A number of records fell on Saturday afternoon as the Ducks were handed their second loss of the season.
Game 2 against UCSB was a duel that totaled only nine hits in 14 innings. The first and final run of the game came in the top of the final inning, nearly four hours after the first pitch.
Matt Krook was the standout performer. The redshirt sophomore threw six no-hit innings, breaking his career high for strikeouts (12). Krook showed some weakness as well, though, walking only one but hitting four. He hit seven through eight appearances as a freshman.
Michael McAdoo broke up the team no-hitter with two outs in the seventh when he dropped a single down the right field line with two outs.
“I was getting tired of free base runners,” head coach George Horton explained after the game, “I didn’t try to get tricky to pitch the no hitter.”
Horton got a thorough look at what he has to work with this season; he used six relievers to throw 13 shut-out innings before Cooper Stiles slipped up in the 14th, giving up the winning run.
The side-armer had an “uncharacteristic” night. He hit two of the five batters he faced and recorded a single out before Isaiah Carranza was called on to stop the bleeding.
The defense that woke up last night came to play again as Austin Grebeck picked up his sixth and seventh career assists from the outfield. He bounced a one hopper to Tim Susnara who finished the play, tagging out a leaping JJ Muno at the plate in the top of the 10th.
Grebeck’s second highlight came when he started a double play in the 14th, after putting out an easy fly ball, he cut off Joseph Hamilton trying to tag up from third; caught in a pickle, Susnara threw him out at third to end the inning.
The damage was done however and the Ducks’ 2-3-4 hitters went down in order to end the game.
The Ducks will look to take Game 3 tomorrow at noon. David Peterson (1-0, 1.69 ERA) is set to face Joe Record (1-0, 1.38 ERA)
Top Photo by Dave Peaks
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