HONOLULU - Oregon needed a solid pitching performance, and that’s what junior right-hander Madison Boer delivered at Les Murakami Stadium as the No. 14 Ducks shut out Hawai’i 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Boer spurred Oregon (1-2) tossing eight innings of shutout baseball, and holding Hawai’i (2-1) to just one hit while walking two. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native recorded seven strikeouts for the third time in his career and faced just two batters over the minimum.
All-American Kolten Wong broke up Boer’s no-hitter in the seventh with a single to right on a 1-1 count.
Offensively, the Ducks put the leadoff batter on four times, and the leadoff hitter scored four times to account for all of Oregon’s four runs.
Senior right-hander Kellen Moen came on in the ninth to close out the game for the Ducks, retiring the side in order as UO recorded its first shutout since a 5-0 victory over East Tennessee State on May 14, 2010.
Right-hander Alex Capaul (0-1) took the loss for the Rainbows, allowing three runs – two earned – in six innings of action, surrendering six hits. Brent Harrison finished the game on the mound for UH, allowing one run on three hits.
Oregon took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as freshman Tyler Kuresa’s one-out RBI single through the right side scored Hambright from third. Hambright led off the inning with a single to left and stole second before moving to third on J.J. Altobelli’s fly ball to right.
The Ducks doubled their lead in the top of the third when two Hawai’i errors aided Oregon. Freshman Connor Hofmann reached safely after first baseman Jeffrey Van Doornum mishandled the throw. Hofmann then moved to second when Capaul’s failed pickoff attempt was offline. Capaul retired the Ducks following two batters, but with Hofmann at third, Marder picked up his first hit of the season driving a RBI single through the left side.
In the top of the fourth, Altobelli’s leadoff double to the gap in left center turned into Oregon’s third run of the game as he scored from third on Paul Eshleman’s one-out sacrifice fly to center.
Oregon added a run in the top of the eighth as Aaron Jones’ single to left led off the inning. The speedy Andrew Mendenhall took over for Jones to pinch run, and moved to second on Marcus Piazzisi’s sacrifice bunt before scoring on Marder’s RBI double into left as the Ducks took a 4-0 advantage.
The final game of the opening series is set for an 8:35 p.m. PT (6:35 p.m. HT) first pitch from Les Murakami Stadium Monday night.
The Ducks will return to Eugene to play their home opener on Friday with first pitch against Saint Mary’s set for 5 p.m. from PK Park.
The 2011 Oregon baseball poster will be available, and fans will also be treated to postgame fireworks.
Tickets are available by clicking HERE, calling 1-800-WEBFOOT, at the Casanova Center ticket office or 90 minutes prior to game time at the South Ticket Box Office on game day.
Notes: Oregon recorded its first shutout since a 5-0 victory over East Tennessee State on May 14, 2010…Boer’s eight innings and seven strikeouts tied career highs.