Ducks Prepare for Crucial Series Against Sun Devils
Alex Shoemaker, EDN Sports Editor
Coming off of a disappointing two-game series loss to 16-9 (4-5) Texas State, the No. 23 Oregon Ducks baseball team has now lost three games in a row with a record of 15-8 (3-3) on the season.
Game one of the series with the Bobcats was decided early on as the Ducks were down 8-0 after just the third inning, as Texas State went on to win by a final score of 11-3.
The 11 runs are the most the Ducks have allowed since May 20, 2011 when they surrendered 12 in a 6-run loss at Washington State last season.
Oregon pitcher Jeff Gold (3-1) received the loss after pitching 1.2 innings, allowing five runs with four of those earned. David Wylie replaced Gold and also allowed 5 runs, four of which were earned, in 2.2 innings.
Taylor Black (2-0) earned the win for the Bobcats pitching 6.2 innings allowing just 2 runs and only one of which was earned.
Offensively for the Ducks, only Aaron Jones played to a high level hitting 3/4 for with two RBIs and a home run.
Game two was much closer, but still ended in an Oregon loss as the Ducks fell 7-6. Oregon pitcher Jordan Spencer (0-1) allowed five runs, four earned, in 4.0 innings of work.
Spencer, not a usual starter for the Ducks, received his first loss of the season. Joey Housey and Thomas Thorpe each pitched 2.0 innings and allowed a run each.
Oregon out hit the Bobcats with 11 hits to just allowing eight, but the Ducks left five runners on base.
Texas State was ranked No. 23 last week, but dropped out of the rankings after being swept by Sam Houston State, as the Ducks currently possess the No. 23 rank nationally.
Following the series, Oregon must now quickly prepare for a three-game weekend series with the 16-9 (3-3) Arizona State Sun Devils.
ASU has a commanding 11-2 series advantage over the Ducks and have consistently been one of the top programs in the Pac-10/Pac-12. The Sun Devils won their previous series in Eugene 2-1, but played an unforgettable 12 inning showcase that ended on a walk-off single by Oregon’s J.J. Altobelli.
First pitch between the two teams will be at 6:00 PM Friday night at P.K. Park. They will also play on Saturday and Sunday to conclude the series.
Check back here Monday morning for a complete series recap.