Ducks' landmark season ends in defeat
EUGENE — Arizona completed a series sweep of Oregon with a 5-2 victory at PK Park on Sunday as the Ducks' first season in 28 years came to a close.
For the fourth consecutive game, Oregon (14-42, 4-23 Pac-10 Conference) led first but couldn't hold on.
The Ducks were ahead 1-0 after the first inning, when Kenny Bartz extended his hitting streak to five games by leading with a single up the middle. Danny Pulfer worked a walk, and Curtis Raulinaitis moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Antony Kreitz's fielder's choice scored Bartz.
Arizona evened the score in the third when Dillon Baird singled in Dwight Childs, who led off the inning being hit by a pitch.
The Wildcats broke the tie in the sixth when Childs lifted a two-run single over the head of Raulinaitis in left field, scoring Bobby Coyle and Steve Selsky.
Baird added insurance runs for Arizona (30-25, 13-14) with home runs in the seventh and ninth innings.
The Ducks had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth after Arizona closer Jason Stoffel issued back-to-back two-out walks to Bartz and Pulfer. But Raulinaitis flew out to end the inning.
Oregon threatened again in the ninth after Kreitz led off with a double to center field. Caleb Tommasini's fielder's choice scored Kreitz, but with two outs, Andrew Schmidt popped up to second to end the game.
Baird finished his day 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. The Ducks were led by Raulinaitis' 2-for-3 performance.
Daniel Workman (3-1) pitched 51/3 innings in the win for Arizona, holding the Ducks to one run on three hits while striking out three. Stoffel earned his 11th save, pitching the final two innings and allowing one run on one hit.
Alex Keudell (0-6) took the loss for the Ducks after allowing three runs on five hits in 21/3 innings of relief for starter Drew Gagnier.
Gagnier, normally a closer, lasted 42/3 innings in his only start of the season, allowing one run on two hits and five walks while dealing four strikeouts.
Zack Thornton pitched the game's final two innings for Oregon, allowing one run on one hit.