The Oregon Ducks baseball team dropped the first two games against the rival Washington Huskies, but they won the final game of the series 3-2 in extra innings, in the second game of a Saturday double-header. Jimmie Sherfy continued his fantastic run, and the 3-0 pitcher helped the Oregon Ducks improve to 3-0 in extra innings (13 innings of play). Starter Brando Tessar was solid as usual and gave up just one run in 6.1 innings and struck out eight batters compared to just six hits and two walks. Sherfy, in a glorified relief role, pitched the final 6.2 frames and allowed just one run and one walk while striking out six Huskies himself.
The top of the 13th was pivotal for the Oregon Ducks, and Adam Cimber, who received his first loss of the season, walked Andrew Mendenhall to lead off the inning. That’s never a good sign, and Mendenhall made it to second on the ensuing out. The Huskies gifted the game to the Ducks, after an error by second baseman Joe Meggs (1-6, three strikeouts) on an at-bat by fan favorite J.J. Altobelli allowed Mendenhall to score. Altobelli, by the way, went 0-5 but scored after walking.
For the Huskies, starter Austin Voth and reliever Zach Wright allowed just two runs between them in the first nine innings of the game, with Wright pitching three scoreless frames for the home team. Both pitchers allowed just one hit, which is remarkable for Voth given that he pitched six innings. However, he also allowed the most earned runs in the game (2) and was the only Husky to allow an earned run against the No. 17 Oregon Ducks. Below are three notable offensive performances.
1. Trevor Mitsui 1B WAS- 2-5, 2B, R
2. Aaron Jones C ORE- 1-4, 2 RBI, 2B, BB
3. Jayce Ray CF WAS- 2-6, 1 RBI
State of note: The Washington Huskies outhit the Oregon Ducks 10-4.
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