After dropping the first of a three-game series, Oregon (22-15, 7-7 Pac-12) was looking to snag one back from the Stanford Cardinal (26-6, 12-2 Pac-12). Unfortunately for the Ducks, poor pitching lead to a disastrous game that ended in a 20-5 loss. Cole Stringer (5.90 ERA) took the mound for Oregon but looked cold early, as he gave up five runs to start the game. However, once Stringer escaped the first, he found his groove and put the next six batters down in order.
For the other side, Stanford’s Will Matthiessen (3.62 ERA) picked his batters for five innings, only allowing two hits and a single run to Gabe Matthews off a solo home run. Though Matthiessen had four walks, he made sure the Ducks were unable to find solid contact all game.
Stanford truly won the game in the fifth inning, where the lead was extended to nine. An easy out opportunity could have gotten the Ducks off the field with only two runs allowed, but an error allowed two more runners in. With eight homeruns in two games for Stanford, the long ball has been an unstoppable truth in this series. A distressed Oregon bullpen will have to figure out how to create more chances for their fielders going into the final game of the series.
A seven run sixth inning solidified a Cardinal win and gave Stanford a 2-0 lead in the series. Coming up next, Oregon Baseball looks to steal one away from the #2 ranked Cardinal on Saturday at noon.
Game Story by Justin Grossweiner
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Head Coach George Horton