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March 30, 2014

Arizona no-hit through 7, loses 9th in 10 games

Oregon State starter Jace Fry took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and first baseman Kavin Keyes added three RBIs as the seventh-ranked Beavers routed Arizona, 11-0, to take the series victory Sunday in the rubber match at Hi Corbett Field.

Fry (5-1) left the game in the eighth after allowing a hit to third baseman Willie Calhoun to leadoff the inning. Calhoun's single was just the third base runner to reach base to that point for Arizona (12-18, 2-7 Pac-12 Conference).

Fry finished the game with a one-hitter and five strikeouts through eight-plus innings.

"Boy, he was lights out," UA head coach Andy Lopez said of Fry. "Good command, great breaking ball, worked at a really good pace. Fun to watch."

Since winning three in a row in mid-March, Arizona has lost nine of its past 10 games.

UA freshman Austin Schnabel entered the day winless and didn't fare much better against Oregon State (21-6, 6-3). The right-hander allowed RBI singles to Michael Conforto, Keyes and Michael Howard before getting replaced by reliever Cody Moffett in the first inning. Moffett gave up a sacrifice fly - giving Schnabel (0-4) four earned runs in just one-third inning of work - before retiring Trever Morrison to end the inning.

"You can't rely on freshman," Lopez said. "I don't want to beat up Schnabel. I think Schnabel has done a decent job. His numbers aren't all that spectacular and they don't give you goosebumps, but other than today he's hung in their pretty competitive."

Oregon State tacked on another run in the top of the fifth, scoring on a double play with a runner on third. Moffett was replaced by freshman Morgan Earman with two outs in the inning. The left-hander allowed four hits and just one run in 4 1/3 innings on the mound.

"Just a little fatigue," Moffett said. "Haven't gone that long in a while. I felt fine up until that point and ran out of gas."

The Beavers broke the game open in the sixth, scoring four times off Earman. A walk and single with two outs put runners in scoring position for Conforto, who lined a single up the middle to score Jeff Hendrix. A fielder's choice that didn't result in an out put runners in scoring position once again, but this time for Keyes - who added a two-run triple to push Oregon State's lead to 9-0.

Right fielder Dylan Davis put the exclamation point on the game with a long home run over the left field fence off Bobby Dalbec in the eighth.

Arizona loaded the bases in its half of the eighth, but first baseman Joe Maggi grounded out to first base to end the inning. Beavers reliever Scott Schultz allowed three hits but pitched a scoreless final two innings to complete the shutout.

The Wildcats finished the game with just four hits and a .182 average (2-for-11) with runners on base.

"Everyone is down because no one is used to this really," Calhoun said. "Everyday is a new day so we just need to come back on Tuesday and fight hard."

Arizona will head to Utah for a three-game series beginning Friday.

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