Ducks struggle at home.

EUGENE, ORE. -- Cole Stringer and the Ducks drop game one of a three game set 6-1 against in-state rival #1 Oregon State Beavers. Stringer pitched four innings giving up two earned runs on five hits while walking two batters and striking out two. He (Stringer) fell to 4-2 on the season after coming off one of his best pitching performances on Sunday.  

 “We’re not performing, we’re not playing well, a little too loose although the two errors we made, Steer and Kasser those balls were crushed right at them,” said Heach Coach George Horton on the disappointing effort by his team.  

Oregon combined for nine hits but were only able to push across one run in the lopsided affair when Jake Bennett was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Ducks struck out 11 times while leaving eight runners stranded on the bases.   

“Really frustrating, like I said we continually set the table, Kyle Kasser said. "We’d get guys on and in scoring position put ourselves in position to get runs and we can’t do it,” 

Luke Heimlich of Oregon State was on fire as he struck out seven batters through six innings giving up one run on seven hits. Heimlich improved to 8-1 on the season with an era of .81.   

Adley Rutschman and Michael Gretler got the Beavers in the scoring column when they each clobbered solo home runs off of Stringer in the to of the fourth inning. From there the floodgates opened and it was all but over for the Ducks. Rutschman had three hits in five at bats while knocking in two of the six runs.   

Oregon State would add four more runs over the next six innings making it nearly impossible for the Ducks to come back.   

“We got to play better, we gave them too many free bases and you can’t do that against them," Horton said about Oregon State. "Their ability to sustain good at bat after good at bats is one of the reasons they’re number one.”    

Oregon State and Oregon face off in game two tomorrow at 7 p.m. Pacific. Game can be seen on Pac-12 Networks.  


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