Andrew Moore grew up wanting to pitch at Oregon State.
He got his opportunity and left a mark on one of the top programs in college baseball over the past decade.
On Monday night, the Beavers’ right-hander was selected 72nd overall by the Seattle Mariners.
Moore went 27-9 in three seasons with the Beavers, compiling a 2.10 ERA in 347 2/3 innings. He struck out 251 batters. He had six complete games during his career.
Moore joins a list of former OSU teammates to be selected by the Mariners, who took infielders Andy Peterson and Kavin Keyes in the later rounds last year. Another former teammate, shortstop Tyler Smith, went to the Mariners in the 2013 draft.
The Mariners also drafted former Beaver Stefen Romero.
Current and former teammates chimed in on Twitter.
From Kyle Nobach: “Congrats to @AndrewG_23 on getting drafted by the M's. All that hard work paid off. Couldn't have happened to a better guy”
From Michael Conforto, who was the 10th pick in last year’s draft: “Congrats @AndrewG_23 so excited for you!! No one more deserving!”
From Peterson: “Proud of you A-MO!!!!! Mariners got themselves a great man! @AndrewG_23”
Moore was a four-year starter at North Eugene High and was the 5A player of the year his senior year before making the trek north to Corvallis.
The 6-foot, 185-pounder burst onto the scene at Oregon State with a 14-2 record his freshman season to help the Beavers to the College World Series. He made two starts in the CWS, both against Mississippi State.
He was named a freshman All-American following that campaign, as well as being named the Pac-12’s freshman of the year.
Moore had a bit of a down year his sophomore season, making 14 starts and going 6-5 with a 2.77 ERA in 94 1/3 innings.
He rebounded in 2015 as he took over as the Beavers’ Friday night starter and had a sensational junior campaign, going 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 122 1/3 innings. He struck out 111 and walked just 21.
Moore was 6-1 with a 1.51 ERA in Pac-12 games, making 10 starts. Conference opponents hit just .188 against him.
Moore could return to school for his senior season – which former Beavers Matt Boyd, Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz did the last few seasons – but that would seem unlikely with how high he was selected.
Said Aaron Fitt of D1baseball.com on Twitter: “Lot of people in Corvallis were wondering if there was a chance Andrew Moore would be back for senior year. Answer: nope.”
If he does leave, his final appearance in Goss Stadium was a two-hit shutout of California on May 22. He had 13 strikeouts in that game.
Moore was the only Beavers drafted on Monday, which consisted of the first two rounds. OSU has now had a player drafted every year since 1993.
He is the 41st player under coach Pat Casey to be selected in the top 10 rounds.