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Ducks Shut Out Dons 4-0
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 04/18/2011
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EUGENE – Playing its fifth game in six days, Oregon recorded its sixth shutout of the year, defeating the University of San Francisco, 4-0, on Monday afternoon at PK Park.

The Dons, who entered the game on a three-game winning streak after sweeping Portland over the weekend, fall to 17-20 on the year.

The Ducks (18-16) are the midst of a stretch with nine games in 11 days, and return to the diamond tomorrow at 6 p.m. to host Portland. All tickets are $5, and children who wear their baseball or softball jersey to the game will receive free admission.

In his first start since March 26 vs. Wichita State, Oregon left-hander Christian Jones (3-1) tossed six shutout innings and allowed just four hits while issuing no walks and striking out seven in the win. The sophomore had missed two weeks of action due to a back ailment before appearing in relief at USC on Saturday.

Junior right-hander Scott McGough picked up his third save of the season, pitching three shutout innings and facing just one batter over the minimum. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native allowed one hit and fanned five.

Freshman Stefan Sabol was 2-for-4 on the day, driving in two runs as well as an extra-base hit and stolen base.

Making the start at shortstop, J.J. Altobelli was 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Danny Pulfer and Paul Eshleman also drove in runs.

Oregon took a one-run lead in the first as San Francisco starter Jonathan Abramson issued a one-out walk to Brett Thomas , and Sabol followed by smashing a double into left field that brought Thomas home to score the game’s first run.

The Ducks led 3-0 after three innings after back-to-back hits paid off for Oregon. Altobelli led things off with a single before Pulfer’s double to deep left gave UO a 2-0 advantage.

Pulfer then stole third and scored on Sabol’s one-run single as Abramson’s day was done.
Abramson (1-2)  tossed two and 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out one.

Oregon added a run in the sixth as the Ducks loaded the bases with one out and Paul Eshleman ’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly scored Aaron Jones .

USF used six pitchers in the game.

The Ducks continue their stretch of nine games in 11 days, hosting Portland at 6 p.m. at PK Park. Tickets are just $5 and children that wear the baseball or softball jerseys to the game will receive free admission to Tuesday’s contest.

The Pilots and Ducks are playing a five-game season series in 2011 with the series currently tied at one game apiece.

Notes: Stefan Sabol recorded the first stolen base of his career... Danny Pulfer has reached safely in 20 consecutive games and has recorded hits in 18 of those contests. He currently leads the Ducks on a six-game hitting streak…the Ducks have a 6-2 record in shutouts this season…In Oregon’s last five games, the Ducks have 11 extra-base hits with Pulfer and Sabol combining for seven.

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