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Ducks beat Hawaii, split series

For the first time ever, the Oregon baseball team began the season with high expectations to succeed, including a couple of top 10 rankings. Despite good offensive numbers and starting pitching, the bullpen was unable to hold onto late inning leads. After two heartbreaking losses to the Rainbows, they found themselves in a tough spot.

Luckily for the Oregon team, Madison Boer came to the rescue with an 8 inning one hit gem, facing only two over the minimum. Despite the impressive win, game four of the series was very important for the Ducks to avoid a disappointing 1-3 start to the season.

Game four started off with a bang as freshman Aaron Jones continued his hitting tear with a leadoff home run, already his 2nd of the season. The Ducks would add one more run in the fourth, but in both innings, the Rainbows would counter with a run of their own.

The Ducks would take the momentum of the game by scoring two runs in the top of the sixth. Freshman Stefan Sabol led off with a triple, then was driven in by Danny Pulfer. Pulfer was sacrificed to second, then scored on a throwing error while stealing third, a costly mistake for Hawaii.

The Ducks bullpen then came up huge in the bottom of the 7th. After Hawaii loaded the bases with only one out, the Ducks held the Rainbows to only one run, and held onto the 4-3 lead behind Clayton Porter and Kellen Moer.

Because the Ducks had a flight to catch, it was announced that the 8th inning would be the final inning. Moer returned for the 8th and retired the side in order to get the 4 out save and give Oregon an important win to split the series.

Players of the Game…
Aaron Jones: The freshman went 2 for 5 with a leadoff HR (his 2nd). Jones has 8 hits in 18 at bats this season and is leading the Ducks in both hits and home runs.
Kellen Moer: The senior stepped up big in this one, retiring all four batters faced and shutting the door on Hawaii to pick up the save. After losing two leads in the final innings this series, Moer’s performance was huge for the Ducks.

The Ducks next game will be the home opener in PK Park on Friday at 5:00 against St. Mary’s.

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