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Slumping baseball host Oregon State



The Arizona baseball team will look to get back on track when it hosts No. 6 Oregon State this weekend.

The Wildcats have won one Pac-12 conference game. Arizona hosts the Beavers on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at noon at Hi Corbett Field. All three games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.

Arizona (11-16, 1-5 Pac-12) was swept by ASU (13-10, 3-3) in Tempe, Ariz., on Wednesday after a rough outing in the sixth inning. Although head coach Andy Lopez and the players have mentioned throughout the season that the reason for their losses is execution of the offense, this time it was defense.

On Friday, Arizona ace James Farris (4-1, 3.19 ERA) returns to the mound after facing Washington on March 21. Farris pitched five innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs with 94 pitches.

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By Savannah Douglas / The Daily Wildcat
James Farris (36) pitched the entirety of the Arizona baseball team's 12-1 victory over Washington State on March 14 at Hi Corbett Field. Arizona will turn to its ace to try and end its losing streak.

Arizona lost all three games of last year’s series in Corvallis, Ore. Farris was able to pitch 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and four runs during the second game of the series, when the Beavers defeated the Wildcats 4-3.

Oregon State (19-5, 4-2) will face Arizona after losing its last conference series against ASU. The Beavers won the first game of the series, but the Sun Devils were able to take the last two games in Corvallis.

The probable starter who will face Arizona today is senior left-handed pitcher Ben Wetzler (4-0, 0.59 ERA). Wetzler pitched 4.2 innings during the last game of the series last year, allowing two hits and only one run on 83 pitches.

—Follow Rose Aly Valenzuela @RoseAlyVal


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