EUGENE – Johnny Field had fun at PK Park on Friday night as 23rd-ranked Arizona evened the series with a 2-1 victory over Oregon.
Both starters went the distance, but Field’s solo home run that led off the top of the seventh was the difference in the game.
Oregon’s win streak was halted at three games as the Ducks (20-17, 3-8) will have to wait until tomorrow to see if they can pick up their first Pac-10 series victory of the year.
Arizona (24-14, 6-8) starter Kyle Simon (7-3) tossed his second complete game of 2011 surrendering just one run in the bottom of the first. After the first inning, Simon faced just one batter over the minimum, retiring 13 consecutive at one point. Simon also struck out the side in the eighth.
Oregon starter Madison Boer
(2-3) pitched his first complete game of 2011 and matched a career high tossing nine innings. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native, allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five.
With the game knotted at 1-1, Field led off the top of the seventh with a solo shot to left – his third home run of the season. It was Field who also helped the Wildcats even the game in the top of the fifth as Arizona’s left fielder led off the inning with a double to the gap in left center.
Oregon shortstop KC Serna
knocked down Josh Garcia’s drive that was destined for the outfield to keep Field at second while Garcia was safe at first with the single. A sac bunt moved the runners into scoring position before Alex Mejia plated the game-tying run with a ground out.
In the bottom of the first, consecutive hits from Danny Pulfer
and Brett Thomas
put runners on the corners with no outs. Stefan Sabol
then plated Pulfer with a groundout as the Ducks took a 1-0 advantage.
Oregon’s three hits matched a season low, as Pulfer led the Ducks with two.
Oregon and Arizona will play the final game of this weekend’s series with first pitch scheduled for noon on Saturday from PK Park.
Oregon is now 1-4 against ranked opponents in 2011…Madison Boer
matched a career high tossing nine innings, and recorded his eighth quality start of the season…Danny Pulfer
has reached safely in 23 consecutive games and has recorded hits in 20 of those contests...the Ducks have now played eight games in 10 days and have a 5-3 record during that stretch… for the second straight game, Oregon started at least four freshmen, and the Ducks are now 8-5 when starting at least four freshmen in 2011.