J.J. Altobelli had three hits and knocked in two runs, and five Oregon pitchers combined to give up only seven hits and two runs, as the Ducks defeated the Hawaii Rainbows on Monday, 4-2, to sweep the season opening series at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu.
Overshadowing the win is the injury to Oregon starting pitcher Jeff Gold that forced him from the contest. Gold, last season's Sunday starter. Gold left the game after 4 2/3 innings after a comebacker off the bat of Hawaii's Pi'ikea Kitamura struck off the inside of his ankle. Gold was on the ground for several minutes before being carried off the field by teammates. The injury looked bad, but we probably won't know for a day or two whether the injury is a bruise or a break.
Gold had given up only the one run over the 4 2/3, and was relieved by Jordan Spencer, who gave up another. Darrell Hunter, Christian Jones, and Jimmie Sherfy, the three of whom had pitched well all series, slammed the door shut for Oregon.
Altobelli was the only Duck with a mult-hit game.
The Ducks are off until Friday, when Loyola Marymount comes to Eugene for a three-game series.