The No. 20 Oregon baseball team didn’t need a late rally to overcome New Mexico State Saturday afternoon, defeating the visiting Aggies in a 22-7 romp at PK Park, and improving to 6-1 overall. NMSU remains winless, falling to 0-7 on the season.
Oregon’s impressive offensive display nearly broke the record books, as the Ducks’ 22 runs scored were one shy of the school’s 1974 record of 23 runs against Portland State.
— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) February 21, 2015
In an unusual start to the third of a four game series with New Mexico State, Oregon’s starting pitcher Trent Paddon opened the first inning by hitting the first three batters and walking the fourth, Quinnton Mack, giving the Aggies a run without a single hit. A sacrifice fly by Cameron Haskins put the Aggies on top, 2-0, by the end of the first inning.
In the second inning, the Oregon bats started to heat up with a double by Phil Craig-St. Louis Runs brought in Brandon Cuddy. In the third inning, Oregon third baseman Matt Eureste scored on a double by Mitchell Tolman, tying the game 2-2.
It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Ducks’ guerrilla-style offense, air tight defense, and small ball tactics cracked the game wide open. Oregon capitalized on four Aggies errors to score four runs, jumping out to a 6-2 lead.
While Oregon’s bats remained red hot throughout the game, it was Oregon’s solid defense that secured the win, holding the Aggies to six scoreless innings. NMSU struggled in the field and gave up six errors. The Ducks finished the game without a single fielding error.
— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) February 22, 2015
The Ducks had multiple runs in five innings and scored at least one run in every inning with the exception of the first. Nearly every player on Oregon’s bench contributed to the Ducks’ relentless offensive attack, totaling 17 hits from nine different players.
Eureste and outfielder Austin Grebeck led the Ducks in offense, both with three runs, four hits, and five RBI’s. Preseason All-American Tolman had a double and two RBIs.
Former Sheldon high school pitcher and Oregon reliever Cooper Stiles gave up seven hits and three runs in the top of the seventh inning but eventually help give Paddon his first win.
The Ducks seek to sweep the four-game series against the Aggies tomorrow, February 22nd, at 12 P.M. at Pk Park.
Top photo by Dave Peaks