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Battery Powers Ducks to 7-2 Win in Fresno
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/05/2010
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FRESNO, Calif. -- Tyler Anderson pitched eight shutout innings and Eddie Rodriguez had three hits, including a home run, to go with two RBIs as the University of Oregon defeated Fresno State, 7-2, Friday night at Beiden Field.

Anderson, making his team-leading third start on the young season, fanned a season-high 10 batters and did not issue a walk to pick up his second victory of the year. The southpaw scattered seven hits in his second win over the Bulldogs (5-3) in as many seasons.

Rodriguez, who handled Anderson's gem behind the plate, went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs. All told, the Ducks matched their modern baseball high with 14 hits.

After leaving 12 runners on base in Wednesday's 5-3 home loss to Washington, the Ducks (6-5) had two men on with none out in the top of the first but stranded both. But in the second inning, the first five batters in the top of the frame reached base and all came around to score

Danny Pulfer got the rally started by getting hit by a pitch. Steven Packard followed with his first collegiate hit, a double, before Rodriguez lined a single off Fresno State starter Cody Kendall (0-2) to plate Pulfer. J.J. Altobelli doubled home Packard and Curtis Raulinaitis ripped a two-bagger down the first-base line, scoring two more.

After K.C. Serna sacrificed Raulinaitis to third, Marcus Piazzisi notched an RBI single to make the score 5-0.

Jack Marder hit his first career home run in the fourth and Rodriguez followed with a solo blast in the eighth, putting the Ducks in front 7-0 as Anderson continued to deal. The Bulldogs scored two in the ninth off UO right-hander Ryan Hambright, who played the first eight innings at first base and went 1-for-5.

Kendall lasted four innings for Fresno State, allowing six runs on 10 hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. Sean Bonesteele fared much better in relief for the Bulldogs, pitching five innings and allowing only the Rodriguez solo blast among four hits surrendered.

The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 2:05 p.m. Game 1 will be a nine-inning affair, while the second game is slated to be seven innings. The four game series wraps up on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

NOTES: Serna, Packard and Altobelli all finished with two hits apiece...Anderson entered the game averaging nearly a walk per inning over his first two starts...Serna had his third stolen base of the season...Jett Hart led off the ninth with a pinch-hit triple but did not score.

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