May 14, 2016
Corvallis, Ore. – Oregon used a balance of good pitching, good hitting and some superb defense to pick up a 7-4 win over Oregon State in game one of a Pac-12 Conference series at Goss Stadium on Friday night.
How it happened: Cole Irvin (5-4) allowed just two runs on seven hits over seven innings, while fanning five to pick up the win. After reliever Brac Warren faltered in the eighth allowing a pair of runs, Stephen Nogosek came in to get the last four outs and pick up his 12th save.
Kyle Kasser and Steven Packard paced the Ducks offense finishing with two hits each. Packard had a pair of doubles, scored a run and picked up an RBI, while Kasser went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Daniel Patzlaff added a pair of RBI for Oregon.
Oregon (23-21, 11-11 Pac-12) put a run on the board in the top of the second to take a lead. Patzlaff delivered an RBI single with one out to score Jake Bennett, who led off the inning with a sharp single to right center.
Oregon State (29-17, 10-12 Pac-12) answered with two in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead, but Oregon bounced back with a two spot of its own in the top of the fifth. Kasser picked up a two-RBI single that scored Carson Breshears and Travis Moniot. Breshears, who made a spectacular defensive play in the sixth inning, led off the fourth inning with a single, moved to second on a Moniot sacrifice bunt that OSU pitcher Travis Eckert (5-4) booted allowing Moniot to reach. Austin Grebeck moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt setting up Kasser’s big hit.
The Ducks were able to manufacture three more runs to push the lead to four in the top of the sixth with all three runs scoring on fielder’s choices with only one resulting in an out. Packard led off the inning with a double, his second of the game, before moving to third on a base hit by Tim Susnara. Packard scored on a Patzlaff sacrifice bunt after Eckert’s bare-handed toss to Logan Ice short-hopped the catcher. Susnara scored on another fielder’s choice beating a throw to the plate on a Moniot chopper to first baseman K.J. Harrison. Patzlaff scored the final run on a hard-hit ball by Grebeck that shortstop Trever Morrison made a nice play on to get the force at second.
Packard continued his big night in the top of the seventh. After a Kasser leadoff single and a Balta walk, Bennett bunted the runners to second and third. Packard picked up the RBI with a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Kasser for a 7-2 lead.
Oregon State added two runs off reliever Brac Warren in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a pair of walks and a double that drove both runners home. Nogosek, Oregon’s closer, came in to get the final out of the inning with a strikeout which stranded a runner at third. Nogosek held OSU scoreless in the ninth to lower his ERA to 1.07.
Rare win in Corvallis: Wins haven’t come easy in Corvallis since Oregon brought back baseball before the 2009 season, which is what makes Friday night’s win so sweet. The Ducks claimed their first conference win at Goss Stadium after three straight sweeps at the hands of the Beavers in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The Ducks are now 4-13, with three non-league wins, in Corvallis since the program was reinstated.
Box score notes: Irvin picked up his 19th career win to tie Robbie Snow (1962-64) for fifth all-time, while making his 45th career start which is third all-time. He also moved into sixth all-time in strikeouts with 182 after fanning five which allowed him to pass Dean Kegler (1978-81) … Irvin has been the model of consistency in his three starts against Oregon State. In all three outings he has allowed just two runs in seven innings … He has allowed six, nine and seven hits while striking out three, five and five … He also has allowed no more than one walk in any of the three starts with none coming Friday … Packard’s fourth inning double was the 27th of his career, tying Tom Dodd (1977-79) for eighth all-time at Oregon. He added his 28th to lead off the sixth inning … Nogosek made his 80th career appearance, second all-time at Oregon, and picked up his 12th save which ranks fourth all-time … Susnara’s single in the sixth extended his hitting streak to nine games, matching the longest by a Duck in 2016 … Grebeck extended his hitting streak to seven games with a first-inning base hit.
On deck: The two teams will meet in game two of the Civil War series on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.