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Anderson Fans 14, Ducks Blank Long Beach State, 5-0
Release Date: 03/04/2011
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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Tyler Anderson struck out a career-high 14 and the Oregon Ducks shutout Long Beach State, 5-0, on Friday night at Blair Field.

The victory pushed the Ducks (5-4) over the .500 mark and sent the Dirtbags (3-6) to their fifth loss in seven games.

UO's junior left-hander tossed eight innings, allowing six hits and three walks. Anderson (1-0) made up for two of those baserunners with pickoffs at first base to end innings.

Kellen Moen pitched a scoreless ninth for the Ducks, walking one and striking out two.

Several miscues by Long Beach State in the top of the eighth led to four Oregon runs on zero hits as the Ducks broke open what had been a 1-0 affair.

After two quick outs, reliever Josh Frye hit Connor Hofmann with a 1-2 pitch. The right-hander then struck out KC Serna swinging, but did so with a wild pitch that got got too far away from catcher Mike Marjama and allowed Serna to reach base.

An intentional walk to Marcus Piazzisi loaded the bases and Aaron Jones hit what appeared to be a harmless inning-ending pop fly to right field, but Johnny Bekakis muffed it, clearing the bases, placing Jones at third and giving the Ducks a 4-0 cushion.

The next batter, Jack Marder , grounded to third baseman Matt Duffy, who booted it as Jones came in with UO's final unearned run of the inning.

Anderson pitched out of big jam in the fifth, surrendering leadoff hits to Ino Patron and Kirk Singer to lead off the inning, putting Dirtbags at second and third with nobody out.

After a mound visit from pitching coach Andrew Checketts , the Las Vegas native rung up back-to-back strikeouts, issued an intentional walk, and then fanned Jeff McNeil with the bases loaded to preserve a 1-0 UO lead.

Long Beach State starter Andrew Gagnon (1-2) took the loss, allowing one run on five hits in his five innings of work. The right-hander walked five and struck out six, constantly pitching himself in and out of trouble.

Ryan Hambright plated the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth, bringing in Marder from third. Oregon used a pair of hits and a walk in the frame.

The Ducks loaded the bases in the third and fourth innings, but could not break through. In the fourth, Piazzisi lined a ball deep to right center only to watch centerfieldeer Brennan Metzger make an impressive sliding catch for the third out.

The Dirtbags ended up outhitting the Ducks, 6-5. Tyler Kursea went 2 for 4 for UO and Ino Patron led LBSU with a 2 for 2 night.

The middle game of the three-game series is scheduled for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Oregon right-hander Madison Boer (2-0, 0.00 ERA) will put his shutout string of 16 innings - dating to last season - on the line against fellow righty Branden Pinder (0-2, 6.30).

NOTES: Oregon did not have a hit after the fifth inning ... Anderson's ERA now stands at 1.27 ... Jones went 0 for 5, ending his eight-game hitting streak ... Oregon drew eight walks and left 14 men on base.

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