TUCSON, Ariz. — The Oregon baseball team used seven pitchers during a 17-6 loss at Arizona on Friday night in front of a crowd of 2,708 at Hi Corbett Field.
Starter Cole Stringer allowed six hits and five runs over 2 1/3 innings. Keaton Chase (3-1) took the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) during his inning on the mound.
The Ducks fell to 23-20 overall and 8-11 in Pac-12 play.
Freshman Sam Novitske drove in the first run of the game and Gabe Matthews came through with a two-out two-RBI double to give Oregon a 3-0 lead.
Jonny DeLuca’s two-run home run over the left-field wall extended the lead to 5-0 before Arizona answered with five runs in the bottom of the third to tie the score.
The Ducks took their final lead, 6-5, with an unearned run in the fourth. Oregon’s defense fell apart with six combined errors in the sixth and seventh innings as the Wildcats pulled away.
Justin Wylie had three hits, Austin Wells drove in three runs and Branden Boss belted a home run to lead the 16-hit attack for the Wildcats (20-23, 8-14).
Arizona starter Randy Labaut (5-3) allowed seven hits and five runs with four strikeouts and no walks over seven innings.
The opener of the three-game series lasted three hours and 47 minutes.
Robert Ahlstrom (5-4, 3.57) returns to the mound for Oregon in game two of the series at 6 p.m. Saturday.