Monday, June 03, 2013
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
■ George Horton and a few of the players talk about the two wins yesterday that keeps them alive for the Eugene Regional.
■ Oregon (48-15) forced the “if necessary” game on Monday night at 6 p.m. at PK Park against Rice (43-18) with the winner advancing to the NCAA Super Regional next weekend against North Carolina State.
■ Paul Buker details the spectacular pitching performances that has propelled Oregon to the last two wins.
It was standing-ovation good Sunday at sparsely-occupied PK Park to set up Monday's winner-take-all game against Rice.
Cue the ringing applause: First, true freshman left-hander Cole Irvin went nine impressive innings in a 6-1 loser-out victory over the University of San Francisco.
Next, lanky junior right-hander Jeff Gold stepped up first, shutting down Rice for five innings, allowing just two hits.
The aspiring rapper was lights out, striking out the side in the fourth – all swinging – and rarely allowing the Owls to make good contact.
Then it was senior right-hander Darrell Hunter’s turn to come through big- time.
Hunter retired nine straight Rice batters through the sixth, seventh, and eighth before sophomore left-hander Jordan Spencer mopped up a resounding 11-0 win that proved there is indeed life in those suddenly booming Oregon bats.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:56 AM