EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon took the series opener on Friday night against Florida Atlantic University baseball in a pitcher’s duel, denying the Owls the tying run in each of the last two innings in a 2-1 game.
“I thought it was a fantastic baseball game,” said Head Coach John McCormack. “Oregon came as advertised, a really good defensive team that can pitch and do enough offensively. I thought that our guys really played well, we had some opportunities. We have to be able to put the ball in play and capitalize on one or two more things. Offensively, we’re not quite where we need to be, but we’ll get there. We’ll be back at it tomorrow and go from there.”
The Turning Point
Already leading 1-0, the Ducks (6-2) added a much-needed second run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh on a wild pitch. That proved necessary when in the next half-inning, Cody Wilson singled, and came all the way around on an RBI double to left-center by Andru Summerall. He would go to third on a sacrifice bunt, and Tyler Frank was hit by a pitch and stole second, but UO’s reliever Parker Kelly retired the next two batters to preserve the one-run lead.
FAU (7-2) starter Jake Miednik finished out the eighth inning by striking out Ryne Nelson, also with runners at second and third, to keep it at 2-1. Down to their last out in the top of the ninth, two Owls' hitters, Gunnar Lambert and Wilson, walked. With pinch-runner Richie Nizza representing the tying run at second, Oregon second baseman Kyle Kasser ranged deep in the hole towards first to field a grounder off the bat of Summerall and throw him out to save the game.
- Summerall’s double was his first collegiate extra-base hit and RBI
- Wilson and David Miranda each reached twice, both notching a single and a walk
- Frank had the team’s other hit, a single in the third
- Pedro Pages saw his five-game hitting streak snapped, with two would-be base hits taken away from him on sterling defensive plays
- Miednik took the tough-luck loss, scattering six hits while pitching all eight innings
- He walked just one and struck out four, needing just 97 pitches for the complete game effort
The Owls and Ducks face off for game two of the four-game set Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. EST. Kyle Marman will go for FAU against UO’s Cole Stringer.