OAKLAND – Calif. – Oregon junior right-hander Alex Keudell
pitched a one-run complete game, and Oregon’s offense backed up his performance as the Ducks kept their winning streak alive and prevailed 6-1 over the University of San Francisco at Laney Field on Wednesday.
Oregon (12-7) is now on a seven-game winning streak heading into this weekend’s home series with Wichita State. The streak matches the Ducks’ longest winning streak since the program was reinstated. The Ducks also went 4-0 on their road trip.
The game was changed to Laney Junior College in Downtown Oakland due to unplayable field conditions at Benedetti Diamond on the campus of the University of San Francisco. Laney Field has a turf surface.
Junior right-hander Alex Keudell (2-2) made fast work of the Dons (9-12), tossing the first nine-inning complete game of his career, and allowing just unearned one run on four hits, while striking out a career-best 11.
The Portland native tossed an eight-inning complete game in a loss at Oregon State on May 19, 2009. Keudell’s complete game was the first for Oregon since Justin LaTempa
completed the feat on May 1, 2010 against Washington State.
Through the game’s first five innings, Keudell allowed two hits, and faced just two batters over the minimum, striking out six.
and Shawn Peterson
led the Ducks with two hits apiece as both starters also doubled.
On a windy day that made it hard to reach beyond the fences, sophomore Jack Marder hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left that put the Ducks ahead 6-0 in the top of the seventh. Pulfer’s two-out double down the left field line kept the inning alive for Marder.
San Francisco starter Jordan Remer (0-2) took the loss, lasting 3 and 1/3 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – on four hits and two walks.
In relief of Remer, right-hander Jonathan Abramson tossed three and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits.
KC Serna was issued a four-pitch walk to lead off the game, and the Ducks took a 1-0 lead as Aaron Jones knocked Serna home with a two-out double down the left field line.
Oregon added two runs in the top of the third to take a 3-0 lead as Marder’s sacrifice fly to left scored Andrew Mendenhall . With Serna sitting at third, Jones put the ball in play and USF shortstop Adam Clear couldn’t make the play at short as Serna scored unearned on the error. Mendenhall had led off the inning with a bunt down the third baseline, while Serna was walked for the second time in the game. Pulfer then sacrificed both runners into scoring position.
Oregon added a single run in the top of the fourth after Ryon Healy and Peterson led things off with back-to-back hits. J.J. Altobelli ’s sacrifice bunt brought Healy home from third as UO took a 4-0 advantage.
The Dons scored a solo run in the bottom of the seventh as Matt Chavez’s leadoff single turned into a run as he scored on a passed ball later in the inning.
On a season-long seven-game winning streak, Oregon returns to PK Park to host visiting Wichita State in a four-game set beginning on Friday. The series is the final non-conference warm-up for Oregon before Pac-10 play begins.
The Shockers have made 27 NCAA appearances since 1980 and have advanced to the College World Series on seven occasions.
RETURN TO EUGENE VS. WICHITA STATE
Friday-Sunday, March 25-27
Friday, March 25 • KidSports Night
Children wearing their KidSports jersey to the game can purchase a reserved ticket for only $5. Also, the second round of 2011 Oregon baseball cards will be available.
Saturday, March 26 • Hat Day
The first 100 fans through the gates will receive a free Oregon baseball cap courtesy of Nike. Saturday will also be BI-Mart 2-for-1 Day. Fans can use promo code “BM2for1” ONLINE to receive two reserved tickets for the price of one.
Sunday, March 27 • Youth Baseball Day
Free admission to the game for all youth players ages 12 and under wearing their baseball uniform.