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Still Hoping to Dance, Ducks Win 5-4

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn a game that featured home runs by the least likely of players, hit batsmen that was called back and a game-winning run that was erased because the runner left the base too early, Oregon somehow defeated UCLA 5-4 in 11 innings.

It turned out that Phil Craig-St. Louis’ fourth hit was the game-winner, a liner into right field that brought home Shaun Chase to set off the second celebration from the Duck dugout.

Oregon was convinced it had won the game an inning earlier on Kyle Kasser’s would-be sacrifice to left to score Mitchell Tolman. But UCLA appealed Tolman’s tag up and the umpires agreed, canceling out the run to extend the game.

The Ducks had to regroup quickly to play the top of the 11th.

Garrett Cleavinger was pitching his third inning of relief and after giving up a lead-off single, the lefty closer coaxed a pop-up and then a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play to retire the side.

Chase opened the bottom of the frame with a hit-by-pitch that wasn’t a sure thing. Four batters previously were hit by pitches and each time, the home plate umpire ruled that they didn’t make a proper attempt to get out of the way.

Chase did however, so he trotted off to first. Mark Karaviotis bunted Chase to second before pinch-hitter Jakob Goldfarb was also plunked. Austin Grebeck followed with an infield fly and Tolman walked to load the bases, setting up Craig-St. Louis.

On a 2-1 pitch, the Oregon left fielder smacked a liner to right to end the game.

Cleavinger was the winner, improving his record to 5-2 and the Bruins’ Grant Dyer suffered his first loss of the season.

With the win, Oregon improved to 36-23 overall and 15-14 in conference play. The Ducks are winners of eight of their last nine and with another win over the No. 3 team in the country, many believe that will be enough to earn them an invite to the Big Dance.

All of the late-game shenanigans might not have occurred if if wasn’t for the Oregon shortstop. Down 3-1 in the seventh, Karaviotis crushed a three-run homer down the left field line to give the Ducks a brief 4-3 lead. It was not only Karaviotis’ first homer of the season, it was the first career homer for the sophomore.

What may be lost in the action was the strong outing from Oregon starter David Peterson. The freshman southpaw threw six innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine Bruins.

He might have been the winner if it wasn’t for Brett Stephens’ second home run of the season to put UCLA up 3-1.

These two teams will be back at it one more time with a noon start time. Josh Graham, the righty from Roseburg, is scheduled to get the start in a must-win game for Oregon.

The Field of 64 will be announced Monday morning.

    ~ Don Smalley

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Tolman Keys Ninth Inning Rally for Oregon Ducks Win At Utah

The start was not what the Oregon Ducks intended, but the finish was pretty good. Friday was the opener of a three game series at Salt Lake City against the Utah Utes. The home team was off to an early 2-0 lead, but the Ducks would rally to tie the game in the top of […]

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Irvin, Tolman Lead Ducks to Game One Win Over Stanford

The Oregon Ducks jumped on Stanford mistakes early in the game Friday night, helping them win game 1 of a crucial Pac-12 series. Oregon played as a tight unit Friday night, putting together the kind of performance that has been expected all...

Irvin, Ducks Take Series Opener 7-3

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOregon’s offense got on track early to give Cole Irvin some breathing room en route to a 7-3 victory over Stanford Friday in the opening game of a three-game set at PK Park.

The Ducks scored two in the first and three more in the second off of Cardinal ace Brett Hanewich, who came into the game with 3.84 earned run average. But his control was way off the mark with five walks. Oregon scored those five runs on just two hits.

One guy Hanewich wished he had walked was Mitchell Tolman. The Duck third baseman accounted for both hits off of Hanewich, tripling home one in the first and then singling home two more in the second.

Oregon added one in the third and an insurance run in the seventh to ensure the win.

Irvin, on the other hand, was on his game. Oregon’s lefty ace went seven strong innings to earn just his second win of the season. Stanford was able to get to Irvin in the sixth with three runs to cut the lead to 6-3, but Irvin came back to retire the Cardinal in order in the seventh inning to restore order.

In those seven innings, Irvin gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out six. Stephen Nogosek and Garrett Cleavinger pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to close the game out.

With the win, the Ducks improved to 8-11 in conference play and 26-19 overall. Oregon remains 1.5 games behind Arizona for sixth place. Stanford’s disappointing year continued as the Cardinal fell to 5-14 in Pac-12 action and 19-24 overall.

The two teams will meet up again to conclude what promises to be a busy day of sports on the Oregon campus. The Ducks will hold their annual Spring football game Saturday morning at 11 am (After Mariota) and the crowd is invited to check out some hardball at PK Park afterwards.

Oregon will have David Peterson (3-5, 5.17 ERA) on the mound to go up against Stanford’s Marc Brakeman (1-2, 2.81 ERA). The contest is scheduled for a 2 pm first pitch.

    ~ Don Smalley

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Ducks Walk Away With Series Winner 3-2



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For Oregon, three times was the charm.

The Ducks had chances to win the game in the ninth and 10th before finally plating a run in the 11th to defeat Washington 3-2 and to win the series.

With the win, Oregon improved to 25-19 overall and 7-11 in conference play. The Huskies dropped to 23-18 overall and 8-13 in Pac-12 action.

The win Sunday might have been what the Ducks needed for their confidence as they try to begin a late run towards the NCAA tournament. Even with the series win, the Ducks are going to have to make a major run in order to make it to post-season play. Oregon has 16 games remaining and for the Ducks to even be considered, they might have to win 14 or 15 of those games.

It’s still a long shot, but at this point, Oregon would take a long shot over no shot, which it would have had if the series with Washington went the other way.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th, JB Bryant worked a walk to force in Nick Catalano and the win. Washington reliever Troy Rallings did yeoman’s work from the bullpen, going 4.1 innings. But his 95th pitch was low and for ball four.

Rallings might have had confidence that he was going to weasel out of the latest jam as he did in the previous two innings. The Ducks loaded the bases in the ninth with just one out and needed something, anything, to bring home Austin Grebeck in from third. The Huskies brought in an extra infielder to cut off the runner at home and had just two outfielders.

Despite the odd defensive alignment, Washington got just what it wanted. Scott Heineman hit a shallow fly ball to center that was caught by Nyles Nygaaard. Grebeck tagged and attempted to score, but Nygaard’s throw was on the money to gun Grebeck down.

Oregon found itself in a similar situation in the next inning when Brandon Cuddy led the frame off with a single and went to second on a sac bunt. The game was nearly won with the next hitter when Kyle Kasser hit a grounder up the middle that was stopped by a diving Chris Baker. The shortstop got up and threw a strike to first for the second out. Cuddy moved over to third on the play, but Shaun Chase struck out to end the inning.

The heroics had to wait one more frame.

Catalano received a one-out walk before Mitchell Tolman was plunked by the pitch. Tolman was the sixth batter to get hit by a pitch and the second Duck. With runners on first and second, Phil Craig-St. Louis walked to load the bases. Rallings managed to strike out Heineman looking before walking Bryant.

Garrett Cleavinger received the win in relief to go to 3-1 on the season. Rallings was the touch luck loser to drop to 3-3. Cleavinger gave up one single in his two innings of work, but all six outs were strikeouts.

The Ducks found themselves in rally mode in the seventh down 2-1. Tolman began the one-out rally with a double down the left field line. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when he took off at the sound of the bat. Craig-St. Louis bounced one to the first baseman, who stepped on the bag and attempted to throw out Tolman at home.

But the Oregon runner was too quick and beat the rap to tie the game at 2-2.

The Ducks will now welcome four days off before taking on last place Stanford. The Cardinal is 5-13 in conference play and just 18-23 overall. Despite the poor record, Stanford proved it can be dangerous when it defeated No. 3 UCLA 6-1 in the first game of the three-game set. The Bruins righted the ship by taking the final two games, however.

Oregon and Stanford will begin their series Friday, May 1 with a scheduled 6 pm first pitch. Cole Irvin will take the mound for Oregon and Brett Hanewich will go for the Cardinal.

   – Don Smalley

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Ducks Drop Game 1; Defense Shows Spurts of Greatness as Well as Weakness

The Ducks opened up a three game series against Washington (23-16, 8-11) Friday night at PK Park. Ace Cole Irvin (1-4, 4.66 ERA) got the nod from assistant coach Mark Wasikowski. Head Coach George Horton will miss the first two...

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