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Saturday was a fantastic day at the Autzen Stadium Complex today! Following the debut of the 2013-14 Oregon football team, the Oregon baseball team came through with yet another definitive victory. After putting together the best nine innings the Ducks have assembled all season on Friday night against Stanford’s Mark Appel, the Ducks put together another solid performance en route to a 6-4 victory over #21 Stanford.
The Oregon attack was spearheaded by the Duck slugger Ryon Healy. The first-baseman has been on a tear all season and has become one of the most dangerous hitters in the conference. Against the Cardinal on Saturday, Healy launched two 2-RBI home runs totaling up four RBIs on the day. The offense Healy contributed pushed across Oregon’s first and last runs of the day, effectively burying the Cardinal singlehandedly.
His two home run day marks the second time an Oregon batter has accomplished the feat in the past month. Scott Heineman reached the milestone against Cal just a few weeks ago.
Brett Thomas scored on both of Healy’s home runs, and added an RBI in his solid 2-4 performance to round out the top of the lineup. With the exception of a few setbacks here and there, the Oregon offense has been on a real upward trend over the past few weeks and has developed into a solid component of an elite squad. It really was just a matter of time before the weather, and the bats, improved.
Cole Irvin (8-2) was as spectacular as ever, keeping his team in the game and setting up the ace closer Jimmie Sherfy for the final two innings. Irvin did allow four runs off of ten hits; but again, Irvin left his team with the lead, and handed his bullpen a comfortable situation to work with. Sherfy was automatic yet again, earning a six out save (his 14th) thanks to a pair of strikeout, and just one hit allowed.
The Ducks have officially bounced back from their disappointing weekend against UCLA in earning a solid series victory over a premier conference opponent. Oregon can further solidify their spot at the top of the conference by completing the sweep of Stanford on Sunday. The Ducks will have the solid arm of Jake Reed (5-3) on the hill in game three.