Luck tends to even out over time.
Last season, the beginning of the year was marked by blown save after blown save. This year, the opposite is happening. The formula seems to be to get to the last inning with a tie, find a way to get Vernell Warren on base, and drive him home. That scenario has played out three nights in a row the Ducks have extended their winning streak to ten.
Brando Tessar had a rough start for the Ducks, giving up five runs on eight hits and 4 2/3 innings, the first time that an Oregon starter has been shelled this season. Oregon would tie it up in the the bottom of the 7th, the key hit being a two run triple Brett Thoamas, only to see the Dirtbags get two more in the top of the 8th off Jeff Gold. The Oregon offense again rose to the challenge, led by a two run Kyle Garlick double. Finally, in the bottom on the 9th, Warren scored on an Aaron Jones single to give the Ducks the 8-7 victory.
In all, the Ducks offense got going again, totaling eight runs, 12 hits, and seven walks. Brett Thomas had two triples, and JJ Altobelli, Shaun Chase, and Kyle Garlick all had doubles. Joey Housey pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief for the win (though gave up three baserunners in the effort).
We can't expect this kind of luck to last all season, but its leading to some good wins against some really good opponents. Nobody in the country has impressed like the Ducks in the early season, and these wins will really pay off come tournament time.
The Ducks return to action next weekend in the Nike College Showcase. The four games in three days tournament consists of a contest with Illinois (4-5) on Friday, a doubleheader with West Virgina (4-4) and Oklahoma (7-3) on Saturday, and Connecticut (4-6) on Sunday. Postgame with Coach Horton after the jump.