Beavs move step closer w/ Moore's gem

OREGON STATE moved one step closer to a second-place finish in the Pac-12 on Friday. Andrew Moore made his last regular season start of the season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. He made it a memorable one. Moore struck out a season-high 13, scattered two hits and faced the minimum in a complete game shutout of No. 25 Cal as the No. 18 Beavers opened the series with a 4-0 win.

Moore, who improved to 7-2 on the year, allowed a single and a double that both resulted in inning-ending double plays. He did not issue a walk and faced just one three-ball count all night.

All told, the Eugene native needed just 99 pitches in his most dominant performance of the season, and perhaps, his career. And that's saying something when it comes to Moore.

Caleb Hamilton drove in three runs, including two on a home run in the eighth inning that gave Moore and the Beavers valuable insurance runs. Hamilton had opened the game’s scoring with a sixth-inning single that brought Logan Ice in from second.

Hamilton then stole second before scoring on a bloop double to left off the bat of Jeff Hendrix.

Both Hendrix and Hamilton finished with two hits each as the Beavers (37-15-1 overall, 18-9-1 Pac-12 Conference) managed six on the night versus a game Cal starter in Daulton Jeffries, and reliever Jeff Bain. Jefferies pitched well and matched Moore into the sixth, but took the loss after allowing four hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Aaron Knapp and Devin Pearson were the lone Cal (33-18, 17-11) players with hits. Pearson singled in the fourth, but was caught stealing on a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out to end the frame. In the seventh, Knapp doubled to right to open the inning but was caught at third on a liner to Elliott Cary who made a spot-on relay throw.

The teams continue their series Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. PT. Fans are encouraged to show up early as the Beavers will honor their 2015 senior class approximately 20 minutes before first pitch.

The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.

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