After winning Game one on Friday Night, the Oregon Baseball team needed to get off to a hot start on Saturday against the Washington Huskies with the chase for first place in the Pac-12 Conference in sight. The Ducks would end up playing a defensive battle that started out well for Freshman Pitcher Matt Krook allowing one hit and striking out four until he called for trainers in the third inning and took himself out of the game. Oregon Coach George Horton was forced to go to his bullpen, who did a solid job in the 1-0 losing effort to Washington.
Following a lone Washington run given up by Trent Paddon in four innings of work, the three Oregon pitchers that followed him, Jordan Spencer, Porter Clayton, and Stephen Nogosek would not only keep the Huskies off the basepads but through the final inning and 2/3 would not give up a hit. The Ducks did have a chance in the end to tie the game. Tyler Baumgartner, Mitchell Tolman and Kyle Garlick would load the bases and with two outs in the ninth it was up to Shaun Chase, who flied out to the left fielder to end the game. Oregon is now two games out of first place, two back of the Pac-12 leading Huskies at 9-2.
More on Oregon Pitcher Matt Krook…Head Coach George Horton told the Pac-12 Network that Krook was suffering from arm stiffness and he didn’t want to take any chances. More on the Ducks pitcher when and if it becomes available.
The rubber game of the series, Game 3, is tomorrow at 3pm PT(Pac-12 Network)