Oregon takes series finale versus Wichita St

The No. 24 ranked Ducks (14-9) earn a split against the Wichita State Shockers (17-8) with a 7-6 victory Sunday afternoon.

The Ducks relied on a five run sixth inning to take hold of the game. KC Serna broke open the floodgates with an RBI single with the bases loaded to score two runs and give the Ducks their first lead of the game.

"I just felt fortunate enough to be in that spot," said Serna, who went 2-for-4. "I think every one of my teammates wants to be in that position with the bases loaded, down by one, and wanting to come through for the team."

Danny Pulfer continued the production and picked up his third RBI of the season on a bunt single that scored Andrew Mendenhall while freshmen outfielders Aaron Jones and Kyle Garlick followed that with RBI singles, giving the Ducks seven hits in the inning, all singles.

"If we would've gone out with a loss on this one it would be a lot tougher I think," said Jones, who was 2-for-5 with two RBI's.

The big inning came on the heels of a terrible start to the game when the Ducks stranded eight runners in scoring position. Unlike Saturday, the Ducks found a way to persevere.

"What I was most proud of is that they grinded through it and got the table set again and had some positive things happen," said manager George Horton.

Though it was little league day at PK Park on Sunday afternoon, the most excited person in a baseball uniform may have been freshman pitcher Ryon Healy.

Healy got his first start of his collegiate career after filling in as a utility player to begin the year. Healy was solid throughout the day, giving up one run on five hits and striking out five, earning a no decision.

"Those first eight pitches in the warm-ups were exhilarating," said Healy. "I didn't really feel my body at first and I finally got a breath in and settled down and threw some strikes."

Healy had to deal with the elements on top of his nerves as the game was delayed in third inning by rain. Despite having never pitched in the rain before and having no run support, Healy said he was still confident on the hill.

"My job is just to keep us in the game and keep putting zeros on the scoreboard," he said.

From there the Ducks turned it over to junior Alex Keudell who calmly retired all 10 batters he faced in order after relieving Healy with two outs in the sixth. He picked up his third victory of the season.

The win gives the Ducks a momentum boost heading into conference play next week at Arizona State. Horton said that he'd like to have seen the offense playing better by now in order to compete with the other teams in the PAC-10.

"As good as our pitching is you would suspect that we are going to have to score some runs to be successful next weekend and through the entire PAC-10 conference," he said. "There are good players and probably better teams than what we've been playing against."

The players, excited to escape the terrible Oregon weather they've had to endure, welcome the challenge of conference play.

"We look at it as another game and another series," said Serna. "We're excited to get out of the rain and go down to Arizona and get in the sunshine."

GAME NOTES –

Attendance was 1302 at PK Park today.

Despite the big inning the Ducks only managed four hits outside of the sixth and stranded 11 men on base.

The Shockers scored their lone run in the top of the sixth inning on third baseman Tyler Coughenour's RBI single that scored catcher Chris O'Brien.


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