June 2, 2012
CBI Live: #4 Austin Peay
1, #3 Indiana State 0
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Win One For The Skipper
EUGENE, Ore. –
battle with so many storylines, there was only one that Oregon
cared about, and that was beating Ducks coach George Horton's
former school, Cal State Fullerton . The Ducks, behind Alex
Keudell, topped the Titans 7-5 Saturday night to advance to the
Eugene Regional final.
kicked our butt in every aspect of the game," Fullerton coach
Rick Vanderhook said. "Their pitcher threw better strikes, they
played better defense, they took better at-bats, they executed,
they played a pretty perfect baseball game."
a win that meant so many things for No. 5 Oregon (44-17). Not
only did the Ducks beat their head coach’s former school, they
also continued their emergence as an elite team. And most
important they get a chance to win their first Regional and
advance to host a Super Regional.
Keudell (11-4) picked up the win after
giving up five runs on four hits in seven innings. The win made
Keudell the winningest pitcher in Ducks history with 23 and
added to his record for most wins in a season.
Payne led off the first with a base hit off Fullerton starter
Dylan Floro’s glove, then made his way all the way to third on a
botched pickoff by Floro. Payne slid into third with Matt
Chapman blocking the bag, but Chapman bobbled the ball and Payne
crawled in safely Aaron Jones followed all that excitement with
a hit-by-pitch and just like that, the Ducks had runners on the
corners with nobody out.
Healy brought home the first run with a groundout to third.
Brett Thomas brought home another run with a line drive to left
field, and Kyle Garlick followed that with a frozen rope into
the right-center gap for a triple that plated two more runs.
Ryan Hambright ended the big inning with a base hit to bring in
Garlick extending the lead to 4-0.
(10-4) wasn't as sharp as he usually is, giving up five earned
runs on 10 hits in seven innings. It didn't help that the Titans
made four errors.
an error; I didn't trust my fastball," said an emotional Floro,
"I gave up two errors, hit guys, walked guys. I was out of my
character. It wasn't my game."
Ducks came back for more in the second. After a one-out base hit
and stolen base by Jones, Healy's base hit up the middle gave
the Ducks a 5-0 lead.
Fullerton (36-20) got something going in the third after a
leadoff double by J.D Davis and a walk by Anthony Trajano. With
nobody out, Jared Deacon moved the runners over with the
sacrifice bunt. Keudell got Richy Pedroza to hit a nubber back
to the mound, which kept the runners at bay with the second out.
Ivory Thomas followed with a walk to load the bases, but Carlos
Lopez, the Titans’ No. 3 hitter, grounded out to Healy at first.
Ducks continued to add to their lead in the fourth as Jones
scored J.J. Altobelli on a sac fly to right. Oregon left Healy
and Payne on base, but extended its lead to 6-0.
Titans, though, fought right back with a five-run fifth.
was hit to lead off the inning, Trajano followed with a base hit
and Deacon also was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with no
outs. Pedroza came through with an RBI single, but Deacon was
caught trying to advance to third when Trajano stopped at third.
one down, Thomas put across another with a ground out. Lopez
walked and Michael Lorenzen launched a towering fly ball that
stayed just inside the right-field foul pole for a three-run
action died down until the eighth, when Oregon’s Ryan Hambright
reached on an error and scored on an Altobelli groundout. The
extra run proved to be a pivotal extra cushion for the Ducks.
Sherfy threw the final two innings, allowing one hit and
striking out two to pick up his 18th save.
The Ducks had a better offensive day at the
plate, and Healy especially hit the ball better.. Horton and
Healy both jokingly said that it was Horton's granddaughter's
fault for Healy's bad game yesterday because she didn't write
Healy's number on her hand. Today she wrote both Horton and
Healy's numbers on her hand, so the Ducks have Samantha Cook to
thank for the win.