Ducks Sweep UC-Irvine

The Oregon Ducks completed a weekend sweep of the UC-Irvine Anteaters Sunday afternoon with a 7-2 win at PK Park.

Junior David Peterson (7-1) once again turned in an impressive outing in Friday’s opener, striking out eleven and allowing a single run on five hits in six innings of work. Getting outs with an economy of pitches has been Peterson’s stock in trade this year and he was true to form tossing eighty four pitches without a walk to pick up his seventh consecutive victory.

The Ducks scored early and often, opening with a three run first and adding six more by the end of the fifth to lay claim to the opener.

Saturday’s 6-3 victory was number 800 in the career of head coach George Horton. Catcher Tim Susnara’s seventh inning two-run bomb iced what was a 4-3 game after the Ducks had opened a four run lead in the game’s first two innings.

Matt Mercer (5-1) picked up the win with five innings of work, yielding four hits and three runs. Four bases on balls and a wild pitch didn’t help his cause and it was left to Connor Zwetsch and Kenyon Yovan to combine for four innings of shutout work to secure Horton’s milestone.

The Anteaters took advantage of an error to plate a pair of unearned runs in the first inning against Oregon’s  Isaiah Carranza in Sunday’s finale.

The left-handed hitting Susnara halved the lead in the second with an inside-out swing on a pitch up in the strike zone, sending a shot off the left field wall that caromed into no-man’s-land for an inside the park home run, Sunsara’s second round-tripper of the series.

Gabe Matthews’ RBI single in the fourth tied the game at two and Kyle Kasser’s fifth inning single gave the Ducks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Meanwhile, Carranza settled in to hold the Anteaters in check en route to his second win of the season, surrendering seven hits but only the two unearned runs with a trio of strikeouts and a walk. James Acuna, Cooper Stiles and Warren Brac each pitched a shutout inning to shut the door on the sweep.

21-8 on the year, the Ducks will host the Portland Pilots on Tuesday at 6:00 pm at PK Park before returning to conference play with a three game series in Tucson against the Arizona Wildcats. Oregon returns home to face Stanford on Friday, April 21 at 6:00 pm.

~ Rick Morgan

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