A typical baseball season is filled with ups and downs and early on in 2013 the Oregon Ducks(8-3) have seen both so far. Momentum is a funny thing, it can come and go in the blink of an eye. After a successful 3-1 homestand at PK Park last weekend, Oregon hit the road to face Cal State Fullerton for a three game series. The Ducks would lose the first two games and salvage the finale in the series.
Oregon Starting pitcher Jake Reed began a solid night on Friday. The game would unravel in the fifth and sixth innings and Cal State Fullerton scored seven runs in two innings. Oregon’s offense could not keep up led by First Baseman Ryon Healy(2-4, RBI) and Brett Thomas(1-3, Run Scored, RBI). They fell 8-2.
On Saturday, Healy continued to have the hot hands at the plate with two hits. Oregon Starting Pitcher Tommy Thorpe gave up three runs in the first. It was a hit of the worst kind for the Ducks, two men on and two out. Fullerton’s Michael Lorenzen hit a three run homer off the left field foul pole. The Ducks were able to score two for the game, but it wasn;t enough. Justin Garza took the win for the Titans, allowing two runs on six hits in eight innings.Cal State Fullerton won 5-2.
In the Sunday Finale Oregon turned to Freshman Cole Irvin on the mound and he was able to give the Ducks what the needed. He pitched seven innings, giving up eight hits while giving up a run and striking out three. At the plate Brett Hambright went 3-4 with 3 RBI’s. Closer Jimmie Sherfy got some work to close it out in a non save situation as Oregon won 9-1.
The Ducks return home to PK Park this week and get right back to it. Oregon hosts Cal State Northridge for two games Monday(6pm) and Tuesday(Noon) and This Weekend will host Vanderbilt for a three game set Friday(6pm), Saturday(2pm), and Sunday(Noon) followed by a two game series with Texas State Tuesday and Wednesday(both games at 6pm) before kicking off the Pac 12 schedule in Los Angeles against USC.
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