No. 24 Oregon Ducks baseball avoids Civil War sweep by No. 10 Oregon State

Oregon outfielder Bryce Boettcher makes a catch.
Oregon outfielder Bryce Boettcher makes a catch. / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA

The Ducks baseball team was dangerously close to a slump as they dropped the first two games to in-state rival Oregon State.

In game one of the series, the Beavers held the Ducks scoreless in a 2-0 victory. In game two, Oregon scored first but after a back-and-forth battle, the Beavs walked away victorious again, winning 4-2.

However, in the third game of the road series, Oregon seemed to find its batting, pitching, fielding… Okay, to put it simply, it looked like the Ducks remembered how to play good baseball.

Scoring runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th innings, the Ducks found themselves ahead 6-0 and they held the score until the bottom of the 7th inning.

Kevin Seitter pitched for seven innings allowing the Beavers just 1 hit and 1 run. Seitter finished the day with 105 pitches, including 69 strikes and 9 strikeouts.

Brady Kasper had Oregon State’s first hit of the game and it was a big one… Kasper bombed a homer over the fence to send himself around the bases and back home, bringing the Beavers a run closer to the Ducks’ score.

With two innings remaining, Oregon was ahead 6-1 and Ryan Featherstone took the mound to help the Ducks avoid being swept by Oregon State.

Despite a walk and a hit by the Beavers, Featherstone retired three batters to send the game to the final inning.

Kicking off the top of the 9th, Bryce Boettcher knocked one out of the park to put Oregon back on top by 6 runs. His homer was Boettcher’s first hit of the three-game series.

Featherstone and the Ducks knocked out the Beavers in order during the bottom of the ninth to earn the 7-1 victory over Oregon State.

The Ducks will host the Beavers at PK Park in Eugene on Monday for a single game before hosting the Utah Utes for a three-game series.

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