EUGENE – Spurred by a seven-run third inning and its freshman quintet, Oregon picked up a 14-3 victory over Portland on Tuesday night at PK Park.
Playing its sixth game of a nine-game stretch in 11 days, the Ducks scored a season-high 14 runs and have improved to 19-16 on the season. Oregon has also won five of its last seven and now holds a 2-1 edge in the five-game season series against Portland (12-21) this year.
The Ducks will continue this stretch on Thursday, hosting 23rd-ranked Arizona for a three-game Pac-10 series at PK Park.
In the first start of his career and just the fourth appearance of his season, freshman Jeff Gold
(1-0) picked up the win tossing five innings and allowing three runs on six hits. The Moraga, Calif., native walked no one and struck out a career-best six.
Oregon totaled 10 hits on the evening as freshmen Stefan Sabol
and Kyle Garlick
each recorded multiple-hit games. Sabol, now on a six-game hitting streak, was 2-for-3 with a RBI, two runs scored and a double, while Garlick was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs.
The Portland pitching staff also walked eight batters and plunked three, giving UO 11 free bases.
With five true freshmen in the starting lineup, the quintet combined to drive in nine runs, score nine runs and record seven hits.
The Ducks scored seven runs on six hits and two errors in the bottom of the third taking a 7-0 lead. With runners on the corners, the Ducks scored their first run of the game as a failed pickoff attempt in the dirt allowed Garlick to score from third.
Portland starter Matt McCallister loaded the bases on a single and hit batter before walking in the Ducks’ second run by delivering ball four to Ryan Hambright
on a full count. With bases loaded, Portland called on Zach Nice to take over on the hill for McCallister, but Jones sliced a two-run double to right center as UO took a 4-0 lead.
Kuresa then came to the plate, and drove a bases-clearing, two-run double to right center as Oregon led 6-0. Garlick drove in Kuresa to score Oregon’s seventh run of the game before Chad Kjemhus came out of the bullpen to retire J.J. Altobelli
and Danny Pulfer
to end the inning.
Oregon added three runs in the bottom of the fourth as Kjemhus delivered ball four with the bases loaded to Jack Marder
to walk in a run, and a two-run Garlick single plated Jones and Kuresa.
In the loss, McCallister (0-3) allowed five runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Portland used five pitchers in the game.
Portland scored two runs in the top of the fourth as Kevin Armijo led off the inning with an infield single that took a sharp bounce off the mound. Matt Mardesich then drove a triple into left that got by a diving Garlick as Armijo came around to score. Riley Henricks’ sacrifice fly scored the Pilots second run.
Armijo and Chet Thompson had two hits apiece for Portland.
Oregon returns to action this weekend to host 23rd-ranked Arizona at PK Park. The series begins at 6 p.m., Thursday and all sodas in the park will be $1 at concession stands.
Oregon’s 14 runs were a new season high and the most for the Ducks since a 17-7 victory over East Tennessee State on May 16, 2010…The Ducks’ 11-run margin of victory is Oregon’s largest since a 16-2 victory over Nevada on March 19, 2010…The Ducks have reached double-digit runs on four occasions...Oregon’s last two starting pitchers have picked up victories and walked no one in their outings….Danny Pulfer
has reached safely in 21 consecutive games and has recorded hits in 19 of those contests. He currently leads the Ducks on a seven-game hitting streak…the Ducks hold a 2-1 edge in the five-game season series with Portland…sophomore Erik Bonn
in his first appearance of the season, recorded his first RBI with a groundout in the bottom of the eighth…Stefan Sabol
is on a six-game hitting streak, and in that stretch has driven in six runs and recorded five extra-base hits.