Ducks crush Wolf Pack, 16-2
For the Nevada Appeal
This one was never in doubt.
The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team suffered its most one-sided loss in nearly three years on Friday night, falling to the Oregon Ducks, 16-2, in Eugene, Ore. It is the Pack’s biggest loss since a 17-2 setback at San Francisco on April 17, 2007.
The Wolf Pack fell to 10-7 with the loss and Oregon, which has now won seven of its last eight, improved to 13-6.
Oregon, which finished 14-42 last year after bringing the baseball program back for the first time since 1981, set two school records in the win over the Pack. The 16 runs are the most for the Ducks since they brought baseball back and the 14-run margin of victory is also their largest since reviving the sport.
The Ducks took a 12-0 lead after just three innings.
Tyler Graham, making his first start of the year for the Pack, allowed nine runs (eight earned) and nine hits in just 2.1 innings. Graham, who had appeared in five games in relief this season, started one game for the Pack a year ago in 23 appearances. In his one start last year, he allowed five hits and four runs in 4.2 innings in a 7-6 Pack victory over Sacramento State on May 10.
Graham’s record fell to 1-3 this year. The 6-foot-4 senior righthander has now picked up either a victory, loss or save (two) in each of his six appearances this year.
Oregon left-hander Tyler Anderson picked up the victory and is now 4-1 this year. Anderson, a sophomore from Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas, allowed just two runs and five hits in seven innings. The 6-foot-4 Anderson, who brought a 16.1-inning scoreless streak into the game, extended his streak to 22 innings before allowing a run in the sixth with two outs.
Anderson, who was a 50th-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2008, has now allowed just six earned runs in 33.1 innings this year for a 1.62 earned run average over five starts. He has struck out 36 hitters and walked 10 while allowing just 23 hits.
Anderson has now allowed just three runs over his last 28 innings and four starts for a 0.96 ERA. He went eight innings against both Fresno State (March 5) and Seattle (March 12) without allowing a run in either start. He also gave up just one earned run in five innings against Hawaii on Feb. 25.
Oregon first baseman Jack Marder gave Anderson all of the support he needed and then some against the Pack. Marder drove in eight runs on three hits, including his second home run of the year, a three-run shot in the seventh.
Marder, a 6-foot freshman who was drafted in the 30th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009, came into the game with a .200 average (12-for-60) and just three RBI.
The Wolf Pack broke Anderson’s scoreless streak with a gift run in the sixth. Westley Moss walked with one out and went to second on a wild pitch. Moss then went to third on a groundout by Shaun Kort and scored on another Anderson wild pitch.
The second Pack run crossed the plate in the seventh as Garrett Yrigoyen drove home Kort with a one-out double. Kort, who had two hits, led off the inning with a single.
Kort also singled in the second but was picked off first by Anderson.
Beau Witsoe did a nice job for the Pack in relief of Graham, eating up innings and saving the Pack bullpen some wear and tear. Witsoe allowed seven runs (just three earned) in 5.2 innings.
The 16 runs are the most the Pack has allowed since they were beaten 17-14 at Louisiana Tech on April 5, 2009.
Former Wolf Pack shortstop Jay Uhlman (1995-97) is now an assistant coach for the Ducks. Uhlman was a Pack assistant coach for the past eight seasons.
Oregon, which split four games at Peccole Park last season, is now 5-2 at home this season. The four-game series will continue on Saturday with a noon doubleheader. The games can be heard in northern Nevada on 1450-AM.