After losing two competitive games to begin the Civil War, Oregon(25-24, 9-15 Pac-12) showed some grit and took home a close 3-2 victory to close out their series against Oregon State(33-15-1,19-5 Pac-12). The game was started by Brett Walker, but the real story on the mound was flamethrower Ryne Nelson, who pitched 6.1 innings in relief to grab his third win of the season, while striking out 12 and allowing only 2 runs. Nelson currently is tied for the Pac-12 lead in strikeouts with 98, albeit with most of his innings coming as a reliever. Another stud for the game was Spencer Steer, who continued his series-long dominance of the Beavers, going 2 for 2 with two walks, reaching base in all of his at bats and hitting a double for the third straight game. On the series, he brought in 5 of the team’s 8 total runs, carrying the offense every time he stepped up to the plate.
There were a couple tense moments throughout the game, as Ryne Nelson was accused of having an illegal substance on the mound in the 5th. This lit a fire in his belly, as he struck out the side that inning. Later in the 8th, an OSU player had a problem with a call, which caused a small kerfuffle, and a couple players on the Beavers bench were given warnings from the umpires.
The Ducks play their next game against Gonzaga on Tuesday at 6 pm in Eugene before heading south to Los Angeles to take on USC for their last away series of Pac-12 play.
Game Story – Kent Williams
Post Game Audio
Coach George Horton
3B Spencer Steer
RHP Ryne Nelson