Oregon Baseball started last week’s road trip with a two game split against San Francisco. Then entered a rainy Palo Alto to try to get back on track, but ran into the weather. Friday’s game turned into a doubleheader where Oregon would lose both games. The first game did not offer a good start for the Ducks.
The first six Cardinal hitters reached base leading to an early 3-0 lead for Stanford. Mitchell Tolman and A.J. Balta had three hits each for Oregon, and Tolman had the hot bat for the Ducks in the Doubleheader with five hits. The Ducks lost 6-3 and Starter Tommy Thorpe gave up five earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings of work,The second game was closer for the Ducks .
Oregon clamped down on allowing Stanford hitters to reach base, giving up just three hits along with ten strikeouts, led by Freshman Matt Krook. He allowed one run on two hits in seven innings and struck out seven. On the basepads the Ducks were led by Mark Karviotis who went 2-4 and scored the only run for George Horton in the fifth inning. The Ducks fell 2-1 in 11 innings. Oregon had a day off on Saturday to regroup before Sunday’s Finale. There was good news for the finale. Starter Jeff Gold had yet to lose a start this season, starting 6-0 and he did not disappoint getting the Ducks to a victory and snapping a two game skid.
In the series finale Gold received plenty of early run support in the way of a seven run second inning, giving the Ducks an 8-0 lead. Everyone seemed to get into the act for the team victory. Tyler Baumgartner went 2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s and two runs scored. Shaun Chase was 2 for 4 with a solo home run and two RBI’s. The Ducks look to take the momentum from an 8-2 win with them as they continue their road trip.
Oregon has another midweek set with Gonzaga on Tuesday(6pm PT) and Wednesday(3pm PT) before continuing Pac-12 play this weekend and a three game series at Washington on Friday(7pm PT), Saturday(7pm PT) and Sunday (3pm PT). All games are on the Pac-12 Network.