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WSU long balls doom Ducks

Apr 23, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. — Washington State hit four home runs, including three two-run shots, and built a seven-run lead for the second consecutive day before holding off an Oregon charge for a 10-8 win at PK Park on Saturday.
 
A day after the Ducks rallied from a 7-0 deficit to win 8-7 on a Brennan Milone 10th inning walk-off single, Oregon fell behind 8-1 in the top of the fourth inning. The Ducks mounted a comeback pulling within two runs in both the fifth and seventh innings, but Oregon (26-12, 11-6 Pac-12) stranded the tying runs on base in the bottom of the eighth before going down in order in the ninth.
 
How It Happened: For the second straight day, Washington State (15-22, 6-14 Pac-12) jumped on Oregon's starting pitcher, scoring five runs off Jace Stoffal (0-1) on four hits in 2.1 innings.
 
The Cougars added three runs (2 earned) against Oregon reliever Matt Dallas in 2.2 innings to push the lead to 8-1 in the fourth inning, with the Ducks' run coming on a wild pitch.
 
Oregon rallied to get within 8-6 after five innings scoring three in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
 
Back-to-back doubles from Anthony Hall and Colby Shade cut the lead to 8-2, before Jack Scanlon reached on a hit-by-pitch. Gavin Grant drove in Shade with a single up the middle, before Scanlon scored on a Tanner Smith ground-ball double play cutting the lead to four.
 
Jacob Walsh sparked the fifth inning rally with a base hit, moved to second on a Josh Kasevich single and to third on a Hall base on balls. Walsh scored on a Shade hit-by-pitch before Kasevich came home on a Scanlon hard-hit ground out.
 
WSU added single runs in the sixth and seventh to push the lead back to four, but Hall cut it back to two with a two-run home run over the right-center field wall scoring Kasevich.
 
The Ducks put the tying runs on in the eighth with a Grant Walk and a Brennan Milone HBP, but they were stranded after Walsh struck out to end the inning.
 
Box Score Notes: Hall's home run was Oregon's 57th of the season, which set a new school record … The 2021 team hit 56 home runs … Hall's homer was his team-best 10th of the season, tying him for 10th all-time on the single-season home run list at Oregon with Tom Dodd (1979), Ray Smith (1975) and Guy Krause (1975) … Hall's HR was the first in 92 plate appearances, marking the longest long-ball drought of the season for the Ducks … Oregon opened the season with 91 plate appearances at San Diego before Grant hit the team's first home run of the season in game three ... The Ducks' last homer before today also came off Hall's bat, in the sixth inning of a win at Portland on Tuesday … Smith started his 160th career game, moving him into seventh place all-time at Oregon … Milone singled in his first two bats, running his streak to five straight hits after he finished Friday's game with RBI single in the seventh, ninth and 10th innings …
 
On Deck: The Ducks send Isaac Ayon (2-1, 5.44) to the mound on Sunday to try to clinch a series win.