Ducks win an exchange of blows against San Jose State

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  • Box Score: # 11 Oregon 11, San Jose State 7

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04/28/2021 | 12.00

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EUGENE – Anthony Hall had three hits and drove in four runs, while Eugene-born Sam Olsson completed his first home run of his career to lead Oregon to an 11-7 win over San Jose State at PK Park on Tuesday.

The Ducks won for the 13th time in 16 games in April, eight of them in their last 11 games.

How it happened: The Ducks (25-9) fell behind early while the Spartans (4-11) scored one run in the second and two in the third to build a 3-0 lead.

The Ducks countered with a third and fourth run with five runs, while the state of San Jose took a 9-5 lead in Oregon in both the fourth and fifth.

After an out in the third round, Gavin Grant scored a goal and Tanner Smith walked to set the table for Hall’s first two RBIs. The Ducks midfielder laced a triple into the gap in the center right and scored both runners to pull the Ducks within one run. Kenyon Yovan linked it to an RBI while encountering a throwing error from SJSU shortstop Ruben Mercado.

Aaron Zavala gave the Ducks the lead at Yovan with a triple in the right corner of the field before scoring a goal with a Josh Kasevich sacrificial flight to complete the five-time rally.

The Spartans shortened the lead to one in the top of the fourth, but the Ducks responded with four runs to increase the lead to 9-4.

After a single from Sam Novitske, Olsson drew a 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for a homer with two runs to give the Ducks a three run lead over his former team.

Grant followed with a double, finished third on an obstacle and scored 8-4 on a wild field. Smith walked for the second time and finished second when Yovan was unlucky and third on a Zavala walk before he got up Kasevich’s second victim fly of the game hit.

SJSU added a run in the top of the fifth on a Ruben Ibarra home run, the final run being scored by the end of the eighth run.

The ducks pinned two on their final stroke to increase the lead to 11-5. Olsson took the inning for a walk before Jack Haley ran after the duck catcher.

Haley moved up to third due to a throwing error by SJSU third base player Theo Hardy, who threw the ball away and tried to double Haley after Grant finished third. Haley moved up to third place due to the mistake and hit on a two-part Hall single along with Smith, who was leaving for the third time to get on the base.

San Jose state beat two runs in ninth place, but Ducks’ reliever Andrew Mosiello had no problem loading the bases with a strikeout to end the game.

Box Score Notes: Smith hit a career high with four RBIs, joining the four he had in Arizona on March 28. Hall had his fourth multi-RBI game of the season and the seventh of his career. His three goals gave him five multi-hit games the season and eight in his career … Kasevich had his seventh multi-RBI game of the season and the eighth of his career … Smith’s three walks joined his career on April 13, 2019 in the US Washington State … Gabe Matthews was hit by two pitches in the game, raising his career to 40, allowing him to overtake Spencer Steer (2017-19) and Mitchell Tolman (2013-15) for a second time in Oregon. Isaac Ayon took his first career win. True freshman Rio Britton fanned a career high four batters in two innings of work.

On board: Oregon and San Jose State will meet at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday for the second game of their two-game series during the week. Peyton Fuller (1-0, 2.89) starts for the Ducks and performs for the first time since March 5th at UC Santa Barbara.

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