BSB: Oregon refuses to go away, again, stages ninth inning comeback in 8-7 win

Ryan Kostecka

It’s becoming a trait for Oregon (10-4) baseball, a team that never quits and refuses to wilt. Less than 24 hours after staging a late comeback to stun Hawaii, the Ducks did it again on Sunday afternoon, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning to win 8-7.

Gabe Matthews started the rally in the ninth with a single before advancing to third on Jakob Goldfarb’s double, setting the stage for Aaron Zavala, who doubled to tie the game at 7.

Evan Williams then entered in place of Zavala as a pinch-runner and advanced to third after Cameron Campbell’s sacrifice fly. Tanner Smith then played hero for Oregon, singling to score Williams for the winning run.

Robert Ahlstrom, in his second inning of relief, threw a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the win and improve to 3-1 on the season.

The Ducks found themselves down 3-0 after three innings and 5-4 after five, with starter Cole Stringer getting roughed up over his 4.1 innings. He was tagged for five runs on eight hits with just one strikeout to three walks.

Luckily his offense woke up in the fifth inning, exploding for four runs in frame.

Zavala and Campbell started the scoring when they crossed home plate on an RBI fielder’s choice by Vinny Tosti, taking advantage of a Hawaii throwing error. Sam Novitske then socred another Kyle Froemke with another RBI’s fielder’s choice before Matthews doubled home the final run of fifth.

After the Warriors added two more runs in the sixth, the Ducks got one back in the seventh when Zavala drove in Jonny DeLuca with a sacrifice fly, setting the stage for Ahlstrom and the offense.

Matthews finished the day 4-for-5 with an RBI while Zavala went 2-for-4 with three RBI’s, as eight different players scored for the Ducks.

With the victory, the Ducks won the series 3-1 and now return back to the state of Oregon with a contest against Oregon State on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. from Corvallis.