Men’s Baseball: Ducks win series vs. Oregon State, Look for Sweep Sunday Afternoon

Saturday evening saw the No. 21 ranked Ducks defeat the No. 19 Oregon State Beavers at PK Park in game two of their weekend series. The Ducks defeated the Beavers on Friday night 4-1, and Saturday night, the Ducks won again, this time 5-1. 

“You want to be able to win in a lot of different ways-that’s when we are a good team. It’s not easy sometimes to score when the weather turns cold at PK park at a late night game…it was just fun to watch the players, they wanted to win and it was evident through their execution.” Coach Wasikowski stated in the post-game presser.

The game started off with Oregon State playing aggressive in the box, and throughout the evening had opportunities with runners on base, but left a total of 12 on base. It was a struggle throughout, with the Beavers only batting .152 for the game. 

            Defensively for the Ducks, tonight presented opportunities that could have changed the outcome of the game allowing 9 runners in scoring position. But, the pitching came in clutch on more than one occasion and lead to the Ducks keeping the Beavers in check. 

            “They came out, they had a real fighters mentally, and we expected nothing less… The Oregon State came out and they were extremely aggressive – We were able to get some chasing hitters as they were aggressive…we extended the strike zone down and out of the zone with them being more aggressive than the night before and I thought that was the difference in the ball game…” said coach Wasikowski after the game when asked about the Beavers aggressive approach throughout the game. 

Offensively, Oregon’s third baseman Sam Novitske helped power the attack with two hits and an RBI. 

“Our whole thing right now is just competing, and I think that every single pitch we want to compete whether that’s dirt reads, anything on defense, anything on offense,” said Gavin Grant after the game, whose bunt lead to two RBIs. 

The Ducks are on riding a high going into Sundays final match against Oregon State. They won the series and have won seven of their last eight games. For Oregon State, their losing streak is now at three games. 

            The final game of the series is Sunday at 4pm and will be on Pac 12 Network, and as always KWVA will be there covering. 

#3 Oregon Softball Downs #2 UCLA 3-0 for Series Opening Win

By Knight Jarecki

Jane Sanders Stadium was filled with fans for the first time this season as Duck fans witnessed the #3 Oregon Ducks upset the #2 UCLA Bruins 3-0 Friday night. With the win on Friday, Oregon hands UCLA their second loss of the season, both of which have come at the hands of the Ducks.

The game was a pitching dual as both teams threw their aces in Brooke Yanez for the Ducks and Megan Faraimo for the Bruins. The two pitchers entered the game with less than a 1.50 ERA and 10 wins each.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 4th inning when Allee Bunker blasted a 2 run home run to left breaking the deadlock at 2-0. The Ducks offense stayed hot in the next inning as Haley Cruse ripped a double to right center field driving in Deijah Pangilinan to extend the Ducks lead to 3-0.

The score remained unchanged for the rest of the game as Brooke Yanez shut out the Bruins for the rest of the way.

Brooke Yanez finished with 8 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched while only allowing 2 hits. Allee Bunker was the star offensively as she finished 3-3 with the home run and 2RBIs.

Oregon now moves to 26-2 on the year. The Ducks will have 3 more battles with the Bruins as they host UCLA for a double header Saturday before wrapping up the series on Sunday.

Audio Story by Knight Jarecki