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Ducks get 2 clutch home runs, pull away late in win

Apr 8, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. — Jacob Walsh and Anthony Hall both hit go-ahead home runs before the Ducks tacked on five eighth-inning runs to pull away from Ball State in a 13-7 nonconference win at PK Park on Friday night.
 
Walsh blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to break a 4-4 tie, and then Hall drilled a two-run shot to break a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the seventh.
 
How It Happened: The Ducks (19-10) jumped on top early scoring three runs with outs in the bottom of the second inning. Josh Kasevich started the rally with a one-out hit before Hall drew a walk to put runners on first and second.
 
After Ball State (17-10) got the second out of the inning, Sam Novitske plated Kasevich with a RBI single to left field. Gavin Grant followed with a two-RBI single to right field scoring Hall and Novitske for a 3-0 lead.
 
The Cardinals rallied to take the lead scoring four runs in the top of the fifth, but Oregon responded with three of its own in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead.
 
Tanner Smith led off the inning with a hit, moved to second on a balk and advanced to third on a Colby Shade fly out to center field. Brennan Milone tied the game with a RBI single scoring Smith. Walsh followed with a two-run home run over the right-field wall giving the Ducks a 6-4 lead.
 
Ball State tied it with a single runs in both the sixth and seventh, setting the stage for Hall's heroics. The Ducks right fielder hit a 3-1 pitch over the right-field wall scoring Kasevich who reached on a two-out walk.
 
The Ducks broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth scoring five runs on just one hit. Novitske walked to lead off the inning and then moved to second on a Grant bunt single. Smith, Shade, Milone, Walsh and Kasevich all walked to give Oregon a 12-6 lead. Hall drove in the final run with a RBI ground out.
 
Inside The Box Score: Hall (1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB) homered for the third consecutive game, the longest streak of his career and the first for the Ducks since Tanner Smith hit home runs in three straight games from March 19-22 … Walsh's home run was his first since March 22 at Gonzaga … Walsh (1-for-3, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB) finished with his eighth multiple-RBI game of the season … Hall had his sixth of the season and the 17th of his career … Gavin Grant (2-for-3, 2 RBI, R, BB) was the only Duck with multiple hits … It was his eighth multi-hit game of the season and the 19th of his career … He also had his fourth multiple-RBI game of the season and the seventh of his career … Oregon's 13 walks were a season high, besting its 12 walks in a win over St. John's on Feb. 25 … Oregon has now homered in four straight games after seeing its 17-game home run streak end vs. San Francisco on March 30 … Shade extended his reached base streak to 19 games with an eighth-inning walk … Matt Dallas (3-1) picked up the win.
 
On Deck: Oregon and Ball State play a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch for game one is at 12:05 p.m.