EUGENE, Ore. – Four Stanford errors gave Oregon’s offense plenty of opportunities, which it took full advantage of in a 6-2 series-opening victory at PK Park on Friday evening.
The Ducks (25-23-1, 6-13 Pac-10) also picked up 11 hits, including three apiece from Danny Pulfer (3-for-5), Kyle Garlick (3-for-4) and KC Serna (3-for-4). The trio combined to go 9-for-13 with three doubles, four RBI and four runs scored. Stefan Sabol also had a multi-hit day, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Tyler Anderson held Stanford (27-17, 9-10 Pac-10) to one unearned run on four hits and four walks. In seven innings on the hill, the left-hander struck out seven, bringing his total to 103 on the year. Anderson has now recorded triple digits in strikeouts in back-to-back seasons while also recording his 11th quality start of the season. The junior improved his record to 7-2 on the season with Friday’s performance.
Madison Boer closed out the game for the Ducks, making his first relief appearance for Oregon since June 6, 2010 vs. Connecticut in the NCAA Regional. The junior fanned three batters in the final two innings while allowing one run.
Oregon took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as two hits and two Stanford errors plated two runs for the Ducks. Back-to-back errors and a walk had the bases loaded with no outs, when Ryon Healy hit into a double play, allowing Pulfer to score UO’s first run.
Stanford’s Mark Appel walked Aaron Jones to put runners on the corners, and Garlick drove a two-out, one-run single to right as Thomas scored and gave the Ducks a two-run advantage.
Stanford cut Oregon’s lead in half in the top of the third after Doran laced a one-out double down the left field line. He moved to third on a passed ball and scored unearned on Clowe’s RBI groundout.
The Ducks added a run in the bottom of the fourth as Serna led off with a single up the middle. He was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a groundout before Pulfer’s two-out, one-run single to center gave UO a 3-1 advantage.
Oregon scored two runs with two outs on the board in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. Appel issued Jones a two-out walk, and Garick single to right center to put runners on the corners. Serna then produced a two-out single to plate Jones while Garlick moved all the way to third. Garlick then scored the Ducks’ fifth run on a wild pitch.
Anderson got himself into trouble in the top of the sixth as Stanford loaded the bases with one out on a single and back-to-back walks. The southpaw recovered to strike out Piscotty and Ragira as the Cardinal left the bases juiced.
Stanford also stranded runners on first and second in the top of the seventh as Ryon Healy picked a line drive destined for right field to nab the third out and keep Oregon’s 5-1 lead intact.
The Ducks’ bats conjured up some more two-out magic to plate their final insurance run of the evening. Garlick started the rally with a double down the right field line for his third hit of the day and Serna followed suit with two-bagger of his own on a soaring line drive that ringed off the wall in deep left to chase Appel and give UO its largest lead of the night at 6-1.
Stanford came back with a run of its own with two down in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by Tyler Gaffney. Boer quickly quelled the rally by striking out Kenny Diekroeger to end the threat. He followed that up with a scoreless ninth inning, inducing a game-ending double play to secure the victory.
These teams will square off for game two of the three-game set on Saturday. Alex Keudell will toe the rubber against Stanford’s Danny Sandbrink with the first pitch slated for 2 p.m.
Notes: Oregon has won the series opener seven times this year… Oregon is 11-5-1 when recording at least 10 hits in a game…the Ducks have recorded at least 11 hits in three straight games…Madison Boer made his first relief appearance since June 6, 2010 vs. Connecticut.