Daniel Patzlaff got things going for the Ducks in the second inning with a two RBI single, which was followed by an error on the Bulldogs pitcher that allowed taylor Travess to score and then Kyle Kasser smoked an RBI single to right center to bring home Patzlaff for the fourth run.
The Ducks jumped out in front with an early 4-0 lead and chased Graham Ashcraft from the game after one and two-thirds innings. Ashcraft struck out one batter while giving up four runs but earning two of those runs.
Oregon took the field behind starting pitcher Cole Stringer, who struck out three batters in five and one-third innings while giving up three runs on eight hits. Mississippi State had a tough time picking up Stinger’s pitches but finally broke through in the top of the sixth with an RBI single by Brent Rooker.
MSU would bring in two more runs in the sixth before Stringer was pulled in relief of Parker Kelly who struck out the next two batters he faced. Parker only lasted one and two-thirds innings before he also was pulled after giving up an RBI double to Jake Mangum and a single to Ryan Gridley which put the Bulldogs up 5-4 heading into the eighth inning.
Cooper Stiles came into the game for the Ducks to pitch the top of the eighth and shut the door on the Bulldogs, striking out two batters and getting one to ground out, getting them to go 1-2-3.
Reliever Ryan Cyr who replaced Ashcraft, went five and two-thirds innings giving up only one run on two hits but walked three batters. Oregon started to battle Cyr when he began showing fatigue after striking out A.J. Balta but then hit Matthew Dyer with a pitch and then walked Braden Stutzman.
The MSU bullpen was active again, this time with the third right-hander Ryan Rigby, came in to replace Cyr with one out in the bottom of the eighth and faced off against pinch hitter Tim Susnara, who would end up hitting the game tying sacrifice fly to right field after a wild pitch that advanced the runners up an extra base.
Oregon’s coach George Horton responded by sending Kenyon Yovan to the mound for the Ducks in the top of the ninth to close out the last three innings. Yovan ran into some trouble when he gave up back-to-back singles in the top of the tenth inning but was able to get of the jam. Yovan struck out six batters and gave up four hits.
“Kenyon gave us a chance,” said Kasser speaking of Yovan’s great pitching in relief.
The fourth MSU right-hander, Spencer Price took over the mound for MSU and pitched two and third innings before giving up the game winning single to Kasser in the bottom of the 11th inning. With the hit, Kasser collected his second RBI of the game.
Kasser has been the hero for the Ducks twice this weekend as he was the hero of the opener on Friday with round-tripper.
“Danny (Patzlaff) got on base, I was just looking for a fastball,” said Kasser of his game winning hit. “I got it and put a good swing on it.”
Yovan picked up the win giving him his first win (1-0) of the season while
Price fell victim and lost his first game of the season (1-1).
“I didn't want to pitch around them, I wanted to attack them right off the bat and get ahead," commented Yovan on his aggressive pitching approach. “Once I get ahead, I can go to my secondary pitches and the slider was working really well today.”
Oregon Ducks (6-4) host UC Davis (3-6) Monday March 6, 2017 at 6 p.m. PST at PK Park