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Shade RBI single in 11th completes Ducks sweep of Huskies

Apr 16, 2022

SEATTLE — Colby Shade delivered a two-out RBI single in the top of the 11th inning to score Gavin Grant and then Christian Ciuffetelli got the last three outs to give Oregon a 5-4 win over Washington on Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
 
The win clinched a series sweep for the Ducks, their first in Seattle since the 1976 season. Oregon also won its first series at Washington since 2010 when the Ducks picked up wins in games two and three after losing in extra innings in game one.
 
How It Happened: Oregon took the lead in the top of the second scoring three runs. Sam Novitske picked up a pair of RBI with a triple to right field scoring Josh Kasevich and Anthony Hall. Novitske made it 3-0 scoring on a wild pitch.
 
Washington cut the lead to two with a third inning run before the Ducks responded. Brennan Milone got it back with a solo homer over the left-field wall.
 
Washington got within one with a pair of runs in the sixth and then tied it on an eighth inning solo home run pushing the game into extra innings.
 
Tanner Smith put the Ducks back on top with a leadoff solo home run in the top of the 10th inning.
 
Oregon turned to closer Kolby Somers, who had saves in each of the first two games of the series. Their wouldn't be a third save, thanks to a Johnny Tincher leadoff home run to tie the game.
 
Somers rebounded from the home run. After two reached base on a walk and error and moved to second and third on a wild pitch with just one out, the Ducks' closer struck out a batter and got a pop out to end the threat.
 
In the 11th, Washington reliever Bryce Armstrong retired the first two batters he faced before walking Gavin Grant. Smith kept the inning going with a single through the right side to put runners on first and second.
 
Shade the lined a two-ball, two-strike pitch into right center scoring Grant from second.
 
Inside The Box Score: Novitske's triple was the second of his career, and first since March 8, 2019 … Milone's home run was his eighth of the season, tying Smith and Anthony Hall for the team lead … Smith regained the team lead in homers with his solo shot in the 11th … Smith (2-for-6, HR, RBI, R) had multiple hits for the second time in the series, the 17th time this season and the 54th time in his career … Shade (3-for-5, RBI, BB) reached base four times … He had multiple hits for the second straight day and the 15th time this season … Somers (3-2) was credited with the win … Ciuffetelli's save was the first of his career … Oregon moved to 2-0 in extra innings this season.
 
On Deck: Oregon wraps up its four-game road trip at Portland on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. first pitch.