EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Eddie Rodriguez’s catapulted his sixth home run of the season to right center in the bottom of the eighth, clinching the cycle for the Ducks starting catcher in No. 22 Oregon’s 17-7 victory over East Tennessee State on Sunday at PK Park.
The Ducks (34-18), currently on a four-game winning streak, swept the series with the visiting Buccaneers (29-24).
Hitting for the cycle, Rodriguez led the Ducks with a 4-for-6 day at the plate. He totaled a career best five RBIs, and also scored two runs. The Warden, Wash., native produced a one-run double in the second, a RBI single in the fifth, and legged out a triple to right center in the seventh before launching a three-run homer to right center in the eighth. Rodriguez leads the Ducks with six home runs on the year.
Oregon scored 17 runs on 19 hits during its victory, setting new PK Park records in both categories for any team.
The Ducks, who recorded their third weekend sweep of the season, were able to climb out of an early five-run deficit as ETSU batted around in the top of the first, scoring five runs on six hits.
The Ducks posted back-to-back three-run innings in the second and third to regain a 7-6 lead they would not surrender.
In addition to Rodriguez, Danny Pulfer was 4-for-5 from the plate with a career-high tying four RBIs. Marcus Piazzisi was 2-for-5 with two RBIs, while Paul Eshleman doubled twice – bringing his season total to eight on the year.
Junior Shawn Peterson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a RBI, while senior Curtis Rauliniatis was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs scored.
Sophomore right-hander Alex Keudell (5-5) was credited with the win after coming on in relief of senior Zack Thornton. Keudell tossed four and 1/3 innings of one-run baseball, allowing two hits and issuing one walk while striking out three.
Thornton left the game after lasting just 2 and 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and one walk.
Kerry Doane (1-3) took the loss for ETSU, allowing six runs on 10 hits in relief of starter Chas Byrne. Byrne tossed two innings, allowing five runs on six hits while issuing two walks. The Buccaneers used a total of six pitchers on the day.
The Ducks will make their first appearance at Joe Etzel Field since reinstatement in Portland to play the Pilots at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Oregon will resume Pac-10 play next weekend, traveling to Washington for a three-game series which begins at 5:30 p.m., Friday from Husky Ballpark. The final two games of the series with the Huskies will be televised on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) by the Oregon Sports Network on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.
Notes: Oregon’s 17 runs were the most scored by any team in the two-year history of PK Park…Oregon's 19 hits were the most by any team in PK Park history...Eddie Rodriguez became the first UO player to hit for the cycle since reinstatement…his six home runs lead the Ducks, and his fifth-inning triple was the first of his career…he has 19 multiple-hit games on the season, including nine with three hits or more…Rodriguez is tied with Curtis Raulinaitis, leading the Ducks with 10 multiple-RBI games…Danny Pulfer’s four hits were a new career high…Shawn Peterson’s three hits were also a new career best.