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  • COLLEGE BASEBALL

    Big first inning lifts Ducks to easy win

  • EUGENE — The first inning hasn't been kind to Portland against Oregon this season. The Ducks, who scored six runs in their first game against the Pilots on Feb. 25, put nine runs on the board Tuesday en route to a 15-10 nonconference win at PK Park.
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  • EUGENE — The first inning hasn't been kind to Portland against Oregon this season. The Ducks, who scored six runs in their first game against the Pilots on Feb. 25, put nine runs on the board Tuesday en route to a 15-10 nonconference win at PK Park.
    Oregon (23-10) sent 14 batters to the plate in the first, finishing with eight hits and two walks in the nine-run inning. Mitchell Tolman had a pair of RBI singles in the frame while Kyle Garlick drove in two runs with a double and Mark Karaviotis (single) and Aaron Payne (triple) each picked up an RBI with hits.
    The Ducks built their lead to 12-0 with three runs in the second on a two-run home run by Shaun Chase — his fourth — and an A.J. Balta sacrifice fly.
    Portland (7-26) answered with four runs in the third, before UO scored two more in the bottom of that inning to push the lead to 14-4. Tolman scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch and Austin Grebeck added an RBI single.
    Tolman, Payne, Grebeck and Mark Karaviotis all had two hits for Oregon, while Tolman, Garlick and Chase each had two RBIs.
    Stephen Nogosek (1-1) picked up the win for the Ducks, allowing two runs —none earned — on three hits in 32/3 innings of relief. Portland starter Austin Kelly (1-5) allowed seven earned runs on five hits in defeat.
    The Pilots and Ducks will complete a two-game home-and-home series this week day at Joe Etzel Field in Portland at 3 p.m.
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