Civil War Baseball: Ducks claim game one, Beavs tied with UCLA

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Danny Pulfer slides in with the first run of the game in the first inning.

EUGENE, Ore. – Ryan Dunn tallied two hits to pace the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball, but the Beavers dropped the opening game of the Civil War, 4-1, to Oregon Friday night at PK Park.

The loss, coupled with UCLA’s 10-3 victory at Arizona State, put the clubs into a tie for first place in the Pacific-10 Conference with identical 17-8 records.

The teams combined for just 10 hits on the night, coupled with 19 strikeouts.

Dunn paced the Beavers with his two hits, while Andrew Susac, Kavin Keyes and Parker Berberet had one each. Oregon was led offensively by Danny Pulfer, who had two hits.

Sam Gaviglio scattered four runs and four hits over 6 2/3 innings but took the loss to fall to 11-2 this season. The right-hander struck out six, giving him 102 on the year, making him the 10th pitcher in team history to record at least 100 in a season.

Tyler Anderson worked 7 1/3 innings for the Ducks to improve to 8-3 this season. He struck out 10 and allowed four hits and a run.

Berberet doubled home Dunn from first in the seventh to pull the Beavers (38-15 overall, 17-8 Pacific-10 Conference) to within one, 2-1. He, however, was stranded at second and the Ducks took a 4-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run by KC Serna.

Oregon (31-26-1, 9-16) scored its first run in the first when Pulfer doubled, and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly. UO made it 2-0 in the third when Aaron Jones reached on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice.

Oregon State and Oregon continue the series Saturday at PK Park. 

Duck write-up

EUGENE, Ore. – Tyler Anderson’s outing Friday night at PK Park couldn’t have been any sweeter.

In what is presumed to be his last appearance in an Oregon uniform at PK Park, Anderson pitched the Ducks (31-26-1) to a 4-1 victory over No. 6 Oregon State (38-15, 17-8) in the Civil War Series opener.

The junior left-hander held the Beavers to one run in seven and 1/3 innings, scattering four hits and fanning 10. He exited the game to a standing ovation after retiring pinch hitter Max Gordon in the top of the eighth.

With 10 strikeouts, Anderson (8-3) broke his own record, setting the UO single-season record with 114 strikeouts in 2011, and reaching 285 for his career. His 10 strikeouts also matched a career high against a Pac-10 opponent, and Friday night was his sixth start of the season with double-digit strikeouts. In addition, Anderson recorded his 12th quality start of the season.

Before Anderson’s exit, KC Serna gave the Ducks a three-run cushion in the bottom of the seventh, crushing a towering two-run homer to left field on Sam Gaviglio’s 1-1 delivery. It was Serna’s second round tripper of the season and the 10th of his career.

Gaviglio (11-2) took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter in six and 2/3 innings on the hill. It was the junior right-hander’s first loss since April 1 at Arizona.

Oregon took a one-run lead in the bottom of the first as Danny Pulfer led things off with a double to left center. He was sacrificed to third by Brett Thomas before scoring on Aaron Jones’ sacrifice fly.

Pulfer’s double extended his hitting streak to 12 games, matching an Oregon program record he set earlier this season. His 16 doubles this season are a new Oregon single-season record, and his 31 career doubles are also an Oregon program record.

The Ducks added a run in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead as the Ducks loaded the bases on two infield hits and a hit batter. Jones’ beat out a would-be double play as his fielder’s choice scored J.J Altobelli.

Altobelli led off the third with a single up the middle that was aided by a deflection off the mound. He moved to third on a hit and error, as Pulfer’s infield single pulled OSU first baseman Parker Berberet off the bag as the Beavers failed to cover first in time for the out. A throwing error on Berberet then allowed Altobelli to move to third as OSU second baseman Tyler Smith couldn’t get to the bag in time. Gaviglio plunked Thomas to load the bases for Jones.

Jones finished the game 0-for-3 but drove in two runs, as he continues to lead the Ducks with 33 RBIs in 2011. His 33 RBIs matches the freshman record shared by Jack Marder and Altobelli from a season ago.

Pulfer led the Ducks with a 2-for-4 performance, while Ryan Dunn had a 2-for-4 effort for OSU.

Dunn scored the Beavers only run in the top of seventh as he was driven after a one-out single on Berberet’s double to left.

The Ducks and Beavers will play the second game of this weekend’s series with a 2 p.m. first pitch Saturday at PK Park. The game will also be televised by the Oregon Sports Network on Comcast SportsNet Northwest and Comcast SportsNet California.

Notes: Danny Pulfer extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games, also tying a program record he set earlier this season (kept since 2009)…Tyler Anderson’s 10 strikeouts tied his single-game record against a Pac-10 opponent, and his 114 strikeouts on the season break the previous Oregon single-season record of 105 that Anderson set in 2010…Anderson also holds the Oregon all-time record with 285 career strikeouts, and ties for third all-time with 17 career wins…Anderson recorded double-digit strikeouts for the sixth time this season and also made his 12th quality start of the season…Oregon State holds a 10-4 advantage in the series since Oregon baseball was reinstated in 2009, and the UO leads the series 2-1 in games played  at PK Park…Oregon also now leads the 2011 season series 2-1.