“We got off to a slow start, I was disappointed in the way we started defensively and I think eight of their 10 runs were two outs, we couldn’t put away the inning,” Head Coach George Horton said.
Quinn Brodey got the hitting started for Stanford when he singled to the right field and would later score on a wild pitch. Four batters later, Duke Kinamon would single to left field, which would plate two more runs for the Cardinal giving them an early 3-0 lead.
For Stanford, they put the ball in the hands of Chris Castellanos who for the most part was untouchable except for a hit here and there. Kyle Kasser was the first hit allowed by Stanford and Kasser would come around to score in the bottom of the first when Matthew Dyer hit an RBI single to right field.
Chris Castellanos would run into a little road jam but would get out of it in the bottom of the fifth when he would allow two runs to score on singles by Jake Bennett and Gabe Matthews. Castellanos would leave the game in the bottom of the seventh after giving up a lead off double to Morgan McCullough, who would score a couple plays later on a two out RBI double by Spencer Steer. Castellanos would go six and two-thirds giving up four runs on 10 hits, striking out four and walking one.
Cole Stringer came into the game replacing Isaiah Carranza who gave up a two out RBI triple to Nico Hoerner which pushed the Cardinals lead to 4-1. Stringer was looking to keep the Cardinal from adding additional runs to their lead. Stringer would give up two runs through four and a third innings while striking out three and walking one before being replaced by Cooper Stiles in the top of the seventh.
Stiles started off the seventh with a quick and easy out but the bottom half of the Cardinal lineup jumped on Stiles for two more runs, pushing the lead to 8-3 before getting out of the inning on a ground out by Maverick Handley.
Kenyon Yovan pitched the ninth inning for Oregon looking to keep the score within reaching distance but ended up issuing two runs making it 10-4 Stanford.
Stanford called on Tyler Thorne out of the bullpen to close out the rest of the game and that’s what he did. Thorne pitched two and third innings striking out two of the seven batters he faced without allowing a walk.
The Ducks have now lost five of their last six games but are still in contention for the postseason but something has to change if they want to stay alive.
“ I think it’s more mental than physical, we have the physical talent and capability," said Kasser on the Ducks' current struggles. "It’s just staying confident and not giving up on ourselves and staying together as a team.”
#25 Oregon hosts Arizona State Sun Devils for a three game series starting Friday April 28th, 2017.