BSB | Oregon Takes Series Finale 3-2 Against Beavers Amid Tension

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

WSOC | Oregon Caps off an Impressive Pre-Season with a 1-1 Tie Against Oregon State

Oregon soccer wrapped up their spring preseason on Saturday against the rival Oregon State Beavers with a 1 to 1 tie. Though just a preseason game, it was apparent that to the players on the field it was still a Civil War. Both teams played a hard and physical game for 90 minutes, trying desperately to get ahead of one another.

Zoe Hasenauer got the Ducks up early with a shifty move in the box, and a shot that the aggressive Beaver goalie Emma Dean could only get a piece of. Though Oregon had their inter-state rivals on their heels for the entirety of the first half, Hasenauer’s shot would be the only one to beat Dean.

Although the Ducks came away with just a single goal despite a great first-half performance, Head Coach Kat Mertz recognizes that the incoming Freshman will continue to prove their worth throughout the season. It’s a young team with high expectations, and the Ducks look to bring their impressive spring performance to the regular season.

With three wins and a tie to complete Oregon’s preseason, Coach Mertz hopes to do what no other Duck coach has done before her and reach the NCAA Tournament.  

Coach Mertz and her Oregon squad now look toward mid-august, when their quest for the post-season begins with the first game of the 2019 season.

Game Story by Trent Shigut

Head Coach Kat Mertz