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Beavers Come Out on Top of First Civil War 11-10

In a struggle the Beavers crawl on top of the pile 11-10 thanks to some late inning heroics.

It was a promising start for the Beavers who had a quick start thanks to the bat of Christian Donahue who led the game off with a double and he was moved over to third thanks to a ground out. Logan Ice brought him home on a sac fly and the Beavers were up 1-0 after the top of the 1st.

The Ducks threatened in the bottom of the second though when Steven Packard came up to the plate. He crushed one that would have gone yard but Kyle Nobach went all super hero to bring it back into the field. He was unable to hold on to the ball to get the put out. It made a difference though as Fehmel was able to fight off the Ducks and get out of the jam to hold the slim lead.

Oregon State was able to put together a big inning in the top of the third starting again with Donahue who led off with a single, Madrigal and Harrison both reached before Logan Ice cracked a double off the wall for two runs. Jack Anderson was able to reach on an error to score KJ Harrison. A Morrison fielder's choice scored another and the Beavers would plate one more before the rally ended, but the damage was done and led to a 7-0 lead. The fourth inning tacked on one more run on a sac fly to run out to what seemed to be a commanding lead.

It was quickly answered unfortunately with a two run bomb off the bat of Packard again except this time there was no bringing it back. Fehmel continued to struggle in the bottom of the 4th, allowing runners at the corners, which led to his exit for Jordan Britton who hit the Ducks' Grebeck but induced a fly out to escape the bases loaded jam.

Things stayed quiet until things came completely off the rails in the bottom of the 6th. The Ducks got a couple base hits off of Britton and chased him after a base hit scored a run and left runners at 1st and 2nd. Mitch Hickey came out and allowed a three run bomb to make it a two run game at 8-6. From there the bullpen went on holiday, as did their pitches. They could not keep the ball over the plate which allowed for plenty of free bases and a couple base hits to tie up the game. This span of time saw Scotland Church, Christian Martinek, and it finally ended with Austin Kelly who ended the inning after walking home the tying run.

Kelly walked the first batter he saw and after a bunt moved him over Kelly was also done with Engelbrekt on to calm things down. He took control of the situation and kept the Ducks off the board but momentum was in UO's favor. The 8th did not start quite as well for Engelbrekt as he allowed a lead off single who moved over on a passed ball? Wild pitch? The ball landed right in front of Ice who lost it so the scoring will be strange. He was able to strikeout the next Duck batter however and then got a groundout to escape the inning without any damage.

The top of the 9th saw King beat out a throw into the shift and he was pinch run for by Grenier. Steven Kwan was able to move him over. A fly out moved him over and then Caleb Hamilton came up to bat. The veteran came through with a ground rule double to take back the lead at 9-8. Donahue was able to come through after him to add one more after he shellacked one off the mound. After a balk to advance Hamilton to third Madrigal came through with a base hit to score one more before Harrison flew out to end the inning with the Beavers suddenly up three runs.

Engelbrekt allowed a couple base runners but the game still seemed in hand and should have been with an easy fly-out into left field but a miscommunication saw the ball fall for a 2 RBI double. Engelbrekt was able to get a pop out though and the Beavers were able to come away with the win. It was Engelbrekt's first win of the season.

An uncomfortable win, but a win nonetheless. On to the next one Beavers.