HONOLULU – For the first time in three attempts, Oregon will depart Hawaii with a series win as the Ducks defeated the Rainbows, 12-6, on Monday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.
The Ducks (3-1) will leave Honolulu with a 3-1 series win after batting .335 against Hawai’i (1-3) and totaling 30 runs in four games.
Junior J.J. Altobelli led the Ducks with a 5-for-6 performance, which included three doubles – the most any Oregon player has produced in a single game since the program was reinstated in 2009.
Freshman Shaun Chase made his first appearance on the mound, but that was only after hitting 2-for-5 in the designated hitter spot, and driving in two runs with a home run and triple while also scoring two runs.
Oregon totaled 17 hits on the afternoon, including seven for extra bases.
Sophomore Ryon Healy drove in Oregon’s first three runs of the game with a 2-for-4 day which included a double.
Similar to Sunday’s game, Oregon produced a big inning in the top of third, scoring seven runs on six hits with one Hawai’i error that extended the inning. During the top of the third, the Ducks recorded three doubles, including a one-out, two-run shot to left from Healy that got Oregon’s scoring started. Garlick followed with a RBI single and later stole home on double steal with Heineman.
The inning was extended on a Collin Bennett throwing error as Thomas recorded a RBI single, and Altobelli lined a two-out, two-run double off the wall in left as Thomas and Hambright scored.
In just his second career start, Jeff Gold (1-0) earned the win tossing five innings and holding Hawai’i to four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five. Thomas Thorpe, Chase, Jordan Spencer, and Joey Housey all pitched in relief.
Scott Squier (0-1) took the loss for Hawai’i allowing seven runs (five earned) on seven hits and one walk.
Oregon will remain on the road and travel to Nashville to play Belmont on Thursday with first pitch set for 2:00 p.m. PT.
The Ducks will then play a three-game series at 17th-ranked Vanderbilt beginning on Friday.
Notes: Freshman Shaun Chase hit Oregon’s first triple of the season, driving in Aaron Jones in the top of the fourth…Oregon recorded back-to-back wins with double-digit runs since defeating Gonzaga 19-10 in Spokane on April 21, 2010 followed by a 12-2 victory over USC in Eugene on April 23, 2010…Oregon opens its season 3-1 for the second time under head coach George Horton – the first time was 2010…Oregon claims the series win against Hawai’i for the first time in three attempts dating back to 2010...J.J Altobelli’s career-high five hits were the most for Oregon since Danny Pulfer totaled five at USC on April 16, 2011, and Altobelli’s three double were the most an Oregon player has recorded in a single game since the program was reinstated in 2009…Oregon’s 17 hits were its most for the Ducks since totaling 19 vs. Seattle on May 10, 2011