Oregon Baseball entered the game on Saturday with a good start to a new winning streak beating Arizona 6-1 on Friday night behind the arm of Tommy Thorpe and the bat of Shawn Chase who hit two homeruns on the night. Saturday would not start well for the home team with a solid crowd at PK Park who had just watched the football team in the Spring Game a few hours earlier. Oregon Starter Jeff Gold would take the mound for Oregon.
Arizona was early to strike picking up a run in the first inning. The Oregon Ducks had men on base in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to convert them to runs. The Top of the second saw Gold settle in for the Ducks who struck out two Wildcats in the inning. Friday night hero Oregon Catcher Shaun Chase would strike out on the bottom of the second inning. The Ducks would not take long to tie things up.
Oregon scored the tying run on an Aaron Baungartner single scoring Mark Karaviotis from second base to make it 1-1. Arizona’s Krause doubles off the wall in right in the top of the fourth but Michael Hoard flies out to end the inning. The Wildcats would tie the game in the top of the sixth inning before Arizona took the lead on a hit from Krause, his second of the game. The Wildcats would chase Oregon Starter Jeff Gold and pick up two hits against Oregon’s Bullpen. Jordan Spencer allowed two more runs to score giving Arizona a 5-2 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.
Oregon would put runners on first and second with pinch hitter J.B. Bryant at the plate. The Wildcats would get another run across the plate in the top of the seventh making it 6-2 Wildcats. Oregon would strike with four runs in the bottom of the seventh including a triple off the bat Kyle Garlick making him the Ducks Career Leader in the category with 12. The Ducks would tie the game with two outs on a homerun by Steven Packard.
The game would remain all square as Closer Jake Reed would pitch the Oregon Ducks to the bottom of the ninth inning and through the tenth inning without allowing an Arizona run to score. Oregon did not wait long to strike with two consecutive hits and Austin Grebeck with a single through the infield won it for Oregon in 10 innings 7-6.
The finale of the series with Arizona is Sunday at 4pm.