Kreitz helps Ducks end three-game skid

EUGENE — A three-run homer from redshirt freshman Antony Kreitz propelled Oregon to a 6-4 win over Sacramento State on Wednesday at PK Park, ending a three-game losing streak.

Kreitz hit his second round-tripper of the year in the bottom of the fifth, part of the Ducks' five-run inning, which gave them the lead for good.

Trailing 1-0 entering the fifth, Oregon sophomore Mitch Karraker knocked his team-leading sixth double of the season down the right-field line. The Ducks (10-12) starting catcher then crossed the plate on Andrew Schmidt's RBI-single to left center.

Sacramento State (12-9) reliever Chris Baek surrendered a second single to Danny Pulfer, putting two runners on before giving up Kreitz's second home run of the year over the left-field wall. Two more knocks for Oregon from Josh Hogan and Curtis Raulinaitis put the Ducks' fifth run of the inning across the plate before Baek was lifted for Brian Filice.

Behind 5-1, Sacramento State began to creep back into the game when preseason Baseball America Third Team All-American Tim Wheeler laced a solo shot over the right-field wall — 376 feet out — to lead off the sixth.

The Hornets added another two runs in the seventh when Wheeler again did damage with a two-run single into right center that allowed Hunter Martinez and Derrick Chung to come home for Sacramento State. Martinez struck out but reached base on a wild pitch, while Chung dropped a double just fair inside the left-field line, traveling all the way to the wall.

Ahead 5-4, Oregon added an insurance run in bottom of the seventh when Caleb Tommasini stroked a 3-0 pitch to center field, scoring Hogan, who had reached base after being hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.

The Ducks then brought in their relievers to keep Sacramento State scoreless in the game's final two innings.

Zack Thornton retired the side in order during the eighth, collecting two strikeouts, while Drew Gagnier pitched the ninth, striking out the side in order and picking up his fourth save of the season.

Oregon sophomore right-hander Blake Williams (1-0) earned his first victory this season pitching 22/3 innings in relief of starter Alex Keudell. Williams surrendered one run on four hits, while Keudell finished his second start of the year pitching three innings and allowing one run on three hits.

Baek took the loss for the Hornets allowing five runs on six hits in 12/3 innings.

Each team had nine hits on the day.

Raulinaitis and Pulfer led the Ducks with two hits apiece, while Hogan scored two of Oregon's runs.

Wheeler was 3-for-4 with four RBI for Sacramento State. Chung also added three hits for the Hornets and scored twice.

Oregon will now prep to start the Pac-10 Conference season, hosting Oregon State in the Civil War series this weekend. The series opener is set for 3 p.m., Friday at PK Park.

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