PORTLAND – Oregon unleashed its offense early, and with a 7-2 victory over Portland on Tuesday afternoon, the Ducks claimed the season series over the Pilots at Joe Etzel Field.
Oregon (30-26-1) scored six runs in the first two innings, and that’s all the Ducks would need with junior right-hander Scott McGough on the mound.
In a season high five and 2/3 innings on the hill, McGough (3-6) earned the win and shut out Portland (21-30) on three hits while dealing a career high eight strikeouts.
Oregon had a 6-0 lead after two innings as the Ducks strung together seven hits – three for extra bases - and capitalized on three Pilot errors. Aaron Jones, Shawn Peterson and Stefan Sabol each drove in runs in the first inning as Oregon took a 5-0 lead, while Andrew Mendenhall’s RBI groundout plated the Ducks’ sixth run in Altobelli during the second inning.
The Ducks added their seventh run in the sixth after Pulfer’s sacrifice fly scored Altobelli after the sophomore led off the inning with a triple to deep right field.
Pulfer extended his hitting streak to 11 games, batting 2-for-3 with a triple that led off the game.
Healy was 2-for-5 with a run scored, while Peterson was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two-run double smacked down the left field line in the first.
Sabol then switched places with Peterson in the first, driving him in with a double.
Both starting pitchers left the game early as freshman Porter Clayton yielded two runs on three hits in two and 1/3 innings in his third career start as a Duck.
Portland left-hander Keeler Brynteson (0-1) allowed six runs – five earned - on seven hits and one walk.
In relief of Brynteson, right-hander J.R. Bunda held Oregon to just one run on three hits and one walk while fanning three in four and 1/3 innings of action.
Brando Tessar tossed the ninth inning for Oregon, holding Portland to one hit while striking out one.
The Ducks return to PK Park this weekend to host the Pacific Source Civil War series as Oregon ends the regular season with three games against Oregon State.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-WEB-FOOT, online at www.GoDucks.com, or in person at the Casanova Center Ticket Office.
The series begins with a 7 p.m. first pitch on Friday, May 27 as Oregon celebrates O Heroes Night at the ballpark presented by Sanipac. The Oregon Sanipac Garbage Truck will be on display in the PK Park Plaza, and clips of ‘Showtime’ - the O Heroes talent show - will be shown throughout the game.
On Saturday, May 28, it will be Armed Forces Day at the ballpark presented by the Oregon Army National Guard. A Hummer will be on display in the PK Park Plaza, with a 2 p.m. start time.
The series finale, set for 1 p.m., Sunday, will be Public Service Day. The Eugene Police Department and Eugene Fire Department will have displays in the PK Park Plaza.
Notes: With the win, the Ducks won the season series with Portland, 3-2…Oregon totaled double-digit hits for the 23rd time this season and the ninth time in UO’s last 11 games…Danny Pulfer extended his hitting streak to 11 games….McGough’s five and 2/3 innings were a season high while his eight strikeouts were a career high.