SEATTLE — Oregon split a doubleheader with Washington Sunday at Husky Ballpark, winning the opener 6-4 in a dramatic 13-inning marathon before falling in the second game, 4-0, to drop the Pac-12 Conference series
In the first game, Braden Stutzman came through with a clutch two-out, two-run single in the top of the 13th inning to give Oregon the lead for good. Kenyon Yovan turned in a great effort on the mound, going 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts while Ryne Nelson picked up the win, throwing three innings with six strikeouts out of the bullpen.
Stutzman came up with the bases loaded in the 13th inning after Kyle Kasser, Gabe Matthews and Daniel Patzlaff all drew walks. He lined a 1-1 pitch to right center to plate Kasser and Matthews and pick up his first career game-winning hit.
Jakob Goldfarb put the Ducks (19-15, 6-9 Pac-12) on the board in the first inning with a two-out RBI single, scoring Kasser, who led off the game with a single.
The Huskies (17-15, 8-4 Pac-12) immediately answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first off Yovan. Joe Wainhouse looped a one-out single into left field to plate the run and tie the game before Yovan struck out the next two to limit the damage.
Jonny DeLuca came through with another two-out run-scoring single in the second inning, driving in Ryne Nelson from second to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Gabe Matthews launched his second home run of the series with a solo shot to right field to lead off the fifth inning and add to the Oregon lead.
Levi Jordan tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with an opposite-field two-run bomb to right field to chase Yovan. Jordan nearly went yard again in the bottom of the 10th, but Oregon left fielder Evan Williams robbed the potential walk-off home run with a leaping catch at the wall in left field.
DeLuca put the Ducks in front again in the 11th inning, smashing a go-ahead solo home run to right-center field to make it 4-3.
Washington came back and tied it in the bottom of the 11th off Nelson (1-1). A trio of walks loaded the bases with one out before a sacrifice fly by Jordan knotted it up at four. Nelson got a strikeout to end the inning and strand the potential winning run at third. The Ducks’ closer settled in over the next two innings, retiring six in a row with five strikeouts.
In game two, Washington starter Jordan Jones (4-3) kept the Ducks’ bats at bay in 5 1/3 innings of work with seven strikeouts and no walks. Josh Burgmann went the remaining 3 2/3, fanning four to earn the save.
The Huskies drew first blood, scoring a run on three consecutive two-out hits. Christian Jones doubled to left-center, Kaiser Weiss reached on an infield single and Braiden Ward drove in Jones with an RBI single. An RBI infield single in the bottom of the fifth chased UO starter Kolby Somers (1-5) and made it a 2-0 game.