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Ducks Sweep San Diego In Saturday's Doubleheader
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/19/2011
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SAN DIEGO – Oregon took the first two games of a four-game series with San Diego by the scores of 6-3 and 10-7 on Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

The Ducks, now on a season-long five-game winning streak, improve to 10-7 on the year, while the Toreros – the defending West Coast Conference champions – drop to 4-13.

Due predicted inclement weather arriving in the San Diego area tomorrow, the start time for Sunday’s game at Cunningham Stadium has been moved to an 11 a.m. first pitch.

GAME 1
Junior left-hander Tyler Anderson delivered a nearly untouchable performance, and freshman Kyle Garlick had a first start to remember as Oregon defeated San Diego 6-3 on Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.

Anderson improved to 3-0 on the year tossing eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk. The Las Vegas native was near-flawless, facing 28 batters and retiring 18 straight at one point. Anderson started his streak with the final two outs of the first inning, before issuing a one-out walk to Kris Bryant in the seventh.

In his last four starts, Anderson has recorded double-digit strikeouts, including 11 today as he also caught four batters looking at strike three.

Oregon’s leadoff hitter reached in all nine innings, but the Ducks didn’t breakthrough until the fourth inning when Garlick approached the plate for just the second at-bat of his collegiate career. The Chino Hills, Calif., native drove a three-run homer over the left field wall with no outs on the scoreboard after Ryon Healy and Shawn Peterson reached with back-to-back hits. It was UO’s fourth home run of the year and the first since freshman Aaron Jones homered at Hawai’i on Feb. 21.

Oregon’s freshmen class again helped put some runs on the board in the top of the fifth after Aaron Jones and Healy led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. With runners on second and third, Jones scored on Peterson’s RBI groundout before Garlick plated Healy with a sacrifice fly to right.

Garlick drove in four runs in his first start of the season – a season high for Oregon - after missing the first 15 games of the year with a broken hand.

San Diego left-hander James Pazos (1-2) took the loss and tossed five and 1/3 innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out four.

The Ducks added a sixth run in the top of the ninth as J.J. Altobelli singled to lead off the ninth and eventually scored on Healy’s RBI fielder’s choice.

Oregon’s totaled 11 hits in game one. Healy, a native of West Hills, Calif., led the Ducks with a 3-for-5 performance. Jones was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Danny Pulfer was 2-for-4 as well. Peterson was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a RBI and run scored.

San Diego scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the ninth as the Toreros capitalized with Anderson off the mound. In his first career appearance, Jimmie Sherfy surrendered three runs on three hits before left-hander Porter Clayton came on to pick up the second out of the inning.

Junior right-hander Scott McGough took over for Clayton with two runners on, and loaded the bases by issuing a walk to Corey LeVier before coaxing a fly ball from Kevin Muno to secure the game’s final out, and earn his second save of the year.

San Diego totaled seven hits in the game and left seven runners stranded.

Notes: Freshman Kyle Garlick made his first start of the season and in his second at-bat hit a three-run homer to left in the top of the fourth…it was the Ducks’ fourth round-tripper of the year and first since Aaron Jones homered at Hawai’i on Feb. 2…in four consecutive starts, Anderson has recorded double-digit strikeouts…freshman right-hander Jimmie Sherfy made his first appearance of the season.

GAME 2
The Ducks swept Saturday’s doubleheader with a 10-7 victory in game 2 as Oregon tallied a season-high 14 hits led by 2-for-4 performances from freshman Aaron Jones and sophomore Jack Marder .

UO wasted little time getting to San Diego starter Paul Sewald (0-1) as the right-hander surrendered four runs in five innings of work on seven hits and two walks while striking out two.

Left-hander Paul Paez took over on the mound and in four innings for the Toreros, allowed six runs –five earned – on seven hits and two walks.

Freshman Connor Hofmann ’s RBI single with the bases loaded and KC Serna ’s sacrifice fly gave the Ducks a 2-0 edge in the top of the second, while Sewald walked in a run with Brett Hambright at the plate as UO took a 3-0 advantage in the third. Oregon’s lead jumped to 4-0 in the fourth as Aaron Jones ’ RBI single scored Marder.

Oregon sophomore left-hander Christian Jones lasted four and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two, before sophomore Joey Housey was called on in relief. The Hollywood, Fla., native recorded the final out of the fifth as the Toreros threatened UO’s then 4-2 lead with two runners on.

Housey (2-0) picked up the win tossing two and 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and one walk. Freshman Brando Tessar also appeared in relief, allowing two runs on three hits in one and 1/3 innings.

San Diego’s Kris Bryant kept San Diego in the game, with a solo home run in the fourth and a two-run shot in the eighth. Bryant leads USD with six round-trippers on the season.

After USD closed 4-2, the Ducks responded scoring three runs in the sixth as pinch-hitter Paul Eshleman led off the top of the inning with a double. Sophomore Andrew Mendenhall took over to pinch run, and scored on Serna’s RBI single. Shawn Peterson drove Serna home with a pinch-hit RBI single later in the sixth, before Aaron Jones scored on Kyle Garlick ’s RBI single to give the Ducks a 7-2 cushion.

Oregon would add three more runs in the final three innings, but would need the cushion as San Diego plated five runs in the game’s final third.

Junior second baseman Danny Pulfer took a first-pitch from Paez while leading off the seventh and pinch-hitting for Aaron Payne , sending it over the left field wall. It was the Ducks’ fifth home run of the season and the fourth of Pulfer’s career.

Senior right-hander Kellen Moen earned his team-leading third save of the season, coming on in the ninth with the game-tying run at the plate. Moen retired Dylan Checkal and struck out Bryant to secure the Oregon victory.

Serna picked up two RBIs in the win, while Aaron Jones was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base.

Marder was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base, while Garlick was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Zack Kometani led USD with a 3-for-5, two-RBI performance, while Kevin Muno also added three hits.

Notes: The Ducks are 3-1 when hitting a home run…Oregon is now on a five-game winning streak.

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