The Ducks leave Lubbock, Texas 1-2 after final game of series is cancelled due to cold weather. They’ll be heading back to Eugene for back-to-back series facing St. Mary’s and Loyola Marymount.
Four true freshman got their first taste of collegiate ball helping lead Oregon to an opening-day victory over No. 8 Texas Tech.
#8 Texas Tech
Ducks 9 - Texas Tech 4
Four Ducks finish with multiple hits, led by @Zavala11Aaron who went 3-for-5 with two doubles, and @tannerr_smith who was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Oregon ties a 70-year old school record with nine stolen bases. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/JKlHyZIJyO— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) February 16, 2019
- The Red Raiders were the first to crack the scoreboard. Kenyon Yovan issued a walk to Tanner O’Tremba, then with a man on Brian Klein singled up the middle scoring O’Tremba in the bottom of the first.
- Oregon got the bats going in the 3rd and 4th innings. SS Spencer Steer knocked in the first run of the game in the 3rd for the Ducks scoring Tanner Smith knotting it up at 1-1. Oregon initiated a double-steal moving Johnny DeLuca to third and Steer to second. Gabe Matthews followed up with a double to center field scoring both DeLuca and Steer giving Oregon a 3-1 lead. Freshman Aaron Zavala led off the top of the 4th with a single to right-center and scoring off a double by Max Foxcraft. The Ducks scored two more runs in the 4th with a DeLuca RBI single and Steer sacrifice fly to RF giving them a 6-1 lead going into the bottom of the 4th.
- Texas Tech’s Cameron Warren answered with a HR in the 4th and a line-out to center by Dru Baker scoring Dylan Neuse closed the scoring gap to 6-3 Ducks.
- Oregon adds two more runs in the 5th with a Tanner Smith RBI single scoring Zavala and a Sam Novitske RBI single scores Taylor Adams extending the Ducks lead to 8-3. In the 7th Smith knocked Adams in with an RBI single to left for a 9-4 lead.
- Ducks tied 70-year-old record with nine stolen bases tying the previous record held in 1949. Novitske, S. (2), DeLuca, J. (2), Steer, S. (2), Adams, T. (2), Smith, T. (1).
- Scored 9 runs of 15 hits.
- Oregon wins the first-ever meeting against No. 8 Texas Tech.
#8 Texas Tech
Ducks 11 - Texas Tech 12
- Oregon broke game two open with an eight-run 1st inning. the Ducks batted-around in the 1st, leading off with subsequent runs scoring both Novitske and DeLuca off bases loaded walks issued by TTU’s Bryce Bonnin. Foxcroft brought in another run after being hit by a pitch from Erikson Lanning who replaced Bonnin after only .1 innings of work that included 4 ER and 4 BB. Oregon scored another three runs after TTU’s Lanning threw an erred ball to first while fielding a ground ball allowing three unearned runs. DeLuca drove in the eighth and final run of the first with and RBI single up the left side.
- Cameron Campbell homered in the 2nd inning, but Texas Tech answered back in a big way with two homers of their own. The first, a solo dinger by Braxton Fulford followed up by a two-run homer off the bat of Doug Facendo just moments after a sacrifice fly by Klein knocked in a run making it a much closer 9-7 contest.
- DeLuca brought in another run with an RBI ground-out in the top of the 3rd and scoring a run of his own after crossing the plate off a Steer single to left-center in the 6th.
- The Red Raiders used the 7th inning to take the lead for the first time against Oregon working their own back-to-back walks to score both Neuse and Warren to tie-it-up at 11-11. TTU took the lead with an RBI ground out to second base scoring O’Tremba.
- Freshman Zavala went 3-4 with an RBI while DeLuca led the team with 2 RBI’s going 3-6 with a double.
- Seven Oregon Ducks recorded an RBI in game two.
- SP Ryne Nelson went 4.1 IP allowing 7 R on 7 H, administering 4 BB and 5 KO.
#8 Texas Tech
Ducks 4 - Texas Tech 6
Tough luck loss for the Ducks, who fall 6-4 in game three at No. 8 Texas Tech. Oregon recorded double-digits in hits for the third straight game while @ckafka16 turned in a solid start on the mound. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/lrpy3fc6Ci— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) February 17, 2019
- Freshman Vinny Tosti registered his first RBI of the season hitting a single past the shortstop scoring Jakob Goldfarb. Matthews added another run in the 3rd with a single scoring Novitske followed up by a single from Smith in the 4th driving in Foxcraft for a 3-0 lead.
- Neuse’s triple in the bottom of the 4th gave TTU its first run of the night bringing Facendo around to score. The Ducks answered back quickly in the 5th with a Steer single up the middle giving Oregon a 4-1 lead.
- Cullen Kafka threw 3.2 scoreless innings before allowing his first run. It wasn’t till the bottom of the 6th where Kafka gave up a two-run shot tying the game 4-4. TTU added their final two runs in the 7th with a single by Josh Jung and a SF off the bat of Klein to give the Red Raiders the lead and a final of 6-4.
- DeLuca has his second straight three-hit game after going 3-5 with a double and triple, while making a incredible homerun-robbing play in the outfield. Goldfarb had 3 hits in his first game this season.
- Four Ducks have had three-hit games in the the series against TTU including Zavala, A., DeLuca, J., Smith, T., and Goldfarb, J.
#8 Texas Tech
Game four: Cancelled (will not be reschedule)
STATE OF THE PAC
#7 Oregon State (4-0-0)
#12 Stanford (4-0-0)
Arizona State (3-0-0)
#4 UCLA (3-0-0)
Washington State (0-0-3)
*Rankings determined by D1Baseball.com Top 25
DUCK OF THE WEEK
After not recording a single three-hit game last year in his freshman season, DeLuca had back-to-back three-hit games against TTU. DeLuca went 7-16 (.438) in the series with 4 R, 3 RBI’s, a double, triple, 2 stolen bases and this amazing play on defense saving a run for the Ducks in game 3.