Oh what a night for Beavs' Andrew Moore

THREE OF THE EIGHT national seeds lost their postseason opener on Friday. Andrew Moore made sure the Beavers wouldn't join that list. The righty was phenomenal in a 2-1 win over North Dakota State, striking out 14 in eight innings - a new career high and OSU program-best in the postseason. As for the Beaver bats, maybe they should consider making the seventh inning stretch a part of every inning.

A little extra stretch couldn't hurt. It seemed to loosen up Dylan Davis. He went yard in the seventh inning with two down, breaking a 1-1 tie on a line shot that cleared the left field fence.

After Max Engelbrekt got the first out in the ninth, Oregon State closer Scott Shultz gave up a hit before retiring the next two batters. The 27th out was a doozy, though, with Kyle Kleinendorst sending a shot to the left field wall that Michael Conforto gloved with a few steps to spare.

Andrew Moore had thrown 117 pitches through eight innings (79 strikes) before he giving way. And he had NDSU hitters off balance all night.

His one mistake was to Kleindorst, who went the opposite way in the second inning with a dinger to right field. But Moore settled right back into dominant form, allowing only five hits and not issuing a single base-on-balls.

After the homer, Moore didn't allow a man past first base. He got stronger as the game went along too, striking out the side in the seventh and eighth.

And the Beavs tied things up quickly in the home half of the second. A hustling Trevor Morrison beat out a double-play try as Gabe Clark scored from third base.

Moore also blew by the school record for postseason strikeouts of 11, last set by Matt Boyd in the 2013 College World Series.

NDSU starter David Ernst was equal to the task and threw a great game. Oregon State spaced out 10 hits but stranded 11 runners and Ernst was nails when it counted most -- the Beavs were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They had a hit in every inning but the eighth.

Oregon State's recent hitting woes have reduced the margin for error available to Beaver pitchers -- they have to be great, not merely good. Fortunately for Beaver fans, Moore was great on Friday night.

And then some.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Oregon State next plays UC Irvine (36-22) at 8 pm Saturday on ESPNU. Irvine throttled UNLV 10-3 in the early game in Corvallis.

  • NDSU (25-25) now faces UNLV (35-24) at 2 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game.

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  • National seeds Florida (2), Florida State (5) and Louisiana-Lafayette (6) all lost on Friday.

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