Baseball: Beavs throw it away in ninth

WITH TWO OUTS in the ninth and Oregon State holding a 2-1 lead, an error allowed the Ducks to plate the tying run. Eventually the winning run crossed home plate too. Tough didn't begin to describe the 3-2 setback, as Oregon scored twice in the home half of the ninth -- without managing a single hit.

With the Ducks down to their final strike, a sharp grounder was hit to second baseman Caleb Hamilton, who after mishandling the ball (or getting a bad hop) seemed to rush the throw a bit more than he needed to. He was charged with two errors, one for not handling the ball cleanly and another for the errant throw to first.

In the ninth, OSU allowed no hits, three walks and two errors.

The loss wasted another fine effort by Andrew Moore, who scattered two hits and an unearned run in 7 1/3 innings.

The Ducks won the game on a 2-out, 3-2 bases-loaded walk by pinch hitter Kyle Kasser delivered by Mitch Hickey. The righty came on in relief of lefty Luke Heimlich, who was charged with an unearned run and dropped to 1-4 this season.

Moore did not figure in the decision. The right-hander was sharp and didn't allow a hit until the fourth, with the lone score off the pitcher coming in the fifth when the Ducks plated an unearned run.

In three career appearances against Oregon (20-15 overall, 3-7 Pac-12 Conference), Moore has allowed just two earned runs in 24 1/3 innings. In two starts at PK Park, he has not allowed an earned run in 16 1/3 innings while allowing a total of four hits.

The Beavers (22-10, 5-5) twice had the lead, 1-0 after a Trever Morrison single in the fifth, and at 2-1 when K.J. Harrison hit an eighth-inning bloop single that enabled Jeff Hendrix to come in from second.

OSU rapped out 11 hits – all singles – against three Oregon pitchers.

Hendrix, Harrison, Kyle Nobach and Michael Gretler all had two hits in the loss.

Oregon State and Oregon continue the series Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at PK Park. The game will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks.


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