LOS ANGELES – Andrew Moore scattered four hits in 6 2/3 innings and Max Engelbrekt and Scott Schultz combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief as the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team shut out No. 10 UCLA, 5-0, Saturday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Beavers’ win evens the series at one game apiece as the clubs are scheduled to play the weekend’s rubber match Sunday at 1 p.m. PT.
“I’m proud of the way this team fought back after a tough loss on Friday,” Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. “Andrew gave us a great start and Max and Scott did a great job in relief. The offense came through when we needed it.”
Moore allowed four singles and three walks while striking out five. He got in serious trouble once, in the first, as UCLA loaded the bases but his first strikeout of the game ended the threat.
Moore improved to 6-1 on the year.
Engelbrekt allowed one hit and one walk in 1 1/3 innings before giving way to Schultz, who finished the game in a non-save situation.
Kavin Keyes, Andy Peterson, Joey Jansen, Ryan Barnes and Nate Esposito all had two hits to pace the Beavers offensively. Oregon State finished the day with 10 as a team off five UCLA pitchers.
The Beavers got on the board first for the second time in the series. Jansen doubled to the gap in right in the third, enabling Andy Peterson to score. Barnes, trying to score from first, was caught at the plate to end the inning with the Beavers up 1-0.
Esposito stretched the Beavers’ lead to 2-0 in the fifth. The sophomore drove a single to left center, bringing in Keyes from third. Keyes had doubled to open the inning, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jake Rodriguez.
Oregon State gave itself insurance runs in the top half of the ninth. Keyes and Rodriguez reached on consecutive one-out walks, eventually moving to second and third after a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Smith. Peterson, the next batter, hit a grounder to second that took a bad hop and skipped over Trent Chatterton, scoring two.
Later on, Jansen singled for the second time in the game, driving in Peterson and giving OSU the 5-0 lead.
Nick Vander Tuig made the start for UCLA and worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs. The right-hander was relieved by James Kaprelian with two runners on in the seventh.
Vander Tuig was saddled with the loss and dropped to 4-3 on the year.
The clubs complete the three-game series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.