PULLMAN, Wash. – Oregon fought back from deficits on two occasions to even the series at Washington State with a 6-3 victory over the Cougars on Saturday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field.
In the win, Christian Jones (6-2) matched a career high tossing eight innings, and surrendering just three runs while scattering seven hits, issuing two walks and plunking three batters.
Madison Boer mowed down the Cougars (23-26, 7-16) in the bottom of the ninth, retiring the side in order to pick up his second save of the season and the seventh of his career.
For Jones, it was his sixth quality start of the season on his father's birthday.
The series finale and rubber game is set for 12 p.m., Sunday from Bailey-Brayton Field. The game will be televised by the Oregon Sports Network on Comcast SportsNet Northwest and Comcast Sports Southeast.
Oregon (29-25-1, 8-15) totaled 13 hits as the Ducks have now recorded double-digit hits 20 times this season, including in seven of their last nine games. Oregon’s 13 hits were also its most against a Pac-10 opponent this season
J.J. Altobelli led Oregon with three hits – a new season high for the third baseman. The sophomore drove in two runs, scored two runs, doubled and added a stolen base.
In relief of starter James Wise, Kellen Camus (3-1) took the loss after allowing three runs – two earned – on four hits and one walks. Taylor Williams and Spencer Jackson also appeared in relief for the Cougars.
In four and 2/3 innings, Wise allowed two runs on six hits, striking out two.
The Ducks evened the game, 3-3, in the top of the sixth as Aaron Jones led off the inning with a single into right field. Paul Clingan tried to pick Jones off at first, but his throw sailed into right field allowing Jones to advance two bases on the error before scoring unearned on Shawn Peterson’s RBI groundout.
Oregon went on to add two runs on the top of the seventh to take a two-run lead. Altobelli led off the seven with a single through the left side, before scoring from first on Thomas’ one-out, RBI double into deep left center. Thomas moved to third on a ground out and scored on Healy’s single to left as the Ducks took a 5-3 lead.
The Ducks added an insurance run in the top of the ninth, scoring their sixth run of the day on back-to-back hits. Hambright singled to lead off the inning, and scored from first on Altobelli’s double down the left field line.
Oregon erased Washington State’s one-run lead in the top of the fifth with a little two-out damage, and chased Wise from the game.
KC Serna singled through the left side and was on first as Oregon faced two outs, but the UO speedster moved his way around the bases stealing second and third to set up Altobelli’s RBI single to left that evened the game, 1-1.
With Danny Pulfer at the plate, Altobelli stole second to move into scoring position for Pulfer’s one-run single driven up the middle that put the Ducks ahead 2-1.
Washington State answered Oregon quickly in the bottom of the fifth to retake the lead. A two-out double from Cody Bartlett started the rally. He moved to third on a wild pitch before Christian Jones plunked Derek Jones to put runners on the corners. Taylor Ard then hammered a two-out, bases-clearing two-run double into right center as the Cougars took a 3-2 lead.
Notes: Oregon won its first game in Pullman since the program was reinstated…Danny Pulfer extended his hitting streak to nine games…Oregon tied a season high plunking three batters in the game…for the 20th time this season, Oregon recorded double-digit hits in a game, including seven of its last nine…the Ducks’ 13 hits were a season high against a Pac-10 opponent...J.J. Altobelli's three hits were a season high and matched a career high.