“We’ll take that anytime, going into the PAC or beating a team four straight times,” Head Coach George Horton said of his team’s four game sweep.
Stringer tossed five and two-thirds innings giving up four hits, one walk with three strikeouts on 68 pitches in the two and half hour contest. With the win, Stringer now goes to 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA on the season.
“Fastball really, fastball height,” revealed Stringer on what was working for him in today’s game. “Keeping it down low, playing at PK Park is easy to get quick outs.”
Both teams were getting a feel of each other as they battled inning after inning until Oregon was able to break up the scoring in the bottom of the fifth. Spencer Steer broke up the scoreless game when he doubled to left field bringing in A.J. Balta and Matthew Dyer. Daniel Patzlaff would later knock in Steer for the third and final run on a single that was hit right back up the middle to center field.
“It is contagious,” said Steer speaking of the Ducks offense. “Once one guy gets on it usually turns into a domino effect.”
Michael Bono of Santa Clara pitched six innings, throwing 96 pitches, giving up four hits, three earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts giving him the loss. Bono is now 0-2 on the year with a 5.54 ERA.
“He was kind of living up in the zone,” commented Steer talking about Bono. “He had some velocity and it was hard to get on top of him."
Andre Nnebe started the game off for Santa Clara with a single but would be thrown out after trying to swipe second base when he notice a break down on the Ducks defense. The Broncos would shower a couple more hits throughout the game but could never get their offense going.
Oregon’s bullpen came on in relief and was lights out, going three and a third innings giving up one hit and allowing no runs after facing 13 batters. Kenyon Yovan entered the top of the ninth shutting down Santa Clara earning his fifth save of the season.
Oregon opens up conference play next week, March 17-19, when the Ducks head to the Bay Area to face off against the California Golden Bears in a three game series