Ducks men’s baseball wins its sixth game-straight at home with series sweep over Loyola Marymount before losing to Portland University on the road, Tuesday.
Oregon is 6-0-0 at PK Park to begin the season.
Ducks 4 - Lions 3
Clutch effort out of the bullpen by @Tellache_nico to help the Ducks to a 4-3 win over Loyola Marymount in the series opener. He picks up his first career save, going 1.1 innings with three Ks. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/vn6waREWaT— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) March 2, 2019
- SP Cullen Kafka put together a solid five innings of work against Loyola Marymount in the series opener, tying a career-high in strikeouts. in 5 IP, Kafka fanned 7 hitters with 1 ER on 4 H, 4 BB and 1 HBP before being replaced by the left-handed Sophomore Robert Ahlstrom.
- Oregon was the first to get on the board in the 2nd inning. With men on the corners LF Taylor Adams laid down a sacrifice bunt scoring 1B Gabe Matthews, advancing DH Aaron Zavala to second. Loyola Marymount tied the game back up in the 4th inning with a single to left field off the bat of SS Nick Sogard bringing DH Tommy Delgado around to score.
- The Ducks regained the lead in the 6th on a couple of unearned runs. With one out and the bases-loaded, Loyola Marymount’s RP Josh Robins threw a wild pitch scoring SS Spencer Steer, advancing RF Jakob Goldfarb to second and Matthews to third. C Cameron Campbell hit a sacrifice fly to center pinch-hitting for 2B Max Foxcraft, scoring Matthews for the second time. Goldfarb came around to score on another wild pitch for the final run of the 6th for a 4-1 lead.
- LMU’s 1B Trevin Esquerra closed the gap with a two-run homer off Brett Walker to right field in the top of the 8th scoring himself and C Cooper Uhl for a 4-3 score.
- For the first time this season Oregon was out-hit by its opponent, however they did draw a season-high 10 walks in the Game 1 win over Loyola Marymount.
- Ahlstrom, Robert (W, 2-1) 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K
- Tellache, Nico (S, 1) 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Ducks 6 - Lions 0
Four Ducks pitchers combine to shutout LMU in a 6-0 win led by Cole Stringer, who gave up just two hits over 6.1 innings to get the win. @spenc__er led the way offensively with two home runs and three RBI.— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) March 3, 2019
Oregon will look for the sweep tomorrow at 12 p.m. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/WUidzjSAjN
- Oregon’s pitching, led by SP Cole Stringer, was sensational in Game 2 helping shutout the Lions. The Ducks pitching staff allowed only 3 hits, 5 walks and 1 HBP all game for their first shutout of the season.
- Steer led the Ducks in hitting mashing two moon shots. His first homer came in the bottom of the 1st inning on a solo shot to left field for Oregon’s first run of the game. Home run number two came late in the 7th; with one out and 3B Sam Novitske on second, Steer hit his second bomb to left field for a 2 RBI home run. Steer finished his day 2-4 with 3 RBl’s.
- Though going 0-3 on the day, CF Johnny DeLuca knocked in two runs of his own. In the 2nd inning with ducks on the pond, DeLuca reached on a fielders choice scoring Campbell stretching the lead to 4-0. DeLuca followed up his efforts in the 4th with a sacrifice fly to right field bringing LF Tanner Smith home after tagging-up from third base.
- Steer’s two bombs in a single game is the first time a Duck has hit two home runs at PK Park since Shaun Chase did it May 20, 2014.
- Stringer, Cole (W, 1-0) 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 HBP
Ducks 7 - Lions 6
Final linescore from the Ducks' 7-6 win over LMU in the series finale to secure the sweep. @Tellache_nico throws the final two innings to pick up his second save while @tannerr_smith led the way offensively, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/6lTTvDKYu5— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) March 3, 2019
- Runs in game 3 of the series came early, beginning in the top of the 1st with LMU’s Uhl hitting an RBI single to center. Knocking in 3B Brandon Sheerer who tripled in the prior at-bat. Oregon answered back immediately in the bottom of the 1st with a two-run homer by Matthews to take the lead back 2-1. Matthew’s hit his second home run of the season tying Steer and Campbell for the team-lead.
- Smith came up big when it counted in game 3 adding an RBI single up the middle to bring around Campbell for a 3-1 lead in the 2nd. LMU tied up the game on an two-run double by DH Steven Chavez in the top of the 4th, but Smith was clutch once again in the bottom of the inning with a single to left field to score Campbell for the second time of the game.
- The Ducks did a great job of responding offensively all game. LMU tied up the game for the second time with a Delgado single in the 6th. Then, they took the lead in the 7th on a single from LF Kenny Oyama to right field and an Esquerra single to right scoring Oyama. Oregon was quick to reply back in the 7th tying the game up on a Steer single, scoring Novitske from second base. The Ducks caught a break with the score tied 6-6 as LMU’s RP Matt Voelker balked with DeLuca on third to bring in what would be the game-winning run.
- Tellache was lights out for the second game of the series earning his second save of the year after coming in to start the 8th inning to close the door on LMU. He’s earning head coach George Horton’s trust in late-game situations after throwing 4.0 scoreless innings in the series.
- SP Ryne Nelson allowed 4 runs on 6 hits with 8 strikeouts in 6 innings, while issuing 3 walks.
- Chase, Keaton (W, 1-0) 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HBP
- Tellache, Nico (S, 2) 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB
Ducks 3 - Pilots 5
- Pitching highlighted Tuesday’s action early on against the Pilots. Both starters were solid though their innings of work. Oregon’s Kolby Somers threw 4.0 scoreless innings allowing only 3 hits, while issuing a walk and 5 strike outs. Portland’s Cameron Richman had a dominant outing as well at home allowing only 1 run on 5 hits with a walk and 6 K’s.
- Oregon got on the board first in the second inning on a Campbell double down the right field line scoring Goldfarb from second. After the early run in the 2nd inning the bats were silent nearly all game. Till the 8th inning, when Goldfarb hit a single, bringing in both Steer and DeLuca for a couple of insurance runs for a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the 8th.
- With only six outs left and the lead intact, the Ducks had to closeout the game, but Portland’s batters, who were silent all night, weren’t about to call it. Portland rattled off 5 runs in the 8th inning, the first came from a single to right field off the bat of LF Cody Hawken. The Pilots tied the game at 3-3 following Hawken’s single with another single from DH Hunter Montgomery scoring Pirates’ 3B Daniel Lopez and Hawken. They took a 5-3 lead immediately, following up with a 2 RBI double to left center by PH Gabe Skoro.
- The Ducks pitching rotation blew their 3-0 lead. Brett Walker allowed 2 runs in just .1 innings of work, while Tellache gave up 3 runs in .1 innings pitched as well.
- Tellache, Nico (L, 1-1) .1 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 K
STATE OF THE PAC
Arizona State (12-0-0)
#4 Oregon State (10-1-0)
#6 Stanford (9-2-0)
#2 UCLA (9-2-0)
Washington State (5-7-0)
*Rankings determined by D1Baseball.com Top 25
DUCK OF THE WEEK
Steer earns Duck of the week honors after going .455 with 2 HR’s, 4 RBI’s and 4 runs scored in the series against LMU. Steer’s two home runs were his first extra base hits of the season. The shortstop is hitting .343 on the season and is tied for second on the team in total RBI’s with 8 on the season.
University of Hawaii (7-5-0)