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Ducks continue to stumble during losing-skid, dropping 5-7 to close out six-game home-stand

Oregon v Pepperdine Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images

Oregon men’s baseball slump continue for second-straight home series after hot start at PK Park. Ducks go 1-2 against #9 Arizona State, handing the Sun Devils’ their first loss of the season.

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Arizona State

Ducks 2 - Sun Devils 12

  • Rough day on the mound for the Ducks pitching staff. SP Cullen Kafka struggled after a scoreless 1st inning. Kafka gave up three home runs in his 3.1 innings of work. Sun Devils’ CF Hunter Bishop hit his first homer of the game in the 2nd inning with a solo shot to left field.
  • ASU broke open the game in the 4th inning with back-to-back home runs. 1B Spencer Torkelson hit a two-run shot to right center to give ASU a 5-0 lead. Bishop followed up immediately on the next at-bat with his second home run of the game sending a bomb to left field for a 6-0 lead in the top of the 4th.
  • Oregon’s bats were held scoreless through eight innings. Arizona State’s SP Alec Marsh earned his 6th win of the season throwing 6.2 scoreless innings allowing only 3 hits and 5 walks with 4 K’s on the night. The Ducks were finally able to put runs on the board as RF Tanner Smith lays down a two-out bunt down the third base line with men on second and third to score C Cameron Campbell. LF Taylor Adams scored on a wild-pitch the next at-bat for a 12-2 final in favor of ASU.

Ducks’ Pitching Boxscore:

  • Kafka, C. (L, 2-2) 3.1 IP, 5 ER, 6 R, 7 H, 4 BB, 3 K
  • Chase, K. 3.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Somers, K. 0.1 IP, 2 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
  • Frazier, T. 0.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Noble, J. 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

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Arizona State

Ducks 5 - Sun Devils 4 (12)

  • The Ducks bounced back after a tough game 1 against ASU. Oregon broke the game open with a four-run 3rd inning. 1B Gabe Matthews issued a walk with the bases loaded scoring 3B Sam Novitske from third. DH Aaron Zavala reached on a fielders choice as ASU failed to turn the double-play the next at-bat, allowing CF Jonny DeLuca to score. 2B Max Foxcraft kept the Ducks’ offense going in the 4th with “ducks on the pond” hitting a two-run single to right, bringing in Zavala and SS Spencer Steer.
  • Oregon’s SP Robert Ahlstrom was in command for all six innings of work. Ahlstrom K’d 8 batters allowing only 5 hits while issuing a walk. Junior right-hander Ryne Nelson replaced Ahlstrom struggling early allowing a two-run single to right and a pair of RBI singles in the 8th to tie the game at 4-4 a piece. Nelson settled in for the rest of the game striking-out 10 batters over 5.0 IP.
  • Ahlstrom and Nelson’s 18 combined strikeouts sets a new season-high for K’s in a game.
  • The game required some extra-innings heroics and LF Evan Williams answered in the bottom of the 12th with a walk-off home run to left-center to hand ASU their first loss of the season. Williams walk-off was the first by a Oregon Ducks player since Ryon Healy on March 28, 2013; nearly six years later to the date.
  • Tellache, N. (W, 3-1) 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K

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Arizona State

Ducks 3 - Sun Devils 7

  • Oregon dropped the final game of the series against the No. 9 Sun Devils. ASU jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Ducks responded in the 3rd with a Novitske double down the left-field line to score Williams. DeLuca later tied the game back up 2-2 with a sacrifice-fly to right-field scoring Novitske.
  • ASU took the lead right back in the 4th inning on a wild pitch and a pair of doubles to push their lead to 6-2. Oregon tallied their final run of the night with a Matthews single up the right side scoring DeLuca.
  • Matthews (2-5, RBI) and Steer (3-5) led the Ducks’ offense against ASU in game 3. Novitske reached base twice on a double and a walk; that makes 18 of 21 games that the freshman leadoff hitter has reached base multiple times in.
  • To add insult to injury Sun Devils’ LF Trevor Hauver sent a shot over the right-field wall off junior reliever Nico Tellache for an ASU 7-3 final.
  • Walker, B. (L, 0-1) 3.0 IP 4 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K

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Brigham Young University

Ducks 3 - Cougars 7

  • The Ducks left Eugene after a rather brutal home-stand for Provo, Utah to play a single-game matchup against BYU to begin their five-game Utah road-trip. Smith got the game going with an RBI double down the left-field line in the 2nd inning bring Zavala in from second. Oregon was able to push the lead out 3-1 on a Matthews double down the right-field line scoring Steer in the process.
  • Matthews led the Ducks’ offense in their first game in Utah going 2-4 with a RBI for his second-straight game with multiple hits, and a team-best 9 multi-hit games. Novitske reached base twice once again extending his mark to an impressive 19 of 22 games.
  • Freshman right-hander Tyler Frazier earned his first start of his career against the Cougars, Tuesday. Frazier threw a solid 4.2 IP allowing only 1 ER on 4 H and 6 K’s, leaving the game with a 3-1 lead intact.
  • BYU’s Brock Hale homered off RP Jack Noble to cut the lead to 3-2, but the Cougars took the lead back in the 8th with a five-run inning. Ahlstrom, who had a good performance in game 2 of the ASU series, struggled against BYU giving up a two-run double to lose the Ducks’ lead. Tellache replaced Ahlstrom and proceeded to give up 3 more runs on a two-run double and a RBI single to give BYU a late cushion.
  • Ahlstrom, R. (L, 3-3) 0.2 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP

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STATE OF THE PAC

#3 Stanford (15-3-0) / Conf. (3-0-0)

#9 Arizona State (22-1-0) / Conf. (5-1-0)

#1 UCLA (18-4-0) / Conf. (5-1-0)

Washington (14-6-0) / Conf. (5-1-0)

#7 Oregon State (16-5-1) / Conf. (3-3-0)

Oregon (12-10-0) / Conf. (2-4-0)

Arizona (13-11-0) / Conf. (2-4-0)

California (11-11-0) / Conf. (2-4-0)

USC (9-14-0) / Conf. (2-4-0)

Utah (7-12-0) / Conf. (1-5-0)

Washington State (6-17-0) / Conf. (0-3-0)

*Rankings determined by Pac-12.com and D1Baseball.com Top 25

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DUCK OF THE WEEK

Gabe Matthews

After a rough first two games against the Sun Devils going 1-8, Matthews bounced back with back-to-back multi hit games going 2-5 and 2-4 with 3 RBI’s against ASU and BYU. Matthews currently leads the team with nine multi-hit games on the season and is bolstering a .377 AVG with 2 HR and 14 RBI’s. All of which lead, or are tied with the team-lead.

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On Deck:

Utah (7-12-0)