Oregon falls to Washington in series opener

The Ducks (14-13, 0-4) continue to struggle in the clutch, dropping the opening game of the series to the lowly Huskies (8-19, 1-3) with a score of 4-3 in 14 innings.

Following a KC Serna error to start the 14th inning, Huskies shortstop Ty Afenir knocked in the third baseman Troy Scott from second base to put them ahead for good. Prior to the at bat, Afenir was 0-for-5 on the night.

Reliever Adam Cimber earned his second victory of the season and benefited from Ducks freshman outfielder Brett Thomas' running error that got him doubled up at second base to end the game following junior second baseman Danny Pulfer's fly out.

"Frustrating. Crummy. You know we continue to make mistakes defensively," Manager George Horton said of the loss. "If we just play catch and do our job we're not playing extra innings and then if we just play catch we're still playing."

The Ducks squandered multiple opportunities to score in extras, having runners in scoring position in the four of the five extra frames.

In the 11th the Ducks had runners on the corners following singles by redshirt senior Shawn Peterson and sophomore third baseman JJ Altobelli. With one out and pinch hitter Thomas at the plate, pinch runner Connor Hofmann was thrown out at home after taking off too early on a botched suicide squeeze. Thomas followed up with a ground out to end the threat.

"I think I've seen everything now. That's a pretty tough pill to swallow," Horton said.

The freshman mistakes weren't a result of a lack of focus according to Horton.

"They're trying too hard to make things happen because things aren't going well," Horton said.

In total the Ducks left 11 runners on base, five in scoring position. The Ducks also outhit the Huskies 12-7.

"There was a lot of emotion in the dugout as far as trying to pick each other up and getting that done," Horton said. "I'm not going to question the will of my team, I think they really are trying. It's a lack of experience or lack of being able to play with relaxed intensity, instead of just intensity."

Ducks senior reliever Kellen Moen had a strong outing coming on in the ninth inning and pitching a season-high six innings of relief. He had six strikeouts and gave up four hits in a losing performance.

"That was the most I've thrown but it felt pretty good. Usually I've been closing so I come out there and throw – I kind of empty the tank in one inning," Moen said.

Junior starter Tyler Anderson didn't have his best stuff, but he started strong retiring the first 10 batters he faced in order. He hit a rut in the third inning, giving up three runs on three hits. A sacrifice fly by Huskies second baseman Jacob Lamb scored left fielder Joe Meggs to tie the score at 1-1.

Following two walks and a single, catcher B.K. Santy hit a bloop single to right scoring two more, but Scott was thrown out trying to score at home to get the Ducks out of the inning.

"Tyler looked a little uncharacteristically wild to me. He didn't have command of all of his pitches," Horton said.

Anderson didn't give up another hit in his seven innings of work, finishing with four strikeouts and three walks.

The Ducks were on the board first in the second inning after Peterson knocked in freshman right fielder Aaron Jones from third on a ground out.

In the sixth inning Jones scored for the second time in the game on Peterson's RBI single to right field to cut the deficit to 3-2. Peterson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Ducks tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on sophomore catcher Jack Marder's RBI single to right field that scored freshman left fielder Stefan Sabol. Huskies right fielder Chase Anselment prevented any further damage by robbing Peterson of a single with a diving catch then subsequently throwing Marder out at first for the double play to end the inning.

Game Notes –

Pulfer extended his hitting streak to 12 games, which is a club record since its reinstatement.

The Ducks 7-9 batters went a combined 3-18 at the plate.

Moen's record dropped to 1-2 on the season.

Tonight was George Horton Mustache Night at PK Park.

Attendance was 1917.

Here's a link to the video of post games interviews with Moen and Horton hosted on YouTube courtesy of photographer/videographer, Andrew Louie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD3ce1RorjE&feature=youtu.be).


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