What looked on paper to be a series featuring two of the best pitching staffs in the conference, turned into anything but, as Arizona and Oregon State combined for 44 runs and 70 hits over the weekend.
The Wildcats came out on a tear to open the series, thrashing the Beavers 18-0 behind a complete game shutout by Kurt Heyer and a 12-run 6th inning. In game's two and three however, it was a complete 180 turnaround.
Oregon State jumped on Arizona early and often the next two outings to secure the series victory, and hand the Wildcats their second straight Pac-10 series loss.
WildcatAuthority.com breaks down what was a disappointing weekend for the Wildcats.
Friday 4/1: Arizona 18 Oregon State 0
W: Kurt Heyer (5-1) L: Sam Gaviglio (5-1)
Saturday 4/2: Oregon State 10 Arizona 4
W: Josh Osich (4-0) L: Kyle Simon (5-2)
Sunday 4/3: Oregon State 8 Arizona 4
W: Ben Wetzler (4-1) L: Tyler Hale (3-2)
Player of the Series: Kurt Heyer. He took Arizona the distance Friday night, going all nine innings without giving up a run on five hits. It was Heyer's first career complete game shut out and Arizona's fourth team shutout of the season. With all the hype surrounding Oregon State's ace Sam Gaviglio coming into the series, Heyer was the one who stole the show and provided Arizona with its lone win of the weekend.
"You know I was just trying to go out there and match (Gaviglio) pitch for pitch because he's had a remarkable season so far," said Heyer.
Kurt did a little better than just matching him; he out pitched Gaviglio Friday night, and it wasn't even close.
1. Cole Frenzel: He only had three hits all series long but Frenzel has quietly become Mr. Consistent for Arizona. Not only does he support a .400 plus batting average, but he also has a current streak of 29 consecutive games where he's reached base. He kept the streak alive this weekend against a pitching staff that had a 2.50 ERA coming into the series.
2. Friday's 6th inning: Arizona's 12 runs in the 6th inning of game one were the most runs the Wildcats have scored in an inning since the 2007 season, when Arizona also scored 12 runs in an inning against the Stanford Cardinal. The Wildcats sent 17 men to the dish and saw five different Oregon State pitchers in the inning.
3. Setting the tone: In two of the three games, Arizona scored first and actually outscored the Beavers 9-0 in the first four innings of games one and two. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, games last nine innings, not four.
1. Saturday and Sunday starts: Kyle Simon and Tyler Hale combined to go 8.1 innings and gave up 12 runs on 17 hits in their two starts. From those numbers alone, it's pretty easy to see why Arizona lost this series.
2. Leaving them out there: In games two and three the Wildcats combined for 21 hits and only scored eight runs. Arizona failed to take advantage of situations where it had runners in scoring position, especially in game three where the Cats left the bases loaded on two separate occasions.
3. Falling behind batters: This is something that won't necessarily show up in the box score, but Arizona pitchers couldn't throw the first pitch strike in games two or three. Too many times Oregon State batters received the benefit of hitting with 2-0, or 3-2 counts, where the pitcher is basically forced to throw a strike. Arizona pitching gave up 12 walks in the series, which isn't good. What's even worse are the 31 hits the staff gave up, which is easy to do when the opposing batter knows what's coming.
Quote of the Series
"Their guys pitched well, we didn't. Bottom line. Tough series."
--UA head coach Andy Lopez
On Deck: Arizona now gets ready to host Arizona State Tuesday night at Jerry Kindall Field. The game will be counted as a non-conference game.
Series Recap: UA vs. Oregon State
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