UO Athletic Department

Freshman Zack Noll goes five innings giving up one run off four hits.

EUGENE, ORE. -- After taking 2-of-3 games from Mississippi State Bulldogs over the weekend, the Ducks looked to keep the momentum going against UC Davis Aggies Monday night. Zack Noll took the mound for the Ducks looking to keep the Aggies at bay. Oregon is now 7-4 on the season after the win.

Noll pitched five strong solid innings, after his first game was rained out, for the Ducks tonight. Noll picked up his first win of the season allowing one run on four hits, four strikeouts and one walk in the 7-2 victory.

I felt like Noll pitched well in his first college start, said catcher Tim Susnara in praising the freshman pitcher. Hes been waiting for that opportunity.

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got things started for the Ducks with a leadoff double down the left field line but Oregon was unable to push across any runs in the bottom of the first after loading the bases.

 

In the bottom of the third inning, Oregon got heated up and was able to load the bases with the first three batters. Taylor Travess would hit into a fielder's choice that would score Jake Bennett, who led off the inning with a single. Following right behind him was Gabe Matthews, who also advanced home on a throwing error by the shortstop. The very next batter, Spencer Steer would hit a single that drove in Travess for the third and final run of the inning.

In the fourth inning, Noll gave up a leadoff hit, which resulted in the Aggies' Jacob Thomas advancing to third on a throwing error. Thomas would later come in to score after Ryan Anderson grounded into a fielders choice to the shortstop.

Later in the inning, Mark Cardinalli, who was originally hit by the pitch, was waved home to tally another run for the Aggies but was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Travess.

 

UC Davis Matt Blais was taken out of the game early after giving up four runs, two earned, on eight hits, after only four and two-thirds innings. He only managed one strikeout for the night, but totaled five walks to the same batter, Susnara.

 

No, not even close, commented Susnara about the amount of walks during his baseball career. It felt like two or three.

 

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Matthew Dyer hit a two out a two-run triple down the third baseline, bringing in Susnara and Matthews to extend the Ducks lead to 6-1.

 Isaiah Carranza came in at the bottom of the sixth to replace Noll, and was lights out the remainder of the night, allowing one earned run over four innings.

The Ducks look forward to improving and getting stronger as a team as the season moves towards conference play.

Its one thing to talk about winning or putting together a streak, but when you experience it (a winning streak), maybe settling them down and having confidence that we can maybe play good baseball for an extended period of time until we start conference, Head Coach George Horton said about his team's current performance over the weekend. Its always good, like coming from behind yesterday.

With the win, the Ducks improved to 7-4 on the season and start a four game home series starting March 9-12 against Santa Clara.

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