EUGENE, Ore. – On his 21st birthday, Kyle Marman celebrated in style by throwing seven shutout innings and striking out 11 Oregon Ducks, combining with reliever Mark Nowatnick to even up the road series with a 5-0 win.
“That is some performance on your 21st birthday,” said Head Coach John McCormack of Marman. “He did a really nice job and then the offense did what it needed to do. We’ve been preaching hard groundballs and line drives. You get two walks and four hits in a row, 4-0, and Tyler tacks on the home run to make it 5-0, which is a huge feat in this park. Nowatnick threw two nice innings, and it begins and ends on the mound. Those guys did a fantastic job, the series is tied, and we’re in it to win it.”
The Turning Point
Through 3 1/3 innings, UO (6-3) starter Cole Stringer had allowed only one FAU (8-2) hit in a scoreless game. But after walking David Miranda and Pedro Pages, the wheels fell off, with four consecutive Owl hits scoring four runs. Cody Wilson singled in Miranda, Joe Montes singled to load the bases, and Andru Summerall plated two with a double down the rightfield line. Kevin Abraham ended the scoring with an RBI single off reliever Hunter Breault for a 4-0 lead.
Marman notched two strikeouts in the fifth, stranding two, left two more on in the sixth, and struck out the side in a 1-2-3 seventh. He scattered eight hits, walking just one batter and striking out 11 total Ducks. The Owls’ last run came in the eighth courtesy of the first home run of the season by Tyler Frank, and to close it out, Nowatnick faced just one batter over the minimum in two scoreless innings for the team’s second shutout of the year.
- Frank and Summerall each had two hits
- Summerall has gone 3-for-8 in the series, and Frank has nine hits in his last 17 at-bats to raise his batting average 220 points
- Eight of the nine Owls’ starters reached base at least once
- Marman notched his second straight game with double-digit K’s and has lowered his season ERA to 0.46 (one earned run in 19 2/3 innings)
- Combined with Nowatnick’s two punchouts, the duo struck out 13 against just one walk and Owls’ pitchers in the series have a 17-to-2 K/BB ratio and a 1.06 ERA
Game three on Sunday is another 5 p.m. EST start at PK Park, as Vince Coletti goes for FAU against the Ducks’ James Acuna.