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Oregon Takes Two From Nevada; Looks For Sweep Sunday
Release Date: 03/20/2010
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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon won its third series of the season and will head into Sunday’s series finale looking for its second sweep of the year after two wins over the Wolf Pack on Saturday afternoon at PK Park in front of 2,074.

The Ducks (15-6) have now won 10 of their last 11, while Nevada falls to 10-9 on the year.

It was another big offensive output in Game 1 as the Ducks came back from a four-run deficit to defeat Nevada 12-7.

The Ducks tallied 12 runs on nine hits, and were issued 11 walks  – the most in modern era history – by the Nevada staff.

Sophomore right-hander Scott McGough picked up his third win of the season, pitching the final 4 and 1/3 innings of the game in relief of starter Zack Thornton.

McGough held the Wolf Pack to two runs on four hits in his time on the mound while striking out two, facing just 16 batters during his time on the hill.

At the plate, KC Serna produced three RBI on a 1-for-4 day while scoring two runs and stealing two bags. The Ducks stole a modern era record seven bases against the Wolf Pack.

Marcus Piazzisi was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Jack Marder and Eddie Rodriguez also had two RBI days.

Junior catcher Mitch Karraker was walked in all five of his plate appearances, setting another Oregon modern era record.

Thornton left the game in the fifth after surrendering five runs on 10 hits in four and 1/3 innings on the mound.

Heading into the fourth trailing by just one run, Oregon took the lead with a four-run effort in the inning as the Ducks loaded in the bases with a Danny Pulfer single, a Karraker walk and J.J. Altobelli’s fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt.

Nevada starter Rickey Denham then walked in Curtis Raulinaitis to spell the end of his day as the Ducks tied the score 4-4.  Another righty, Jayson McClaren, came on with the bases loaded and surrendered a two-run single to Serna  as the Ducks took a 6-4 lead. 

Oregon added one more run as Raulinaitis came home from third as Marder hit into a double play.

Denham (0-2) took the loss for Nevada after allowing seven runs on three hits and six walks. McClaren tossed four and 2/3 innings of relief allowing five runs on six hits and five walks. The staff combined to strikeout the Ducks just three times.

Oregon added some insurance in the bottom of the eighth as Karraker was issued his fourth walk of the day to lead off the inning. Altobelli then drove his fifth double of the year into deep center field, putting runners on second and third. Serna’s fielder’s choice to Nick Leid at second scored Karraker as Leid’s throw to Melino at home was late. Piazzisi then hammered a two-run single back up the middle to bring Altobelli and Serna home as the Ducks took a 10-5 lead. After Marder flied out to left, Rodriguez got a hold of his second home run of the season, crushing a two-run shot to center as UO went ahead 12-5.

Kort led Nevada going 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Barnett was 3-for-4 with a RBI. Leid also added two hits.

The Ducks decided the series with a 5-2 victory in Game 2, a seven-inning affair shortened for the doubleheader.

Senior right-hander Justin LaTempa improved to 2-1 on the season allowing just two runs in his six innings on the mound.

Junior right-hander Drew Gagnier came on in the seventh to retire the side in order and pick up his third save of the season.

Oregon got to Nevada starter Brock Stassi early, putting three runs on the board in the bottom of the first. Rodriguez’s two-out RBI single plated Serna to score the first run of the game. Junior Shawn Peterson then laced a two-out double to right field and the Eugene native moved to third on an error by the shortstop as Rodriguez scored. Paul Eshleman then doubled to left field allowing Peterson to come home and putting UO ahead 3-0.

The Ducks added a fourth run when a double steal put runners on second and third and Pulfer’s RBI groundout scored Gavin.

In the sixth, the Ducks put on the squeeze as Gavin’s sacrifice bunt allowed Piazzisi to score from third.

Stassi took the loss for Nevada, surrendering five runs – four earned – on seven hits and two walks in six innings on the mound.

The Ducks and Wolf Pack will end their series with an 11 a.m. first pitch tomorrow from PK Park.

Notes: The Ducks 15 wins surpass last season’s 14-42 effort…KC Serna is now on a 10-game hitting streak…Mitch Karraker was walked a modern era record five times in game 1…the Ducks were walked a total of 11 times, also a new modern era record.

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