23 combined runs on 29 combined hits.
These are just a few of the numbers that emerge from Oregon’s 13-10 victory in Eugene Regional’s opener against Central Connecticut State.Kenyon yovan and Antoine room had the hot sticks for the Ducks on Friday afternoon, each hitting a pair of home runs.
Yovan started the party early, shooting a two-run homerun to center-left from Blue Devils starting pitcher Brandon Fox, scoring his 15th this year, breaking the previous single-season homerun record.
It didn’t take long for Hall to get his first shot, a screaming solo homerun to right field to give his team a 3-0 lead late in the second.
The Ducks scored two runs in each of the first three innings, with Aaron Zavala scoring on the choice of a defensive player in the home half of the third. Yovan hit the second of his two home runs, an imposing shot that traveled over 400 feet and broke through the center wall of the field.
Cullen kafka got the go-ahead up the hill for the Ducks in what would turn into a tough outing. His day ended after just three and two-thirds of innings of work, allowing four earned runs on nine hits, while striking out two batters and walking one.
Central Connecticut State threw their sticks in the third inning, thanks to Noah Martinez, who scored on the right side to bring Dan Covino home. The Blue Devils were set to win another round in the third when Sam Loda made a no-out double play.
Oregon’s best inning at home came in the fifth, when the Ducks scored four runs. Anthony Hall’s second home run did most of the damage, a three-point field bomb from Tim Buchek of CCSU.
2021 Pac-12 Player of the Year Aaron Zavala refused to be ruled out from the offensive fireworks display, throwing his own home run over the center court fence late in the sixth inning.
Despite such an impressive offensive performance, it wouldn’t be an unforgettable game for the Oregon pitchers. The Blue Devils scored a run in three straight innings between third and fifth and were tough to stop until the Ducks came on. Isaac iyon to try to slow things down.
He helped the Ducks out of the fifth and didn’t allow a run in the sixth, but CCSU didn’t go without a fight despite being 11-6 behind.
The Blue Devils used four different pitchers, bringing in a two-way player Peyton stephens to throw in sixth to spell Dominic Niman. Heading into Friday’s game, Stephens had pitched just seven innings this year.
In what may have been a surprising decision, Oregon head coach Mark Wasikowski pulled Iyon out after just one and a third innings and brought in British Rio in the seventh.
That’s when things got interesting, and fans were probably starting to sweat seeing the CCSU scoring four points and the Ducks’ five-point lead disappearing. With a score now 13-10, the Blue Devils still had a chance to shake things up.
Neither team scored after the seventh, and Oregon managed to hang on for a thrilling 13-10 victory. Despite the booming production of races, Oregon has gone much further in its enclosure than CCSU, deploying six front pitchers Kolby somers slammed the door and secured the victory.
Isaac Iyon was credited with the win and the Ducks will face the winner of Gonzaga vs LSU on Saturday at 7pm.
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