Deja Vu For Ducks

EUGENE, Ore.- Oregon (10-5) acted out an encore of Friday's script on Saturday, allowing two early runs without the offensive firepower to overcome the deficit, the Ducks fell 4-2 to Vanderbilt (15-1).

EUGENE, Ore.- Oregon (10-5) acted out an encore of Friday's script on Saturday, allowing two early runs without the offensive firepower to overcome the deficit, the Ducks fell 4-2 to Vanderbilt (15-1).

Like Friday, the Commodores got started in the second inning, when Mike Yastrzemski (grandson of Hall of Famer Carl), reached on a single, but advanced to second on a fielding error. The next batter up, Vince Conde, put a good swing on the ball to bring Yazstresmki in.

The Ducks were sloppy again in the third, when the speedy Tony Kemp scored on a wild pitch from Duck starter Tommy Thorpe.

Much like Jake Reed the day before, Thorpe would settle in and hold Vanderbilt at bay for the remainder of his start which ended after the sixth. But by then the Ducks trailed by two and the Vanderbilt defense and pitching were too much to overcome.

Commodores starter Tyler Beede was just as effective in less innings as Kevin Ziomek the night before in keeping Ducks off the base path, again relenting just two Oregon hits. Beede left the door open for the Oregon offensive, however, walking six Oregon batters.

It was seemingly the Ducks best hitter Ryon Healy in position to play the beneficiary of Beede's wild arm, coming to the plate on three occasions with runners in scoring position. But the first baseman was never able to up his team-best RBI count.

Healy did score the Ducks' first run of the game in the sixth inning, reaching on a throwing error, before scoring on a Steven Packard ground out to first.

The Commodores tacked on insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings. First, when the Oregon bullpen, headed by Jordan Spencer, was unable to find the strike zone. Spencer and Brando Tessar walked three batters, the third to score on a loaded bases situation. The second run came when Tony Kemp blooped a single just in front of left fielder Brett Thomas to score Spencer Navin.

Oregon's rally fell flat, but the Ducks were able to diminish the deficit in the eighth, when two Vanderbilt errors helped Ryan Hambright around the base path before Connor Hoffman knocked him in.

J.J. Altobelli followed Hoffman in the line-up, but struck out swinging with two runners on.

The Ducks and Commodores finish off their series Sunday at PK Park at noon.


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