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Tim Susnara Delivers in the Clutch, Ducks Hand UCLA Their First Series Loss of the Season

Cole Irvin was solid on Friday night, David Peterson was great Saturday, but Josh Graham was unbelievable on Sunday afternoon, leading the Ducks to a 4-3 victory over No. 2 UCLA with a nine-inning, 11K performance. Graham was the first...

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Oregon Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive With 11 Inning Win Over UCLA

The Ducks dug deep for their game two victory over UCLA in 11 innings. Riding on the wings of a strong pitching performance for the second night in a row, Oregon secured a win in a must-win situation

Josh Graham Does It All for the Ducks

  After a rough week on the diamond there have been rumblings that George Horton‘s team has hit a speed bump that they won’t be able to overcome entering conference play. It’s important to remember that the Ducks have plenty...

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Dons Give Ducks First Home Defeat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASan Francisco starter Sheldon Lee came into Tuesday’s game against Oregon with an earned run average of 21.32.

The Ducks insist that is a typo.

Lee used his left-handed craftiness to befuddle the Oregon offense all night long as the Dons upset the No. 9 ranked team in the country 4-1.

The win was just San Francisco’s fourth of the season and the Duck loss snapped a streak that saw Oregon win 11 of 12 games.

Lee threw 5.1 innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven.

Oregon’s offense was relatively quiet for the first five innings before Lee saw some trouble. The Ducks’ best chance to score came in the sixth when Lee walked two batters and plunked Mark Karaviotis to load the bases.

That spelled the end of the night for Lee as Travis Ulvestad came on to pitch. The situation was just what the Ducks were looking for. Power hitter Shaun Chase was up looking to do some major damage.

But the redshirt freshman hurler tied Chase up with a 91 mph fastball for the second out. Ulvestad wasn’t out of the woods yet as Jakob Goldfarb was next. The pinch hitter hit a hard grounder up the middle only to be stopped on Michael Eaton’s diving effort. Eaton flipped the ball to second just in time to force Karaviotis for the third out.

San Francisco jumped on Oregon starter Joe Reta right away in the first inning. Brendan Hendriks singled home former Duck Connor Hofmann for the 1-0 lead.

The Dons added another run in the fourth when Dons catcher Dominic Miroglio led the frame off with a solo homer. Those were the only runs USF could muster. Oregon’s bullpen that consisted of Cooper Stiles and Stephen Nogosek held the Dons at bay for four innings to give the Duck offense a chance to break through.

San Francisco extended its lead to 4-0 in the eighth off of Nogosek when Manny Ramirez, Jr. doubled into the left-center field gap to score Nico Giarratano and Miroglio.

On the other side of the diamond, the Dons bullpen was up to the task to collect the victory.

Oregon’s lone run came in the eighth inning when Karaviotis tripled home Mitchell Tolman. Karaviotis was put in the game earlier when Brandon Cuddy went down with a hamstring injury.

The two teams will meet one more time Wednesday at 3 pm. Jocob Corn will take the mound for Oregon and San Francisco will counter with lefty Sam Granoff. Game 2 was scheduled for 6 pm, but a storm is expected to hit the Eugene area around that time, causing Oregon officials to move the game into the afternoon.

~ Don Smalley

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Ducks Sweep Series Against St. John’s

The Ducks (13-2) swept their series with St. John’s, outscoring them 8-6 Sunday. St. John’s took the early lead in the 2nd inning by putting up two runs. The Ducks followed shortly after, tying the game in the bottom of the 5th at...

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Chase Powers Oregon Ducks In Sweep of St John’s

Oregon defeated the St John’s Red Storm 8-6 on Sunday afternoon in Eugene for a series sweep continuing their home dominance this season. George Horton’s team is 13-2 this season thanks in big part to pitching. Cole Harber has been stellar in relief of Cole Irvin. Irvin is rebuilding his arm strength following Tommy John […]

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Chase’s 8th Inning Homer Seals Sweep

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShaun Chase would be the first one to admit that he hasn’t played up to expectations this season.

The senior catcher/designated hitter came into Sunday’s game hitting just .176. Oregon coach George Horton might have decided that his All-American needed a change of scenery by dropping Chase down in the order to sixth.

It was a decision that paid off in a big way.

Chase crushed a fastball over the left-center field wall for a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to break a 6-6 tie to give the Ducks an 8-6 win and the series sweep over St. John’s. The new No. 6 hitter was a double shy over the cycle.

With the win, Oregon improves to 13-2 to continue its stellar beginning of the 2015 campaign. St. John’s cross-country trip to the West coast was an unhappy one as the Red Storm fell to 5-7.

Although Oregon’s usual Sunday starter Jack Karraker received a no-decision, he pitched well enough to get the win by going six innings, giving up just two unearned runs, six hits and striking out five. His earned run average dropped to 1.50.

Karraker was lined up for the win, but the Red Storm came back off of reliever Trent Paddon, who struggled. Paddon gave up one run in the seventh and loaded the bases with two hits and a walk in the eighth.

Horton brought in closer Garrett Cleavinger for the second time in this series in the same situation, bases full and less than two out. Unfortunately for Oregon, the result was the same.

Zach Lauricella lined a double down the left field line to clear the bases and to knot the game up at 6-6. Cleavinger was still in trouble with Lauricella on second and just one out.

The left-handed junior was able to bear down and coax Matt Harris to ground into a 4-3 double play in order to escape the frame.

Momentum in the Red Storm dugout was short-lived.

Joe Kuzia came on to pitch for St. John’s and Oregon didn’t waste any time. Brandon Cuddy led the inning off with a walk to set the stage for Chase. He had just missed a home run in the fourth inning when Chase took a fastball and ripped it to right-center field. If it wasn’t for a stiff wind blowing in, Chase would have had his third homer, so he had to settle for a triple.

There wouldn’t be a breeze in the eighth, allowing Chase to hit one into left-center that just missed going off the scoreboard.

Cleavinger came back in to pitch the ninth and after allowing a lead-off single, he was able to strike out two and get a grounder to third to end the game.

St. John’s had to be happy with its starter, junior Ryan McCormick. He has struggled mightily as he brought an 11.45 ERA to the mound. But to his credit, McCormick held the Ducks down for three innings before they were able to break through.

The Ducks scored one in the fourth off of Cuddy’s triple down the right field line that scored Phil Craig-St. Louis from first base.

Oregon tied the game in the fifth when Matt Eureste beat out a would-be double play, allowing Scott Heineman to cross the plate.

With McCormick still on the mount for St. John’s, Oregon started another rally with St. Louis’ out-out double. That was all Red Storm coach Ed Blankmeyer needed to see to call in the bullpen.

The Ducks have feasted on opposing pens this season and Sunday wouldn’t be any different.

Thomas Hackimer quickly helped out the Duck offense by walking Cuddy and giving up a bunt single to Chase. Jakob Goldfarb walked on a 3-2 pitch, scoring St. Louis and giving the Ducks a 3-2 lead. Heineman bounced into a fielder’s choice to score Cuddy and the 4-2 advantage.

In what was going to be the hit of the day before the Red Storm rallied, shortstop Daniel Patzlaff blew the game open with a two-run single to center to give Oregon the 6-2 lead.

Cleavinger was credited with his first win of the season, while Kuzia dropped his first game of the year.

The Ducks will enjoy a day off Monday before hosting San Francisco for a quick two-game series beginning on Tuesday. Oregon will then go down to the Bay Area to start conference play with a weekend set with California.

The Golden Bears also enjoying a quick start, going 11-3 thus far. They’ll travel to Pacific for a single game before hosting the Ducks.

   ~ Don Smalley


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Oregon Baseball: Red-Hot Ducks Sweep Red Storm

The Oregon Ducks baseball team closed out a series sweep of visiting St. John’s University in exciting fashion at PK Park Sunday afternoon after senior catcher Shaun Chase went yard with a two-run home run to help Oregon win, 8-6. The Ducks improve to 13-2...

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Karraker, Ducks Complete Series Sweep

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOregon’s Jack Karraker tossed seven innings of five-hit, one run ball to lead the Oregon Ducks to a sweep of the New Mexico State Aggies with a 6-3 victory Sunday afternoon at PK Park. Karraker struck out eight and walked none as the Ducks improved their season mark to 7-1.

New Mexico State – as they had done in each of the previous games in the series – struck first, opening the scoring with a run in the second, but that was all they would muster until touching closer Garrett Cleavinger for a pair of runs in the ninth.

The Ducks took the lead with a four-spot in the bottom half of the second and added single runs in the seventh and eighth.

Oregon was limited to six hits but took advantage of nine walks and timely hitting to complete the sweep of the four game set.

Nick Catalano’s RBI double to right got the Ducks on the board, driving in Mark Karaviotis to tie the game at one. A bases loaded walk, a Mitchell Tolman single and a sacrifice fly by Shaun Chase rounded out the second inning scoring for the Ducks.

From there it was up to Karraker and the senior right hander held the Aggies in check until being relieved after the seventh inning. Stephen Nogosek set down the order in the eighth, his sixth scoreless inning of the year before yielding to Cleavinger in the ninth.

A pair of base hits plated a pair of runs but it was too little, too late for the Aggies, who remained winless at 0-7.

Oregon returns to action Tuesday evening, hosting the University of Portland Pilots at PK Park. First pitch is set for 6:00 pm.


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Offense Puts On A Show As Ducks Fly To 11-3 Victory Over Aggies

George Horton‘s squad put all of their talent on display tonight in an 11-3 victory at home over New Mexico State. With strong pitching performances from David Peterson (0-0) and Josh Graham (1-0) and consistent offense at the plate as...

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