The Oregon Ducks bats are as hot as ever, and this team is starting to tear it up after losing the first game of the season. That loss is almost meaningless at this point, because the Ducks have won their fourth game straight. Belmont stood no chance against the 4-1 Oregon Ducks, as Ryon Healy led the way with four RBIs in the 13-4 romping at Rose Park.
Lefty Jordan Spencer starter for the Oregon Ducks, but he only lasted for 1 2/3 innings after struggling his control and walking three batters in that time span. However, the freshman’s performance didn’t hurt his team much, as he only gave up one run. Billy Flamion won the first game of his career by pitching 4.1 solid innings of two-run baseball, and David Wylie finished the game off for the Oregon Ducks and did not walk a single batter. Wylie also gave up just one run and set down three Belmont hitters on strikes.
Belmont’s starter was hittable, as Matt Hamann had an off game for the Bruins and was chased for nine hits and eight earned runs (ten unearned) in four innings of work. The six strikeouts did not matter in what was a disappointing game. Healy, Connor Hoffman, and Shaun Chase all hit home runs for the Oregon Ducks, and Jared Breen added a round-tripper for the Bruins. Breen was able to score two runs and draw a walk in a 1-3 ballgame for the shortstop.
Oregon’s shortstop, J.J. Altobelli, knocked two hits and crossed the plate twice and did not need to record a putout at short. After all, the Ducks pitching staff allowed just six hits in this game, while Belmont conceded 13 knocks to the Ducks. Ryon Healy was phenomenal as the DH and cleanup hitter for the Oregon Ducks, and he went 3-5 with four steaks and that home run. He also added two runs of his own, with one of them obviously coming from the home run he hit. Chase, 2-4 with 3 RBIs, has two home runs this season and is comfortably in the No. 5 spot directly behind Healy. The first baseman walked once and did not strike out, and he also managed to reach home plate twice.
Next up is a big three game set at 2:00 PM PT today against No. 17 Vanderbilt, and Alex Keuell will have to top a tough Vandy team in what will surely be a telling series for this squad.
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