It has been all or nothing this season for Oregon baseball.
The Ducks opened the season with four losses during a trip to Arizona before returning home to sweep a three-game series from Nevada.
“The biggest difference between this weekend and the first was that we cleaned some things up in base running and some of the stuff we saw out of our pitching staff,” UO coach Mark Wasikowski said after Sunday’s 9-1 win over the Wolfpack. “There has been good competitiveness throughout, the guys have really wanted to win. We haven’t backed down. Even the first weekend we were fighting like crazy. We could easily be 7-0, but we aren’t. The guys are here to fight and get after it.”
The Ducks (3-4) stay at PK Park to host Milwaukee in a four-game series beginning Friday at 4 p.m. The Panthers (1-7) scored a total of six runs while being swept in a four-game set at Sacramento State last weekend.
Oregon is averaging 5.4 runs per game led by designated hitter Kenyon Yovan with a .462 batting average and two homers. First baseman Gabe Matthews is hitting .407 with seven RBIs.
Sophomore Aaron Zavala leads the Ducks with nine RBIs to go with a .348 batting average.
“I think we feel comfortable one through nine with anyone in the batter's box,” Zavala said. “Whenever we need a big hit, no matter who it is, we are comfortable with whoever is up in the box to get the job done and go win us a game.”
Cullen Kafka (0-1, 8.22) starts the series opener with Robert Ahlstrom (1-0, 3.09) and Peyton Fuller (0-0, 4.00) starting Saturday’s doubleheader. The Ducks have yet to announce a starter for the series finale on Sunday.