EUGENE, Ore. – Stanford erased a one-time, seven-run Oregon lead to even the series with a 9-8 victory on Saturday afternoon at PK Park in front of a season-high 2,393 in attendance.
The series finale and rubber game is set for 1 p.m., Sunday from PK Park. The game will also be aired on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast Sports Bay Area and Comcast Sports Southeast.
The Ducks (25-24-1, 6-14) scored eight runs in the game’s first five innings, but were shut out for the final four as the Cardinal (28-17, 10-10) erased a seven-run deficit and scored the game-winning run in the top of the eighth.
Oregon’s pitching staff allowed a season-high tying 15 hits as the Cardinal scored eight runs between the sixth and eighth innings.
After a three-run inning in the sixth, Stanford scored four runs on five hits in the top of the seventh to even the game at eight runs apiece. In relief of Alex Keudell, Kellen Moen yielded four runs on four hits in just 2/3 of an inning in the top of the seventh.
Moen surrendered back-to-back singles before Stephen Piscotty drove a two-run double to left as Stanford closed 8-6. Brian Ragira then drove a triple into right field as the ball got by a diving Aaron Jones, allowing Piscotty to score from second. That spelled the end for
Moen, bringing Madison Boer on the hill with a runner on third and just one out. Boer retired Kenny Diekroeger, but surrendered a one-run single to Danny Diekroeger as Stanford evened the game 8-8.
In the top of the eighth, Stanford pushed the game-winning run across the plate on two hits and two Oregon errors. Dave Giulani reached first on an infield hit, but moved to second on a KC Serna throwing error. Zach Jones then knocked a single into left, allowing Giulani to score unearned.
Boer (3-5), in his second relief appearance in as many days, took the loss allowing one unearned run on three hits and one walk in two and 2/3 innings on the hill.
After scoring eight runs on 12 hits through the first five innings, Oregon was shut out and held without a hit for the final four innings of the game.
Winning pitcher Chris Reed (4-2) played a role in that, retiring nine of the last 10 batters he faced, holding the Ducks scoreless and hitless for three innings while striking out three.
At the plate, Lonnie Kauppila, Stephen Piscotty and Danny Diekroeger each drove in two runs apiece while Zach Jones and Brian Ragira had three hits apiece.
For Oregon, Danny Pulfer led the way with a 3-for-4 effort, driving in two runs and scoring a run as well. The Ducks starting second baseman had two extra-base hits with his second home run and 13th double of the year. Ryon Healy was 2-for-4 and doubled for Oregon, while Paul Eshleman went 1-for-4 and pushed across two runs with two sacrifice flies. KC Serna was 2-for-5, with a double, run scored and RBI.
Oregon chased Stanford starter Danny Sandbrink early as the right-hander yielded four runs on six hits in just one and 1/3 innings on the hill.
In relief of Sandbrink, Brian Busick tossed 2 and 2/3 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – on six hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
A.J. Talt and Reed combined to shut out Oregon, holding the Ducks without a hit as the duo tossed five innings of relief.
Oregon starter Alex Keudell allowed four runs on eight hits, while striking out six in five and 2/3 innings on the mound.
Oregon took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on three hits. Pulfer led things off with a double down the left field line and was moved to third on a sacrifice before scoring on Sabol’s RBI single to left. Sabol moved from first to third as Healy doubled to left field, and scored UO’s second run on Jones’ fielder’s choice.
In the bottom of the second, back-to-back one-out singles had runners on the corners for the Ducks. Pulfer then drove in Eshleman with a single to right center, while J.J Altobelli moved from first to third. With runners on the corners, the Ducks pulled off the double steal as Pulfer broke for second allowing Altobelli to score while Pulfer’s speed got him to second safely.
Oregon added two runs in the third to take a 6-1 advantage as Healy and Aaron Jones led off the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles. Serna then drove a one-out, one-run double to right center as Healy came around to score and Jones advanced to third.
Eshleman plated Oregon’s sixth run of the day as his sacrifice fly brought Aaron Jones home.
Pulfer took the first pitch he saw from Busick in the bottom of the fourth and placed it over the wall in left to give UO a 7-1 lead. It was Pulfer’s second round-tripper of the season.
Oregon added its eighth run as Serna reached second to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning on a single to left and a fielding error. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored as Eshleman pushed in his second run of the day with a sacrifice fly.
Stanford scored its first run in the top of the third as back-to-back two-out singles put runners on the corners for the Cardinal. Keudell was then charged with a balk as Giulani scored from third.
Notes: Oregon is 11-6-1 when recording at least 10 hits in a game…the Ducks have recorded at least 11 hits in four straight games…Oregon is 8-5-1 when hitting a home run…Pulfer has now homered against Stanford in both the 2010 and 2011 series…Oregon allowed a season-high tying 15 hits…this marked the eighth time this season Oregon has squandered a lead after seven innings.