The Oregon baseball team takes a seven-game winning streak to Hawaii.
The Ducks (7-4) swept consecutive weekends at PK Park to bounce back from an 0-for-4 weekend to open the season in Arizona. Oregon won four games last weekend from Milwaukee while outscoring the Panthers 25-7.
“I am really excited about the way the team played,” UO coach Mark Wasikowski said following a 6-1 win on Sunday. “We played clean baseball for the most part all weekend and pitched extremely well with timely hitting. It is exciting to see what was done and now we are looking forward to carrying that on to next weekend and into the Pac(-12).”
Oregon’s last nonconference series before beginning Pac-12 play starts Thursday at Hawaii (8-5), which won at second-ranked Vanderbilt last week and beat Washington State twice earlier in the season. The four-game series continues through Sunday.
“It is nice to get rolling a bit before a road trip like this,” Oregon outfielder Aaron Zavala said. “We got some momentum going so now we will get ready for a tough Hawaii team.”
Zavala certainly has momentum after going 14-for-22 with nine RBIs and four runs in his last six games. The sophomore leads the Ducks with a .487 batting average and 16 RBIs.
“I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and hope for the same results,” Zavala said.
Junior designated hitter Kenyon Yovan is batting .462 with two home runs and a team-high 16 runs. Senior first baseman Gabe Matthews is batting .357 while leading the team with four doubles.
Oregon will stick with a starting rotation of Cullen Kafka (0-1, 6.75 ERA), Robert Ahlstrom (2-0, 2.89) and Peyton Fuller (1-0, 2.40) against the Rainbow Warriors. Brett Walker (2-0, 1.35) will likely start the finale unless he is needed in relief earlier in the series.
Oregon’s pitchers have combined for a 1.38 ERA during the seven-game winning streak while holding Nevada and Milwaukee to a combined batting average of .194.