Oregon Ducks complete series sweep of Lafayette with 12-2 win

Jarrid Denneyby:Jarrid Denney02/25/24


The Oregon Ducks capped off a dominant weekend with a decisive win on Sunday to complete a series sweep of Lafayette.

Oregon (6-1) steamrolled the Leopards, 12-2, at PK Park in front of a crowd of 1,917. The Ducks racked up 13 hits and capitalized on 12 free passes to take control of the game early.

Over the course of four games, the Ducks out-scored the Leopards 51-14.

“We did well,” Oregon right fielder Jeffery Heard said. “Some games we came out a little bit slwoer than we should have, but at the end of the day and our pitchers did a really good job of minimizing the other team’s ability to score runs.”

Oregon senior right-hander Kevin Seitter got the starting nod on Sunday and was sharp for the majority of the afternoon. He limited Lafayette to two earned runs, four hits, and one walk and struck out 11 batters.

“I thought he pitched well last week against Baylor, too,” Wasikowski said. “I think he’s had two pretty good starts. Last week he was on a little bit of a pitch count like a lot of those guys were. Might not have been quite as sharp last week as he was today; he had a really good feel for his fastball location. he threw three other secondary pitches today. … I think his stuff was back to what we were used to seeing.”

Senior righty Brock Moore, a Menlo College transfer, replaced Seitter to start the second inning and touched 101 miles per hour with his fastball on multiple occasions.

“It’s not bad having a guy that can touch 102 miles per hour out of the bullpen,” Wasikowski said of Moore. “And it’s strikes, too. It’s strikes and it’s his secondary pitch; we call him ‘Big Country.’ He’s just an awesome human being and a great kid. He went through a lot in his life. To have a kid come in here from Indiana, it’s awesome to see him thrive. To see the scouts go, ‘Whoa’ it’s really cool. He’s not just a carnival pitcher; he’s an effective college pitcher who has a big arm.”

Moore, Jaxon Jordan, and Turner Spoljaric all tossed 1.0 scoreless innings apiece.

Jordan struck out the side on 11 pitches in the eighth inning.

As a pitching staff, Oregon combined to throw 16 strikeouts — its highest total in any game since 2021.

“It’s awesome,” Seitter said of the Ducks’ performance on Sunday. “We talk a lot about playing the game as opposed to playing an opponent or anybody else. If we can show our stuff and we can live up to our potential, we can go really far. We had a lot of guys who didn’t even get in today who are phenomenal as well. So, I feel really comfortable with anybody coming in behind me.”

Heard, who was one of the Ducks’ standouts during a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, continued his hot start to the season and went 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Jacob Walsh and Carter Garate also went 2-for-4.

Bryce Boettcher and Ryan Cooney each hit a home run.

Oregon will be back at PK Park next week when it hosts UC Santa Barbara for a three-game set. Friday’s series opener is scheduled for a 4:05 p.m. PT first pitch.

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