EUGENE – Oregon and Wichita State split their doubleheader on Friday at PK Park, with the Ducks taking game the first game, 2-1, and the Shockers responding with a victory in the night cap, 6-5.
With the loss in the second game, Oregon’s (13-8) win streak was snapped at eight games. It was the longest win streak for the program since the Ducks won 10 consecutive games from March 28-April 11, 1969.
Wichita State is now 16-7 on the season heading into tomorrow’s game 3 matchup with Oregon. First pitch from PK Park is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast by the Oregon Sports Network on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.
Anderson (4-0) earned his fourth consecutive win on the mound, lasting seven innings and surrendering just one run on seven hits and one walk. The Las Vegas native struck out seven in his sixth quality start of the year. The southpaw has a 1.02 ERA on the season with a staff-leading 59 strikeouts.
With the win, Oregon’s win streak extended to eight games, the longest streak for the Ducks since UO went on a 10-game winning streak from March 28-April 11, 1969.
Moen came on to start the eighth and earned his fourth save of the season, tossing two shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while fanning two.
The game-tying run reached second in the bottom of both the eighth and ninth innings, but a diving catch from Brett Thomas
in center and a pop fly kept the Ducks in the lead.
Oregon took a 2-1 lead in the in the bottom of the sixth as Connor Hofmann
scored from third on J.J Altobelli’s fielder’s choice. Ryon Healy
was issued a walk to lead off the sixth, and Hofmann was brought in to pinch run. Tyler Kuresa
’s sacrifice moved Hofmann to second, before stealing third.
The Ducks tied the game in bottom of the fourth as a two-base throwing error scored Thomas all the way from first. Thomas was safe at first with a two-out infield single, and then Serna followed putting a ball in play that Wichita State shortstop Tyler Grimes gathered on his knees. His throw to second was off the mark and traveled into foul territory as Thomas was able to come all the way home and tie the game up.
Wichita State got on the board first as Kevin Hall’s RBI single brought Walker Davidson home from third. Davidson led off the third with a double to left, and was sacrificed to third by Grimes.
Davidson and Johnny Coy had two hits apiece for Wichita State.
Right-hander Tim Kelley 3-1 took his first loss of the season for Wichita State, allowing two runs – one earned – on four hits and four walks.
Wichita State erased a four-run deficit and scored the go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth to end Oregon’s eight-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory.
The Ducks totaled just six hits, but were issued 11 walks by Wichita State’s pitching staff.
Despite scoring four runs early, Oregon could muster just one more run in the bottom of the ninth, stranding 12 base runners.
Oregon got to Wichita State starter Josh Smith
early, tagging the lefty for three runs on four hits in the bottom of the second. Three consecutive singles from Aaron Jones
, Kyle Garlick
and Shawn Peterson
set up J.J. Altobelli
’s two run double to left as Oregon took a 2-0 lead.
With runners at second and third, Brett Hambright
’s groundout plated Peterson as the Ducks took a 3-0 advantage.
Smith surrendered another run in the third as Danny Pulfer
scored on Garlick’s sacrifice fly before Smith’s outing was ended and right-hander Chance Sossaman came on in relief. In a short outing that lasted 2 and 2/3 innings, Smith allowed four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one.
Sossamon was the nemesis for Oregon in the game, tossing four shutout innings and surrendering just one hit while striking out three.
Oregon starter Madison Boer
escaped trouble loading the bases in the fourth inning, but the same couldn’t be said in the fifth. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native loaded the bases with two outs on the scoreboard before surrendering a two-run single as Chris O’Brien’s knock to center plated Josh Halbert and Tyler Grimes. Boer walked Johnny Coy to load the bases before Joey Housey
came on in relief.
Housey couldn’t get the third out for the Ducks right away, as Tyler Coughenour’s single up the middle drove in two to even the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth.
Boer was responsible for all four runs, surrendering four hits and walking six in his shortest outing of the season. This was Boer’s first outing that was not a quality start as he lasted just four and 2/3 innings.
The game remained tied until the top of the ninth when Wichita State put two runs across the plate. Scott McGough
had retired the side in the top of the eighth, but a lead off walk and two well-placed bunts loaded the bases for the Shockers with no outs.
O’Brien’s two-run single to left scored what proved to be the game-winning run. O’Brien led Wichita State with 2-for-3 performance, driving in four runs while scoring one.
In the bottom of the eighth Oregon loaded the bases courtesy of two walks and a hit batter, but Danny Pulfer
flied out foul to end the inning with three runners stranded.
Oregon was able to scored its fifth run of the game with the bases loaded as J.J. Altobelli
’s sacrifice fly scored Aaron Jones
. Paul Eshleman
flied out to right for the final out of the game leaving two runners stranded.
McGough (0-2) was credited with the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in one and 2/3 innings on the mound.
Cale Elam (2-0) earned the win for Wichita State, allowing one run on four walks in the final two innings of play.
The Ducks and Shockers return to action tomorrow for game 3 of the series with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m. from PK Park. Tomorrow’s game will also be broadcast by the Oregon Sports Network on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.