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Ducks (22-16) swept by #3 Stanford Cardinal at home in disappointing conference series

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Oregon’s hot-streak comes to an end dropping each game of conference home series to #3 Stanford before heading out on lengthy two-week road stretch.

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#3 Stanford

Ducks 4 - Cardinal 5

  • The long-ball was the product of Oregon’s downfall in the opening game against the conference leading Stanford Cardinal. Sophomore right-hander Cullen Kafka gave up five runs off three homers in his team-leading 10th start of the season. Kafka only allowed 7 hits over his 5.2 innings pitched, but left a few mistakes over the plate and the Cardinal capitalized.
  • Ducks’ center-fielder Jonny DeLuca got the party started taking a 1st inning lead. DeLuca smacked a ground-rule RBI double to opposite field scoring third-baseman Sam Novitske; halting left-fielder Tanner Smith at third, only plating one runner in the inning.
  • Stanford’s outfielder Brandon Wulff took little-to-no time to take the lead back at the dish. Wulff was first-pitch swinging, launching a two-run shot over the left-field wall with Cardinal’s first-baseman Andrew Daschbach on second. Daschbach doubled down the left-field line the at-bat prior to Wulff’s home run, giving Stanford their first lead of the game.
  • Oregon shortstop Spencer Steer’s bat continued to stay hot in game 1 after hitting three homers in the Washington State series. Steer hit his fourth home run over the past four games with a solo shot to left, tying the game back up for the Ducks. in the past six games, Steer is 12-27, knocking in 14 RBI’s. Steer currently leads the team in RBI’s (34) and is on pace to lead the Oregon for the third consecutive season. The shortstop is just two RBI’s away from tying Kyle Garlick for third all time in OU history.
  • Cardinal’s Wulff was dialed in at the plate against Kafka sending his second shot out of the park, hitting a solo dinger to left. Four batters later Stanford second-baseman Duke Kinamon hit the third home run of the game given up by Kafka. Kinamon’s two-run homer gave Stanford a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th.
  • Right-fielder Jakob Goldfarb began the Duck’s late-inning attempt to claw back down just three in the 6th with a single to center, scoring first-baseman Gabe Matthews from third.
  • Steer later reached on a fielders choice with runners on the corners, closing their deficit to 5-4. That makes 31 multi-RBI games for Steer, tying Ryon Healy for second, just one behind Mitchell Tolman for the school record. Oregon’s bats couldn’t keep producing runs however, striking out three times in the final two innings, cutting their rally short.
  • Kafka, C.: (L, 4-3) 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP

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#3 Stanford

Ducks 5 - Cardinal 20

  • Mario Christobal threw out the ceremonial first pitch in game 2 of the conference matchup and from the looks of it, we might as well have kept him on the mound.
  • Oregon allowed a season-high 20 runs against the #3 ranked Cardinal. Stanford put Oregon in a big hole early with a five-run 1st. Stanford’s starting pitcher Will Matthiessen was dominant both on the mound and with the bat in his hands in game 2. Matthiessen, the junior right-hander, allowed only 1 run in 5.0 IP. It was what he did with the bat, that was most impressive. The starting pitcher ripped a two-run double down the left-field line for the first runs of the game. Matthiessen finished the game 3-5 with 3 RBI’s. Moments later Stanford’s Daschbach went oppo-taco with a three-run homer to right field.
  • Ducks’ Gabe Matthews finally got Oregon on the board with a monster solo home run in the fourth inning that landed on the Player Development Area behind the bullpen. Matthews home run and DH Taylor Adams’ grand slam in the 8th inning were about the only things to write home about after taking an embarrassing “L” in game 2.
  • Adams along with Steer are the only two Ducks with multiple grand slams this season. Steer was also able to extend his school-record hitting streak to 17 games with a single up the middle.
  • Things began to really unravel for Oregon in the 5th and 6th innings giving up a combined 11 runs. Stanford totaled 5 home runs, setting the record for most home runs hit by a team in one game at PK Park.
  • Stringer, C.: (L, 1-1) 4.0 IP, 8 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Walker, B.: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Noble, J.: 0.1 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Chase, K.: 2.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
  • Ciuffetelli, C.: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K

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#3 Stanford

Ducks 0 - Cardinal 10

  • It seems Oregon’s hot hitting has come to a stop after being shut out by Stanford in the final game of the home series. The Cardinal opened the game with another five-run 1st inning. Starting pitcher Tyler Frazier struggled with his command early. The right-hander was unable to even make it through the 1st inning before head coach George Horton decided to pull the freshman from the game. Frazier allowed 5 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in just 0.2 IP.
  • The Ducks’ pitching staff did fan 13 batters in their 10-0 loss. Junior right-hander Ryne Nelson struck out 8 batters in 3.2 innings pitched, just two K’s shy of his career-high. Nelson was the only pitcher in Saturday afternoon’s game to not give up a run against the Cardinal.
  • Oregon’s bats were never really able to string any hits together, combining for only 7 hits total. Goldfarb (2-4) was the only Duck in the lineup to have multiple hits in game 3. Lead-off batter Sam Novitske has reached base in 36 of Oregon’s 38 games played in 2019. Steer, the Ducks’ hits leader, extends hit-streak to 18 games in the loss to Stanford doubling down the left field line over the third-base bag.
  • With the two home runs given up Saturday, Oregon’s pitching staff gave up a combined 10 homers in the three games against Stanford at PK Park. The Ducks’ pitching staff finished with an 11.667 ERA at home to closeout the series.
  • Frazier, T.: (L, 0-2) 0.2 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 0 K

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STATE OF THE PAC

#3 Stanford (29-6-0) / Conf. (13-2-0)

#2 Oregon State (28-10-1) / Conf. (14-4-0)

#1 UCLA (31-7-0) / Conf. (14-4-0)

#15 Arizona State (31-8-0) / Conf. (12-6-0)

California (21-14-0) / Conf. (8-7-0)

USC (17-21-1) / Conf. (8-9-1)

Oregon (22-16-0) / Conf. (7-8-0)

Arizona (18-20-0) / Conf. (6-12-0)

Washington (18-17-0) / Conf. (5-10-0)

Utah (12-22-0) / Conf. (4-14-0)

Washington State (8-28-1) / Conf. (1-13-1)

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

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DUCK OF THE WEEK

Jakob Goldfarb

Coming back after missing a month due to an ankle injury, Goldfarb was one of the more consistent bats in Oregon’s lineup. In the rather disappointing home series against the #3 ranked Cardinal, Goldfarb was 3-10 with an RBI and 2 BB. Goldfarb came back after a bit of a hiatus and didn’t seem to skip a beat in his return earning Duck of the Week honors.

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On Deck:

California (27-6-0)