Game Two: Ducks Take Finale in Extras
March 17, 2012

SEATTLE – Jimmie Sherfy once again provided extra-inning magic for Oregon as the Ducks’ closer picked up the win in a 3-2, 13-inning victory over Washington on Saturday at Husky Ballpark.

The No. 17 Ducks (13-5, 1-2) dropped the first two games of their series to the Huskies, but responded with a one-run win in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, remaining undefeated at 3-0 in extra-inning games.

Sherfy (3-0) tossed six and 2/3 innings in relief, and recovered after allowing the game-tying run to score in the ninth. The right-hander allowed just four hits and walked one while striking out six.

In the top of the 13th, Washington reliever Adam Cimber (0-1) issued the lead-off walk to Andrew Mendenhall. The junior outfielder moved to second on a sacrifice and scored the go-ahead run as J.J. Altobelli put the ball in play, but an error from UW second baseman Joe Meggs allowed Mendenhall to score.

The Ducks looked to have the game won in nine innings, taking a 2-1 advantage into the bottom of the ninth but Ryan Wiggins delivered the pinch-hit, two-out single through the left side that scored Caleb Brown from third to tie the game. It was Brown’s one-out single that put the game-tying run aboard for Washington as he moved to second on a passed ball and to third on a groundout before coming home on Wiggins’ single.

Washington starter Austin Voth had a no hitter going into the sixth inning as UW led 1-0, and the Ducks hadn’t scored in 16 consecutive innings, when Oregon started a two-out rally. Voth walked Altobelli and plunked Aaron Payne to put runners on first and second before Aaron Jones drove a two-run double off the wall in left center as UO took a 2-1 lead.

Voth lasted six innings on the mound, allowing two runs on one hit and two walks while totaling seven strikeouts.

In six and 1/3 innings of work, Oregon starter Brando Tessar held Washington to one run on six hits while striking out a career-high eight batters and issuing just two walks.

The sophomore right-hander was in line for the win before the game-tying run was surrendered in the bottom of the ninth, but the Ducks remain an undefeated 5-0 when Tessar starts.

In three innings of relief, Zach Wright shut out the Ducks on one hit while totaling two strikeouts. Following Wright, Cimber tossed three and 2/3 innings, allowing the game-winning run (unearned) on one hit and one walk while striking out two.

Notes: The win was the 100th for Oregon since the program was reinstated in 2009…Oregon is now 6-2 in one-run games and 3-0 in extra innings…freshman Billy Flamion made the first start of his career.

Game One: Davis Shuts Out Oregon
March 17, 2012

SEATTLE – In a duel between freshman starters, Washington right-hander Tyler Davis earned the victory as he shut out 17th-ranked Oregon, 5-0, in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Husky Ballpark.

With the win, Washington (12-6, 2-0) took the Pac-12 series as Oregon (12-5, 0-2) dropped its first series of the season, while also losing back-to-back games for the first time in 2012.

In his first collegiate start, Davis (1-0) pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits and issuing just one walk while striking out one. With Davis on the mound, Oregon’s offense reached scoring position on just two occasions.

The Huskies used Tyler Kane, Nick Palewicz and Joshua Frendendall to toss the final three innings in relief.

Oregon freshman right-hander Jake Reed (1-2) took the complete-game loss, allowing five runs (four earned) in a career-best eight innings on the mound. Reed surrendered eight hits and issued two walks while striking out three in the fifth start of his career.

Washington disturbed Reed early scoring four runs in the top of the first on four singles and a walk. With the bases loaded, one out and a 1-0 lead, Jacob Lamb drove a two-run single up the middle to break the bottom of the first open.

After getting roughed up in the first, Reed allowed just one unearned run and four hits the rest of the way.

In the fifth, Washington added a run as Jayce Ray led off the bottom of the inning with a single and moved to second on a throwing error. He was sacrificed to third before scoring unearned on a passed ball.

The Ducks were held to six hits, and stranded seven base runners as J.J. Altobelli led the Ducks with two hits.

Notes: Oregon has now lost series to Washington in 2011 and 2012…the Ducks lost back-to-back games for the first time in 2012, and dropped their first series of the season… the Ducks were shut out for the first time since a 4-0 loss to UCLA on May 8, 2011 at PK Park.