Oregon falls to Washington in extras again

Washington (9-19, 2-3) scored three in the top of the tenth inning to register their second consecutive extra innings victory over Oregon (14-14, 0-5) with a score of 3–0.

In a near repeat performance of last night, the Ducks were haunted by errors in the late innings defensively. Redshirt senior first baseman Shawn Peterson mishandled Chase Anselment's ground ball allowing him to reach base to start the inning.

Junior reliever Scott McGough (0-4) then elected to try and get Anselment at second on the ensuing bunt by Huskies catcher B.K. Santy, but made a poor throw instead, putting two on with no one out.

"I would've felt a lot better had [McGough] got his feet under him and gotten an out at first and at least made them get a hit to do something instead of pretty much giving away the game," Manager George Horton said.

After centerfielder Spencer Rogers was hit by a pitch, Huskies left fielder Joe Meggs executed a suicide squeeze with the bases loaded to score Anselment.

The Huskies scored twice more in the inning after a passed ball got by Jack Marder to score Santy. Huskies third baseman Troy Scott singled off of freshman reliever Porter Clayton to left field to bring home Rogers.

"It's frustrating that we continue to find ways to give the opposition not only innings but also games," Horton said.

The loss spoiled a career night for Madison Boer on the mound. The junior pitched nine innings of four hit, shutout baseball, registering only two walks and a career best nine strikeouts.

Boer allowed only six Huskies on the base paths, and only one after the fifth inning. He retired the last seven batters he faced in order and finished with a no decision.

"I felt dialed in. I felt like I was competing really well and just making pitches," Boer said.

However, the perpetually struggling Ducks offense no-showed again for the pitching staff. The offense registered only five hits in ten innings, put only seven runners on base, and a paltry three runners in scoring position.

"Maddy has kind of been the brunt of a lot of no decisions where he's pitched really well," Horton said.

The Ducks had an opportunity to score in the bottom of the second with runners on first and second with two outs. Sophomore third baseman J.J. Altobelli's grounder was booted by Huskies second baseman Jacob Lamb, which should've loaded the bases.

But, in what seemed like an extension of last night's base running woes, freshman right fielder Aaron Jones was waved home by third base coach Mike Kirby and was subsequently thrown out by a mile at the plate.

"Coach Kirby thought it might've bounced farther away and that's another thing of a coach maybe trying too hard," Horton said.

Oregon squandered a second chance in the fifth inning with runners at the corners and one out. Junior shortstop K.C. Serna struck out and two batters later, with the bases loaded, freshman left fielder Stefan Sabol popped out to second base. The Ducks never threatened again.

"I didn't think we put much pressure on them at all," Horton said. "We had one spot that we could've done something and Serna guesses and looks like crap striking out on a fastball."

Huskies starter Aaron West, who had a 4.72 earned run average (ERA) entering the game had an equally as impressive performance on the hill.

West registered his first win of the season after throwing nine innings, giving up only five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

The problematic season, for Horton, is becoming reminiscent of 2009, he said. It has come to the point where even he is at a loss for words.

"It's like, holy cow, you know. A bloop hit last night, an error with no outs, a hit batter, it's like one thing after another. We haven't been able to catch a break," he said.

Despite the struggles, Horton says that he's still trotting out the best team he has every night.

"KC, obviously and Marder, what we think are our better players are not having good years," Horton said. He added, "They're our best players and they can't get it going unless you allow them to get at bats and get going."

"We'll stick with them as long as they deserve to be stuck with," Horton said.

GAME NOTES –

Tonight was Vegas night at the ballpark and a free trip to Vegas was given away via a dance contest.

The Ducks are now 1-4 in extra inning games. Serna was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. The top of the order combined to go 1-for-12 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Attendance was 1970.

Interestingly enough, both McGough and Marder stayed late and practiced in game situations related to tonight's game. They were seen practicing squeeze bunt situations, ground balls down the line, and getting lead runners at second.

A post game highlight/interview reel is available here courtesy of photographer Andrew Louie (copy and paste link): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFdEP6h5woI&feature=youtu.be


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