Palo Alto, California– Oregon pulled off the upset for the second week in a row as the Ducks opened up their series with No. 22 Stanford, knocking off the Cardinal 5-2 at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Friday night.
The Ducks (20-10, 3-4) will finish the series with the Cardinal (13-12, 3-4) tomorrow as the single game has been changed into a doubleheader with rain expected in the Bay Area on Sunday.
Another outstanding outing from left-hander Tyler Anderson set up Oregon’s series-opening victory. The Las Vegas native tossed five and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs – only one earned – on five hits and three walks while fanning four.
Sophomore Scott McGough came on and finished what Anderson started, holding Stanford scoreless for the final 3 and 1/3 innings and earning his third save of the season while saving the bullpen for the final two games of the series. The Pittsburgh native faced just one batter over the minimum, walking one, but holding Stanford hitless and dealing four strikeouts.
The victory marked the first time Oregon has ever won in Stanford, Calif., in eight previous attempts dating back to 1964.
Stanford took a 1-0 lead in the first after the inning was extended due to an Oregon error in left field when Marcus Piazissi dropped a line drive. Anderson had retired the first two batters of the inning, but Stephen Piscotty reached first on Piazzisi’s miscue. Jake Schlander then singled to right to put two runners on, and Kenny Diekroeger’s one-run single to center scored Piscotty from second unearned as the Cardinal took a 1-0 lead.
But the Ducks overcame their early one-run deficit in the third and never looked back.
Danny Pulfer’s first home run of his collegiate career put the Ducks ahead for good, 2-1, in the top of the third. The sophomore took Stanford starter Brian Busick’s 1-0 offering over the wall in left as the two-run shot plated KC Serna, who had doubled two at-bats earlier in the inning.
Serna finished his day 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Pulfer was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, a run scored and walk.
The Ducks added another run to take a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth after Jack Marder’s leadoff walk on five pitches from Busick paid dividends. Marder stole second and moved third on Ryan Hambright’s ground out, setting the table for J.J. Altobelli’s RBI double into left.
Another single spot in the sixth gave UO a 4-1 advantage. Busick issued Steven Packard a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning, before Busick’s night was ended and Chris Reed took over on the mound. A wild pitch moved Packard to second, and after retiring Marder, Reed surrendered a pinch-hit RBI single to Shawn Peterson as Packard slid under Zach Jones’ tag at the plate for Oregon’s fourth run of the game.
Stanford cut Oregon’s lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth after Anderson began to lose his command on the hill. The lefty walked three batters and allowed one run as Piscotty scored on Ben Clowe’s RBI single. McGough then took over on the hill with two outs and runners on first and second. The Pittsburgh native needed just two pitches to coax pinch-hitter Jonathan Kaskow to fly out to left.
Some insurance came Oregon’s way in the seventh after Reed issued a leadoff walk to Serna. A fielder’s choice miscue left runners on first and second, and the Cardinal replaced Reed with Dean McArdle before Pulfer’s sacrifice moved Serna to third and Piazzisi to second. The righty allowed Serna to score on a balk before retiring Rodriguez and Packard to escape the inning.
Oregon outhit Stanford 10-5, and the Cardinal pitching staff combined to issue four walks.
Busick (2-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks during his five innings of work.