HONOLULU – Oregon unloaded for 16 hits on Sunday at Les Murakami Stadium as the Ducks prevailed 14-5 and took a 2-1 series lead against Hawai’i.
Junior J.J. Altobelli finished the day with a 3-for-6 outing and drove in two runs along with a double, while sophomore Aaron Jones – in his first start behind the plate for the Ducks – also had a 3-for-6 outing and knocked in two runs.
Sophomore right-hander Brando Tessar (1-0) earned the win, tossing six and 2/3 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – while surrendering five hits and issuing four walks but also striking out three.
David Wylie and Billy Flamion made their first appearances on the mound for Oregon in relief of Tessar.
With a 2-0 lead, Oregon broke the game wide open in the top of fourth expanding its advantage to 10-0, scoring eight runs on seven hits as well as receiving some aid from two Hawai’i errors in the inning. In the top of the fourth, 14 Oregon batters came to the plate as Kyle Garlick led things off with a single and later hit a two-out, two-run homer in his second at-bat of the fourth.
Garlick finished his afternoon with 2-for-4 performance and scored three runs, while freshman Scott Heineman was 3-for-4 at the plate with a RBI and two runs scored. Oregon recorded four extra-base hits as Altobelli, Heineman and Shaun Chase doubled.
Five Hawai’i pitchers took the mound, but it was starter Jon Flinn (0-1) who was issued the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits.
The final game of the series is set for a 3:05 p.m. (PT) first pitch from Les Murakami Stadium on Monday.
Notes: Oregon’s eight hits in the fourth inning is a new program best…Kyle Garlick’s two-run homer was the first Oregon home run of 2012…Oregon’s 16 hits were the most for the Ducks since totaling 19 vs. Seattle on May 10, 2011…the Ducks’ 14 runs were the most for the program since a 14-3 victory over Portland on April 19, 2011 at PK Park…there were a combined eight hit batters in the game.