Les Murakami Stadium witnessed an offensive explosion at its finest from the Oregon Ducks, as the Ducks took the series 2-1 against the Hawaii Warriors with a 14-5 blowout victory. Shortstop J.J. Altobelli led the way with 3 hits on 6 at-bats and two RBIs, including a double. Catcher Aaron Jones made his first start of the season at catcher, and the sophomore scored and drove in two runs on three hits to help lead the Ducks attack. Jones also added a stolen base after swiping six in eight attempts as a freshman in 2011.
Joe Goldenberg had the only steaks for the Warriors, and the pinch-hitter came in to replace Zack Swasey (0-3) in right field. Goldenberg knocked a two RBI double in one at-bat and struck out in the other plate appearance. First baseman Conner George and DH Trevor Podratz scored two runs apiece, and George was the only Warrior who notched multiple hits.
Brando Tessar took the mound for the Oregon Ducks to start the game and allowed nine walks and hits in 6.2 innings while also allowing three runs. Billy Flamion pitched the last inning of the game and shut down Hawaii with two strikeouts in that inning.
Only eight of the 14 runs that Hawaii conceded to the Oregon Ducks were earned, and six of those eight earned runs were charged against starter Jon Flinn. He never struck out a batter and allowed eight hits in just 3.1 innings, and, in fact, the Warriors only struck out a player on the Oregon Ducks once in the game. This strikeout came from Kyle Dowdy and was on Andrew Mendenhall.
The Oregon Ducks were winning 2-0 in the top of the fourth, but they ran Flinn out of the ballgame and scored eight runs in total in the pivotal fourth to make it a 10-0 game. The Ducks were also aided by two defensive mishaps made by the Hawaii Warriors, and one of them was made by Flinn himself.
MVP: Aaron Jones for his 3-6 performance, which included a combined total of four runs and RBIs.
Stat to Note: Both teams left ten baserunners on, there were ten missed opportunities for the Warriors and ten runners mercifully stranded. The Warriors would have needed all ten of those guys to score in order to win this lopsided ordeal. They won the first game, but the Oregon Ducks took the series after a beauty of a second game.
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Tags: Aaron Jones Andrew Mendenhall Billy Flamion Brando Tessar Conner George Hawaii Warriors J.J. Altobelli Joe Goldenberg Jon Flinn Kyle Dowdy Les Murakami Stadium Oregon Ducks Baseball Trevor Podratz Zack Swasey