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Early deficit too much for Ducks to overcome

Feb 19, 2022

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Oregon struggled early falling behind 9-0 after three innings and despite closing the gap couldn't finish the job in a 10-4 San Diego win on Saturday night at Fowler Park.
 
How It Happened: San Diego took an early lead for the second straight day taking advantage of an Oregon miscue. After the Toreros put a pair in scoring position with two outs in the bottom of the first, Andrew Mosiello got a ground ball that looked to end the inning but Gavin Grant could not handle it allowing two runs to score.
 
USD (2-0) broke it open in the third scoring seven runs on just two hits. The Ducks helped the Toreros' cause with three walks, two hit-by-pitches and a throwing error on back pick attempt.
 
The Ducks (0-2) got on the board with a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.
 
Josiah Cromwick, making his first start since last April 14 at Portland where he suffered an injury, led off the fifth with a base hit. After moving to second on a Bryce Boettcher bunt, Tanner Smith drove in Cromwick with Oregon's first run of the game. On the play, Smith advanced to second when the throw went home and then came around to score when San Diego catcher Caleb Ricketts through the ball into center field trying to throw out Smith at second.
 
Oregon tacked on two more in the sixth, and Cromwick again played a big part in the scoring. Brennan Milone led off the inning with a base hit and moved to third on a Josh Kasevich single. With runners at the corners and two outs, Cromwick blistered a ball to deep center field for a two-run double to get Oregon within five.
 
San Diego tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth and held the Ducks scoreless the rest of the game.
 
Inside the Box Score: Oregon out-hit San Diego nine to seven, but the Toreros benefited from six walks, two hit-by-pitches and two Ducks' errors … The Ducks stranded six, with three of those coming in the sixth or seventh inning … For the second consecutive game, Smith had a multiple-hit game (2-for-5, RBI, 1 R) running his career total to 39 multi-hit games … The 39 xbh-games is three shy of cracking the career top-10 at Oregon … Cromwick (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R) had his third career-multiple hit game and his first multi-RBI game … Kasevich (2-for-4, 1 R) finished with his 25th career multiple-hit game … Milone had his first multi-hit game as a Duck and the third of his career … Oregon's bullpen combination of Caleb Sloan (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K) and true freshman Jacob Hughes (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB) combined to toss 5.1 innings while allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.
 
On Deck: It is a quick turnaround for the teams with game three at 1 p.m. at Fowler Park. Sophomore Isaac Ayon gets the ball for Oregon, while Arizona transfer Ian Churchill takes the mound for the Toreros.