The Oregon Ducks baseball team closed out a series sweep of visiting St. John’s University in exciting fashion at PK Park Sunday afternoon after senior catcher Shaun Chase went yard with a two-run home run to help Oregon win, 8-6.
The Ducks improve to 13-2 overall, weathering a late Red Storm offensive surge that had tied the game 6-6 by the bottom of the eighth inning.
Chase, one of fifty players on the national USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list, currently leads the team with three home runs this season and finished today’s game batting 3-for-4, with a single, triple, and a home run.
The series kicked off Friday night with a 12 inning thrill-ride that ended with Oregon’s Matt Eureste capitalizing off a late game error by St. John shortstop Jarred Mederos and scoring the final run to give the Ducks a 4-3 win.
Saturday’s game was all about the Ducks’ towering freshman southpaw pitcher, David Peterson, who pitched seven shutout innings and allowed only two runs in the eighth.
And it was the Oregon bats did the rest of the talking with an Austin Grebeck solo home run, a two-RBI single by Brandon Cuddy, and an RBI single by Phil Craig-St. Louis.
However, it was the perfect hitting performance from Pac-12 All-Conference second baseman and preseason All-American Mitchell Tolman, who was 4-for-4 with an RBI, double, and his seventh career triple that were the nails in St. John’s coffin.
Sunday afternoon, the Ducks got off to a slow start, trailing 2-0 early. But Oregon’s offense didn’t stay dormant for long, tying the game 2-2 by the end of the fifth and ripping off four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead.
St. John ignited a four-run rally in the seventh and eighth innings off of Ducks’ reliever Trent Paddon to deadlock the game before Chase sent the Red Storm packing by rocketing a pill over the left field fence for the game winner.
The Ducks continue their five game home field set at PK Park against San Francisco on Tuesday, March 10th at 6 pm before their first conference game at California on Friday, March 13th.
Top photo by Dave Peaks