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  • COLLEGE BASEBALL

    Home runs boost Ducks over Pilots

  • PORTLAND — Tyler Baumgartner hit one of three home runs by No. 13 Oregon as the Ducks rallied to beat Portland 11-7 in nonconference baseball at Joe Etzel Field on Tuesday.
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  • PORTLAND — Tyler Baumgartner hit one of three home runs by No. 13 Oregon as the Ducks rallied to beat Portland 11-7 in nonconference baseball at Joe Etzel Field on Tuesday.
    Baumgartner hit a three-run home run in the third inning, the first of his career, to right field to break a 3-3 tie and put Oregon (30-10) in front for good. Shaun Chase added a solo homer to left field three pitches later to make it 7-3.
    The back-to-back homers were the first consecutive home runs hit by Oregon players since baseball was reinstated for the 2009 season.
    Brett Thomas hit the Ducks' third home run to lead off the fourth after Portland (13-28) cut the lead to 7-6 in the bottom of the third.
    Thomas led six Ducks with multiple hits, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run. Baumgartner finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run. Chase was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while J.J. Altobelli went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Mitchell Tolman finished 2-for-5 with a pair of runs.
    Portland got on top of the Ducks early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Jeff Melby picked up an RBI single and then scored on a single by Brian Frattali.
    The Ducks came right back in the top of the second with three runs on four hits, all with two outs, to take a 3-2 lead.
    Chase started the rally with a single to left and moved to second on a single by Connor Hofmann. Altobelli drove in Chase with a single to center to cut the Pilots lead to 2-1.
    Thomas gave Oregon the lead with a two-run double, scoring Hofmann from third and Altobelli from second.
    Portland tied it in the bottom of the second, but Baumgartner and Chase gave the Ducks the lead back with the two homers.
    Oregon added single runs in the fifth and sixth while Portland scored a run in the fifth.
    The back end of the Ducks' bullpen shut the Pilots down, holding them scoreless over the final four innings.
    Jeff Gold didn't allow a run in the sixth after giving up an unearned run in the fifth. Darrell Hunter pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, allowing just one hit, and Jimmie Sherfy finished the game without allowing a runner in the ninth.
    Cole Wiper (1-0) got the win despite allowing three runs in two innings. Zack Torson (0-6) took the loss, allowing seven runs in 2.1 innings on seven hits.
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