After a disappointing trip south to play Cal State Fullerton and losing that three game series, Oregon looked to rebound at home against another California team, Cal State Northridge(5-7). In Game 1 Redshirt Freshman Pitcher Cole Wiper made his first career start for the Ducks going 3 2/3 giving up two hits, two runs and four walks. Brando Tessar made his first appearance of the year for Oregon and picked up the victory going 2 1/3 giving up four hits and one run.
The game was tight until Oregon opened it in the eighth sparked by First Baseman Ryon Healy going 3-5 with a career high four RBIs. Closer Jimmie Sherfy entered in the eighth innning and earned the save for the Ducks.
Game 2 was Tuesday afternoon and offered some offense and solid pitching along with some rain but no delays at PK Park. Oregon Starter Jeff Gold went 7 innings, scattering six hits, giving up an unearned run and striking out six. His ERA on the season is a microscopic .51
“We weren’t on it offensively today, obviously, with a lot of hits, bunting game wasn’t as good as we want it to be under wet conditions. Finding a way to win and finding a way to create runs has kind of been us, you know? We’re not a 14, 15 hit kind of team, although we got quite a few yesterday.”
Oregon Head Coach George Horton on the Win in Wet Conditions
Gold also had quite the defensive play as well.
This play made it to #2 on ESPN’s Sportscenter in the Top 10 Plays Segment on Wednesday. The Ducks were able to add a run in the eighth, with Brett Hambright scoring on a double by Stephen Packard as the Ducks won by the score of 4-1 over Cal State Northridge as Oregon Pitcher Garrett Cleavinger came in with a man on and retired the side for his first save of the season. Oregon takes the two game series and looks to the weekend and a three game set with #2 Vanderbilt at PK Park.
Game 1 is set for Friday at 6pm, Saturday is a 2pm start, and Sunday at Noon. Coverage if you can’t make it to PK Park will be available on the Pac 12 Network Live Stream.
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