BSB | Yovan Leads Oregon to 6-2 Victory in Series Opener with Utah

Oregon opened their three-game series with Utah with a 6-2 victory at home on Friday night thanks to a huge game from starting pitcher and clean-up batter Kenyon Yovan. The Utes struck first in the series after an Oliver Dunn triple brought DaShawn Keirsey Jr., who had walked to start the inning, around in the third.The Ducks continued their dismal offensive performance that saw them lose 10-0  to Oregon State on Tuesday through the first three innings, including a third frame that saw Utah starter Tanner Thomas strike out the side. That ended in the bottom of the fourth, when Yovan took matters into his own hands and crushed a two-run home-run over the left field wall to give Oregon the 2-1 lead. Jakob Goldfarb drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning to push the lead to 3-1 and the Ducks would make Thomas’s outing difficult the rest of the way, finally forcing Utah to make a change to Jacob Rebar in the sixth, where the Ducks would add another run thanks to a RBI sacrifice bunt from Kyle Kasser to make it 4-1. Yovan didn’t need much help, though, pitching seven full innings and giving up just two runs on six hits to go with a solid 2-4 night at the plate before being relieved by Parker Kelly. Though they didn’t need them, Oregon got two insurance runs in the eighth thanks to Jonny DeLuca’s fifth home-run of the season. With a 6-2 lead, Kelly finished off Utah in the ninth to give Oregon the series-opening win. The Ducks and Utes meet again Saturday at 2 p.m. in Eugene for game two.

Game Story (by Alex Castle)

Postgame Interviews

Head Coach George Horton

Pitcher Kenyon Yovan

 

SB: Oregon Clinches Share of Pac-12 Title in 8-3 Victory Over Cal

Powered by two home runs from two seniors, no. 2 Oregon Softball clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 title on Friday afternoon with a come-from-behind 8-3 win over Cal. The Bears struck first, tacking on a single run against Megan Kleist in the fourth after she posted nine straight outs to start the game. Oregon continued a power-packed weekend in the next frame, though, as left fielder Alexis Mack singled in right fielder Haley Cruse before senior catcher Gwen Svekis hammered a three-run shot to left center. Cal responded by clawing two runs across in the bottom half of the fifth, in part due to poor defending by the Ducks. With Oregon just leading by a run, the team bounced back in the sixth, led by a towering DJ Sanders three-run homer to left. Kleist closed out the game to clinch the series win, and to set up the Ducks for the outright Pac-12 crown. At 46-7 overall and 20-3 in conference, Oregon needs just a win tomorrow or a loss out of UCLA in their next two games against Arizona State to reach that landmark. Either way, the Ducks close out the regular season on Saturday at 12 PM.

GAME STORY (by Matt Tyra)

POSTGAME AUDIO

Head Coach Mike White

Catcher Gwen Svekis