Oregon now 15-6 for the season

EUGENE, ORE. -- The Oregon Ducks came into Sunday’s rubber match game looking for a three-game sweep over their rival the Washington Huskie but fell short losing 12-3. The took the two earlier games and now have a record of 15-6 for the season and 5-2 in conference play.games. 

Things went sour early when Zack Noll took the mound for the Ducks and found himself in trouble from the get go. Noll loaded the bases in the top of the first and would quickly see the Huskies jump out in front, 4-0, after a grand slam by Willie MacIver.  Noll would get through 2 innings giving up two hits, six runs, six earned runs, four walks and three strikeouts on 55 pitches before being replaced by LHP Cole Stringer, who took over in the top of the third inning after Noll gave up back-to-back walks.   

“Control issues, obviously walking guys, we had seven walks today,” said Head coach George Horton on Noll’s performance.  

 The freshmen Gabe Matthews broke through the Huskies defense when he took Washington RHP JOe DeMers deep to right field for a two out RBI double in the bottom of the sixth, his fourth of the series. Matthews is responsible for five of the six runs the Ducks have scored in the three game series.   

Oregon burned through seven total pitchers, six relief, in the blowout loss to the Huskies pitching a total of 202 pitches.   

“Today our pitchers nibbled, got behind a million three ball counts, two and zero counts and then we really did a poor job executing two strike pitches when we did get ahead,” observed Horton on the team’s pitching performance. 

DeMers was lights out for the Huskies keeping the Ducks hitters off balanced at the plate for a majority of the game. At one point the Ducks had only three hits through five innings on 58 pitch attempts by DeMers.   

After running into some trouble in the seventh inning, loading the bases on a hits batsman and two walks, Kenyon Yovan would finally chase DeMers from the hill. Yovan hit a soft chopper up the first base line, scoring Spencer Steer from third, for the first out.  DeMers threw 91 pitches in six and a third innings, giving up five hits, three runs, three earned runs, three strikeouts and two walks.   

Willie MacIver lead the Huskies with five RBI’s, four of them coming off the 1st inning four run grand slam to deep left field and would push across his fifth run an inning later when he single to left scoring Jack Meggs. MacIver finished the day going 3-of-4 at the plate.   

Joey Morgan, Nick Kahle and Levi Jordan each had two RBI’s apiece for the Huskies as they helped tack on three more runs in the top of the ninth to really seal the deal.   

“Tip your cap to the Huskies, they got up off the deck and did something about it,”  concluded Horton on the Huskies performance.   

With the loss the Ducks now fall to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Ducks travel north to Portland to take on the Pilots in a one-game series Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. Pacific on Pac-12 Networks. 

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