May 17, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon fueled its biggest offensive output of the season with its biggest inning of the year in the first, Austin Grebeck set the single-season runs record and George Horton was honored for his 1,000th career-win as the Ducks routed Portland, 15-4, on Tuesday night at PK Park.
How It Happened: Oregon (26-22) jumped on the Pilots from the get-go, scoring eight runs on eight hits and a Portland error in the first inning. A.J. Balta opened the scoring with a RBI double to right, and was followed by a RBI single by Jake Bennett. Steven Packard picked up an RBI on a groundout, and Daniel Patzlaff followed suit with an RBI knock of his own. Carson Breshears reached on an infield single, and an error on the play allowed another run to score. Travis Moniot made it 6-0 with an RBI double to left, turning the lineup over to Grebeck, who drove in a run with a single and came around to set the UO single-season runs record with his 51st run scored, and second of the inning, on a Kyle Kasser single to make it 8-0.
The Ducks added runs in the next two innings to push their lead to 11-0. Packard led off the second with a double to right, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Breshears. In the third, Grebeck and Kasser opened the inning with a single and a double, respectively, and Balta drove them both in with a ground-rule double down the right-field line.
Portland (17-34) got on the board in the fourth on an infield single after a hit-by-pitch, a walk and wild pitch started the inning. Catcher Cooper Hummel made it 11-2 in the sixth with a solo home run to right.
Oregon got its offense going again in the seventh, striking for four runs highlighted by a three-run home run by Breshears, the first of his career. Breshears teed off with Patzlaff and Catalano aboard after Catalano drove in the first run of the inning with a double to left. Portland picked up two runs in the ninth on Hummel’s second home run of the night and a RBI bloop single to center.
Johnny All-Staff : Oregon went with an all-bullpen day against the Pilots, with eight pitchers combining to allow four runs on six hits. Matt Krook (4-3) started the game with two scoreless innings, striking out two while allowing just one hit. Cooper Stiles followed with a scoreless third, and Connor Zwetsch allowed a run on a hit with two punchouts in the fourth. Freshman Parker Kelly threw a scoreless fifth before Jack Karraker gave up a run on a hit in the sixth. Cole Stringer retired the side quickly in the seventh, and Brac Warren was dominant in the eighth, striking out the side in a perfect inning. Kyle Robeniol closed out the game, allowing two runs on three hits in the ninth.
Box Score Notes: Nine Ducks checked in with at least one hit and one RBI, while four had multiple hits and two drove in multiple runs … Breshears’ had a career-day with two hits and four RBI, including home run No. 1 … Grebeck finished 3-for-3 with a career-high three walks, three runs and an RBI, reaching base six times … Kasser tied career-highs with three hits and two runs … Balta was 3-for-4 with three RBI before leaving for a defensive replacement in the sixth … Bennett, Packard, Catalano, Patzlaff and Moniot each finished with a hit and an RBI.
Record Book Rampage: The Ducks’ eight hits in the first were the most in an inning in program history, while their 12 at-bats tied the single-game record … Oregon’s 15 runs on 16 hits were both season-highs … In addition to setting the single-season runs record, Grebeck moved into third for most walks in single-season history (38), and fourth on the all-time list (83). He also moved into a tie for ninth all-time with 96 runs scored in his career … Balta’s three RBI gives him 46 on the season, tied for fourth, and his 15th multiple-RBI game of the year is just one off the single-season record while his 21st career multiple-RBI game is fourth in school history. … Packard’s second-inning double tied him for seventh on the all-time list with 27 career two-baggers … Horton was presented with a commemorative jersey before the game for his 1,000th win, which he recorded last week.
Ducks Win Suspended Game: The Ducks and Pilots finally finished their halted game from April 13 in Hillsboro, in which the Ducks led 3-1 heading to the ninth. The game was resumed prior to the regularly scheduled game, and the Ducks extended their lead to 6-1 before closing out the win. Oregon picked up its first of three runs in the ninth on a balk. Susnara drove in a run with a double, and Moniot capped the inning with a run-scoring bunt single. Isaiah Carranza threw a perfect ninth to end it.
On Deck: Oregon hosts Arizona this weekend in a crucial Pac-12 series, with the Ducks just three games behind first-place Utah. Game one is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday and will be aired on Pac-12 Networks.