The Oregon Baseball team over the last few months has struggled to find their identity. The biggest factor seems to be two key players that were lost for the year, one of them in Starting Pitcher Cole Irvin before the season began. In late March in the midst of a nine game winning streak it was Freshman Starting Pitcher Matt Krook who went down and, like Irvin, had Tommy John Surgery ending his season. Fast forward to this weekend and the Oregon Ducks lost two of three games visiting Arizona State.
The Oregon Ducks took game one of the series and had a lead in Game 2 early, 4-0 in the first inning thanks in part to a Kyle Garlick three run home run. The team would allow nine runs from the Sun Devils and fall 9-4. Oregon Starter Jeff Gold struggled through 2 2/3 innings giving up eight runs and picking up his first loss of the 2014 season. The game on Sunday had a similar result for George Horton’s team.
Oregon was down 8-2 entering the final inning but had the chance at a rally leaving the tying run on base to end the game. Oregon went with Starter Brando Tessar on the mound who took the loss and is now 4-1 on the year. He threw 3 2/3 innings allowing seven runs(four earned) and giving up ten hits. With the losses and other happenings around the Pac-12 Conference this weekend the Oregon Ducks maintain the three spot in the rankings, now tied with Arizona State.
The Oregon Ducks host Pacific for one game on Tuesday (6pm, Pac-12 Networks) at PK Park before hitting the road again for a weekend three game series at UCLA.