North Eugene's Moore is better at Oregon State
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He grew up in the Emerald City, but North Eugene's Andrew Moore chose to go north to Oregon State.
"The baseball program, the coaches, the tradition, everything was just something you can't really pass up," Moore said. "It just feels like home."
Also courted by the Ducks, Moore picked the Beavs. A university and a program that he has been in awe of for years.
"Growing up I was watching all of the National Championships." Moore said of the 2006 and 2007 teams.
Moore was the first Pac-12 hurler to run his record to 5-0 (now 5-1 after being out-dueled by Arizona State's Ryan Kellogg) this season and has an earned run average of 1.63.
"He's easy for me to talk to because he falls out of the same tree," head coach Pat Casey said. 'He's going to compete all of the time and we really appreciate that and respect him for that."
After early season injuries to the staff, Moore seized the opportunity and earned a starting role.
Having added a sinker to his now four-pitch mix of fastball, change-up and slider, Moore is doing what he does best, keeping hitters off balance.
"I'm making great pitches, sliders on the outside corner, change-ups down and away, in high school those would probably be strikeouts but they are fouling them off and making 10,12 pitch at bats and making it tough on you," Moore stated. "If you make a mistake they'll line one for a basehit so you need to be focused on every pitch and every at bat and just execute down in the zone."
Moore and the Beavers now hope it all balances out all the way to Omaha.
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