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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...

Peterson Dominates Seven Innings For Oregon in Win Over St John’s

The Oregon Ducks are building momentum this season. One area that could have been an issue entering 2015 was pitching, but Head Coach George Horton has shown in the past that he can build a team from the ground up and that process continues this season. Cole Irvin is coming off Tommy John Surgery and […]

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Ducks Weather Storm in 12 Innings

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARobbie Knightes’ throwing error allowed Matt Eureste to score from second to Oregon a 4-3 win in 12 innings to take the opening game in the three-game set.

The No. 9 team in the nation improved to 11-2 on the season, and still undefeated at home, while St. John’s fell to .500 mark at 5-5. Stephen Nogosek earned his third win in relief by pitching 2.2 solid innings. The Red Storm’s Matt Clancy was the hard-luck loser.

The Ducks used small ball to put pressure on St. John’s defense when Eureste walked and Austin Grebeck laid down a perfect bunt to move Eureste over to second. Mitchell Tolman then bounced one over to third. Knightes fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw was too high for first baseman Bret Dennis to reach.

Eureste’s decision to race over to third and eventually home although the ball was hit on the left side proved to be the right one. If he had held up from going to third on the batted ball, Eureste wouldn’t have scored.

It was surprising that the game even had to go extras.

The Ducks held on to a seemingly comfortable 3-0 lead heading into the ninth. Conor Harbor was on the mound and he was on a roll. But after throwing nearly perfect ball for fourth innings, the Red Storm managed to get off the deck.

St. John’s was able to score one run and then load the bases before Oregon coach George Horton brought in closer Garrett Cleavinger. Coming in with the sacks full isn’t exactly a walk in the park for a closer who is used to entering the game to begin an inning.

Dennis was able to single up the middle to tie it all up at 3-3. Cleavinger was still in hot water, but luckily for the lefty, he coaxed Anthony Brocato to line into a double play.

Oregon had a chance to win the game in the 11th when J.B. Bryant led the frame off with a walk. He moved to second on Phil-Craig St. Louis’ sacrifice bunt. After Daniel Patzlaff walked, both runners moved over to. second and third on a passed ball.

With the winning run just 90 feet away, Oregon put on the suicide squeeze. The Ducks are known for their small ball prowess, but this time the squeeze failed and Bryant was tagged out. Clancy proceeded to strike out Nick Catalano to end the inning, only to postpone the loss for a few minutes.

The Ducks had the game under control in the very first inning when Brandon Cuddy crushed a three-run homer for the early 3-0 lead.

Grebeck smacked a one-out triple to left-center and Mitchell Tolman walked to set the stage. But Red Storm pitcher Chris Kalica might have thought he was out of trouble when he struck out Shaun Chase.

Cuddy came into the game hitting .250, but he jumped all over a 2-1 fastball and deposited it on the roof of the Player Development Area.

At the time, it seemed plating those three runs would be than enough for Cole Irvin, who is having a successful comeback from Tommy John surgery. Still on a pitch count, the lefty ace throw four solid innings, allowing just two hits, and striking out three with no walks. In is four starts, Irvin has thrown 15 innings with an earned run average of 0.60, allowing just one earned run on 11 hits with 11 strikeouts.

Harbor came in relief for Irvin just like he has all season and he was three outs away from his fourth win before the Red Storm disrupted those plans.

The two teams will get together at PK Park for a 2 pm start for Game 2 of the series. Oregon’s David Peterson (1-0, 3.12 ERA) will face off against St. John’s Cody Stashak (2-1, 3.00 ERA).

   – Don Smalley
www.DuckNews.com

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Tolman Leads Oregon Ducks To Win Over Portland With Six RBI’s

The Oregon Ducks, fresh off a sweep of New Mexico entertained Portland on Tuesday night at PK Park. Oregon Head Coach George Horton handed the ball to Freshman Jacob Corn who scattered seven hits in seven inning and giving up just one run. That run would tie the game in the seventh. Oregon was off […]

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Ducks on the Diamond: Formula For Success

With two series in the books for the Oregon Ducks baseball team, how close do the actual performances rank against the expectations coming into the season? Across the board we have seen outstanding performances from the projected stars as well...

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.

   ~ www.DuckNews.com

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Oregon Takes Finale in Comeback vs Hawaii, Starts Season 3-1

The Oregon Ducks had to rally for the second time in four games to start the season and found a way to grit out their third win of the season in the finale against Hawaii on Sunday. The Rainbow Warriors went up 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth and the Ducks turned to Reliever […]

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