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Ducks Down Beavers in Civil War Opener 7-4

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Oregon State struggled in all phases as they fell 7-4 to rival Oregon in game 1.

Steven Kwan got his first triple, but it wasn't enough to get the Beavers the win.
Steven Kwan got his first triple, but it wasn't enough to get the Beavers the win.

After Travis Eckert were able to put up matching zeroes in the first inning the Ducks were the first to get on the board when they were able to score the run on the back of a Daniel Patzlaff single up the middle already making it a Duck lead.

Oregon State got a little action to respond in the bottom of the second as well, but they would not actually get on the board until the 4th inning. It started with a Steven Kwan leadoff triple and he was brought home by a KJ Harrison bloop base hit. He would move over to third once the Beavers loaded the bases and Morrison brought him home with a sac fly to put the Beavers up 2-1 after 4 innings.

The Ducks were quick to respond though, getting their lead off man on. They called for small ball and looked to bunt the runner over but a misplay by Eckert allowed him to reach as well. Both runners were moved over and scored on a base hit, putting the Ducks back on top 3-2.

They weren't done though, once the top of the 6th came around UO really put the hurt on Beaver starter Travis Eckert who had a rough outing giving up 6 runs. It started with a double for Packard and the hit parade kept going with a single, safety squeeze where the hitter reached after a failed attempt to get the runner at the plate. The pain train continued with a bunt and a fielder's choice plating another. The Beavers could not turn a double play to escape on the next batter as well and the score was up to 6-2 Ducks. With Cole Irvin dealing as well it seemed to be an extremely tall task to try and claw out a win.

A sac fly brought home another run by the Ducks in T7, which meant very little when the Ducks were already up 4 although the Beavers did score two in the bottom of the 8th to at least show some life, making the final score 7-4 Oregon. It was also the 1,000th career win for Ducks coach George Horton.

It was the the first conference win for the Ducks in Goss Stadium since baseball came back and the Beavers will need to prevent them from winning anymore at Goss if they want to take the series. Oregon State has also now lost 5 in a row, the first time that's happened in 5 years.