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.