SEATTLE - In rainy and windy conditions at Husky Ballpark, Oregon couldn’t finish off a late rally, and fell 5-3 to Washington on Tuesday night in a non-conference game.
Although Oregon outhit the Huskies 8-5, the Ducks gave up nine free bases by way of a walk or a hit batter. The Ducks, now 3-4, also left the bases loaded in the eighth and stranded another runner in the ninth.
Trailing 5-2, Oregon staged a late rally in the eighth as Washington reliever Andrew Kittredge, surrendered three singles to the Ducks first four batters. The rally was started by freshman KC Serna, who led off the inning with a single up the middle - his third hit of the game. Eddy Rodriguez then singled and Jett Hart’s flyout to left field moved Serna to third base, putting runners on the corners.
Senior Andrew Schmidt was called to the batter’s box to pinch hit, and like last Friday’s game-winning walk-off single vs. Fresno State, Schmidt produced an RBI single to plate Serna. The Ducks loaded the bases after Mitch Karraker was hit by a pitch, but Oregon failed to produce another run as Washington’s Geoff Brown retired Danny Pulfer to escape the inning with no further damage inflicted.
The Huskies, now 3-5, used a big fifth inning to post three runs and take a 4-1 lead.
It was Pierce Rankin who put Washington ahead 3-1 in the fifth with a two-run line-drive double into left field. Jake Rife led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice before Brendan Gardner-Young was walked, setting up Rankin’s double with two runners on and one out. The Huskies put their fourth run on the scoreboard courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Kyle Conley.
Washington added a run in the seventh when Rankin scored on a fielder’s choice RBI from Julien Pollard.
In the top of the seventh, Washington reliever Forrest Snow began to struggle with his control. He walked back-to-back batters in Josh Hogan and Karraker. A balk moved both runners to second and third, and a wild pitch allowed Hogan to cross the plate and cut the Huskies lead to 4-2. The inning continued as senior Caleb Tommasini was walked to put runners on the corners, but both were left stranded as Snow retired Curtis Raulinaitis.
The Ducks left nine runners on base during the game.
In the second inning, Oregon scored the first run of the game on an RBI single from Hogan. In just his third at-bat of the year - he recorded hits in his first three at-bats of the season- Hogan singled up the middle on the first pitch to score Hart from third. Hart led off the inning with a single and stole second, before a ground out from Darrell Hunter allowed Hart to advance to third.
Serna led all players with a game-high three hits.
Adrian Gomez (1-2) was credited with the win after holding Oregon to one run on five hits over five innings.
In his first start of the season, freshman right-hander Madison Boer took the loss for the Ducks, allowing four runs on three hits and five walks in five innings.
The Ducks and Dawgs play again at 3 p.m., tomorrow at Husky Ballpark. Oregon fans can follow the game on KUGN 590 and the O-Zone.
Notes: The Ducks and Dawgs renewed their diamond series for the first time since games in 1981, when Oregon lost its final two games of the year...freshman KC Serna hit a two-out triple off the left field wall in the top of the first...it was the first triple of his collegiate career and the third of the year for Oregon...Josh Hogan’s RBI in the second was his first of the season...Oregon started its all-freshman infield; Hunter (1B), Pulfer (2B), Serna (SS) and Gavin (3B) for the second time this year...Eddy Rodriguez kept his seven-game hitting streak intact with a single to center field in the eighth.
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