing no runs and only one hit.

Bryce Bandilla and Cory Burns pitched the seventh and eighth innings, limiting the Beavers to only one hit.

The Wildcats turned the game over to Jason Stoffel in the ninth inning. After suffering his first blown save of the season on night earlier, Stoffel received some help from the outstanding catch by Ortega to prevent a potential comeback bid by the Beavers who had a runner on base with one out.

Stoffel slammed the door on Oregon State with a game-ending strikeout of Rob Folsom to earn his sixth save of the season.

The two teams will be back in action on Saturday afternoon for the rubber match of the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for Noon at Jerry Kindall Field.


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