May 14, 2016
Corvallis, Ore. – Oregon committed four errors and failed to capitalize on multiple scoring opportunities as Oregon State took game two of the Civil War series, 6-3, on Saturday night at Goss Stadium.
How It Happened: Daniel Patzlaff gave Oregon (23-22, 11-12 Pac-12) an early lead in the second with his first-career home run, a two-run shot to left field after Jake Bennett opened the inning with a single.
Oregon State (30-17, 11-12 Pac-12) surged ahead in the bottom of the third, striking for four runs on two hits and a pair of Oregon errors. After a leadoff walk, the Beavers got on the board on a fielding error by Carson Breshears, and built momentum from there. Logan Ice followed the error with a double to right-center, and K.J. Harrison sent the first pitch he saw from Oregon starter David Peterson (3-4) well over the left-field wall for a three-run home run to put Oregon State on top, 4-2.
Kyle Kasser got the Ducks within a run in the fourth, scoring Patzlaff with a sacrifice fly to left after a base hit, an error and a walk loaded the bases. The Ducks were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the next two innings, and Oregon State carried a 4-3 lead into the seventh.
Oregon’s defense faltered again in the bottom of the seventh, as the Beavers picked up two runs on no hits and two Ducks’ errors to extend their lead to 6-3. Right-hander Bryce Fehmel was dominant for the Beavers in relief, allowing just one walk with six strikeouts over 3.1 hitless innings to secure the Oregon State victory.
Too Many Ducks Left on the Pond: The Ducks were not without scoring opportunities, as they left 12 men on base against the Beavers. Oregon got just the one run on the Kasser sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, and left the bases loaded in both the fifth and the sixth. The Ducks left multiple runners on base in five different innings, and were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Peterson Battles Through 6.2: Aside from Harrison’s three-run home run and a lack of help from his defense, Peterson gave the Ducks a quality start and a chance to win. Peterson allowed six runs, just three earned, on only three hits with six strikeouts while working into the seventh. The sophomore left-hander faced the minimum in three of his innings, and surrendered base hits in only two innings. Peterson did walk five and hit three batters, but likely would have worked around those runners if not for some misplayed balls behind him.
Notable: Austin Grebeck moved into a tie for fifth in UO single-season history with his 33rd walk of the season in the fourth … Patzlaff finished 2-for-3 and is now 5-for-10 (.500) with a home run, six RBI and five runs scored against Oregon State this season … A.J. Balta made a tremendous defensive play in the fifth, robbing Harrison of what would have been his second home run of the game with a leaping catch at the top of the left-field wall … Bennett finished 2-for-3 with a double to raise his average to .330.
On Deck: The Ducks and Beavers will face off in the rubber match of the three-game Civil War series on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be aired on Pac-12 Networks.