EUGENE, Oregon— The losing streak continues for Oregon, as the Ducks dropped the final two games of their three game set with Stanford, 8-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.
The Ducks (23-13, 6-9), have now lost five in a row and have dropped from second in the PAC-12 Conference standings to eighth.
Oregon’s pitching had a very rough weekend; on Saturday, sophomore right hander Matt Mercer (5-3) struggled, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits while striking out two and walking one in six plus innings. On Sunday, fellow sophomore righty Isaiah Carranza (2-2) was rocked early, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out two and walking one in an inning-and-two-thirds. Saturday, Oregon pitchers gave up eight runs and thirteen hits; Sunday, ten runs and sixteen hits. Andrew Summerville (2-1) picked up the win on Saturday for the Cardinal allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking one in six-and-two-thirds innings, and Chris Castellanos (6-1) did the same on Sunday, also going six-and-two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on ten hits while striking out four and walking one.
There were few offensive bright spots for the Ducks, but Saturday junior leftfielder Taylor Travess picked up his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-4 with a run scored; redshirt senior Jake Bennett went 2-5 and hit his second home run of the season; on Sunday, junior shortstop Kyle Kasser went 3-5 with a double and two runs scored.
For Stanford (23-12, 8-7), shortstop Nico Hoerner and third baseman Mikey Diekroeger were a two-man wrecking crew, combining to going 12-19 with seven RBI in the two games Saturday and Sunday, with five doubles, a triple and a home run.
The road doesn’t get any easier for Oregon, as they make the short trek north to Corvallis to take on the number one-ranked Oregon State Beavers Tuesday, the first of five games this season between the inter-state rivals. First pitch from Goss Stadium scheduled for 5:30 pm.