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Bats Stay Warm in Fresno, Ducks Sweep Doubleheader
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/06/2010
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FRESNO, Calif. -- The University of Oregon continued its dominance over Fresno State, taking both ends of Saturday's doubleheader at Beiden Field, 8-4 and 5-2.

The Ducks (8-5) have won three straight against the host Bulldogs (5-5), securing a series win with Sunday's finale still to come.

KC Serna had four hits in the twin bill, while Shawn Peterson, Curtis Raulinaitis and Eddie Rodriguez had three hits apiece. All told, nine different Ducks had at least one RBI on the day.

Oregon's suddenly potent offense was balanced by a pair of strong starts and excellent defense on Saturday. Sophomore Scott McGough (2-0) took the mound in the seven-inning nightcap, throwing six strong innings and allowing one run on five hits and two walks. He struck out seven, including four straight at one point.

His teammates staked McGough to a 2-0 lead in the second, when Rodriguez and Danny Pulfer led off the inning with base hits and came around to score on a Peterson single and an error on the play by the center fielder.

A three-run sixth, helped along by more Bulldog miscues put the Ducks on top 5-1 after Fresno State scratched out a run in the bottom of the fifth.

Reliever Kellen Moen allowed a run in the final frame before striking out the potential tying run in the form of cleanup hitter Dusty Robinson to end the game.

Zack Thornton (2-0) earned the win in Game 1, going six innings and allowing four runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out three. A trio of relievers finished things off, anchored by former Bulldog Drew Gagnier's second save of the season.

In the opener, Serna paced the Ducks with his bat and his glove. The sophomore shortstop went 3-for-5 with an RBI at the plate and helped turn three of UO's four double plays.

Serna made perhaps the play of the year on a pop fly in the seventh to preserve what was a two-run lead at the time. With runners at second and third and one out, and the Ducks on top 6-4, Bobby Coyle flared an apparent hit down the left field line and Serna made a full-extension, diving catch after sprinting a good 30 yards from his position at short.

A routine grounder ended the threat and the Ducks tacked on single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to secure the victory.

The Ducks took a 3-0 lead before Thornton even threw a pitch. After Serna led off with a strikeout, Marcus Piazzisi walked, Jack Marder reached on an error and Ryan Hambright notched a run-scoring single. Pulfer's groundout to first made it 2-0 and an RBI single by Steven Packard drove home Hambright.

Fresno State tied the score in the bottom of the second on a three-run home run by Trent Garrison, but another three-run inning by UO in the top of the fourth resumed the Ducks' cushion.

Raulinaitis led the way, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs as Oregon banged out 11 hits.

Matt Morse (1-1) took the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs in Game 1, tossing 6 1/3 innings and allowing six runs - three earned - on seven hits and two walks.

Fresno State's Charlie Robinson (0-1) was the losing pitcher in the second game. He lasted 5 1/3 and surrendered three runs on six hits.

The series finale is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

NOTES: George Horton is now 23-9 in his coaching career against the Bulldogs...Eddie Rodriguez raised his season batting average to .400 (14-for-35) and now leads the team...Rodriguez is 6-for-7 with four runs scored in the series...Serna figured in 10 of the 27 outs in Game 1 (5 putouts and 5 assists)...Fresno State actually out-hit the Ducks in terms of batting average (.328 to .308) in the doubleheader...Oregon has outscored Fresno State 20-8 in the series and committed only one error compared to six for the Bulldogs.

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