Oregon uses school record 26 hits to stay alive at Louisville Regional

Louisville, Ky. –Oregon used a school-record 26 hits to score 18 runs and stay alive in the Louisville Regional on Saturday in an 18-6 win over Southeast Missouri State at Patterson Field.

Every Duck starter had at least one hit with seven multiple hits, led by Brennan Milone’s career-best five and Josiah Cromwick’s career-best four. Malone went 5-for-6 at the plate on the heels of Friday’s three-hitter game. He is 8-for-11 with two homers, two doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored in the first two games of the regional tournament.

How did it happen: Milone continued to swing a hot bat in the first inning for the Ducks. After a 3-on-5 regional game where he hit a home run and doubled twice, Milone lined up a two-out pitch on the left-field wall giving Oregon a 1-0 lead.

Oregon pushed the lead to eight runs with a huge seven-run second inning. After one start, Oregon has had nine consecutive batters reach base. Anthony Hall started the rally with a brace off the wall into left center field. He moved up to third on a Cromwick hit, then scored with Cromwick on a Sam Novitske brace.

Novitske made it 4-0 on a Gavin Grant RBI single. After a walk from Tanner Smith, Colby Shade ripped a three-run homer off the left field wall. After Shade cleared the bases with the homer, Milone started another rally with a single, his fifth hit of the regional tournament. Drew Cowley moved Milone to second with a pitching single and a Josh Kasevich hit-and-run hit.

Hall broke Oregon’s base-hit streak at nine, but not without driving in the seventh inning. The Ducks right fielder flew out to center field scoring Milone for an 8-0 lead.

SEMO cut the lead to six with singles in the second and third, before Oregon put three more on the road thanks mostly to back-to-back doubles. Cowley started the double parry before scoring on a brace from Kasevich who then came on to score on a brace from Hall. After a Cromwick single, Novitske notched his third RBI of the day scoring Hall on a sacrifice fly and an 11-2 lead.

The Redhawks responded with three in the bottom of the fourth to pull back to six, but Oregon put four more on the board in the top of the sixth to regain command. Cromwick doubled to start the inning and scored on Sam Novitske’s fourth RBI of the day on a single down the middle.

Novitske swept second, moved up to third on a sacrificial Grant bunt and scored on a Smith RBI single. Colby Shade reached on an error on SEMO third baseman Peyton Leeper allowing Smith to advance to second before scoring on a Milone RBI single, his fourth hit of the day.

Cowley notched his third hit of the day, leading Shade from second to cap the inning by four runs and cut Oregon’s lead to 10.

The Ducks had three insurance runs in the top of the eighth. Milone landed his best fifth hit of the day to spark the rally, moved up to third on Cowley’s fourth hit of the day and second double before the two scored on Kasevich’s first triple of the season . Hall elected to drive Kasevich to give Oregon an 18-5 lead.

Box Score Notes: Oregon took its team’s RBI total to 411, the first time in school history the Ducks had more than 400 RBI in a season. The Ducks also took their tally to 1,030 total goals this season, the first time Oregon has passed the 1,000 total goals mark in a season. Oregon hit a season-high seven doubles for the second straight day and took its season total to 120 doubles, tying the school record. Smith set a new Oregon single-season record for hits on his center single to start the game. He finished with his 26th all-around game of the season and 65th of his career, just about tying Gabe Matthews (2017-21) for the school record. Milone’s homer was his 12th of the season, tying him for sixth on the single-season homer list with Tom Dodd (1978) and Dave Roberts (1978). Hall’s second-inning brace gave him 15 two-baggers for the season, tying him with Milone and Brett Thomas (2013) for ninth on Oregon’s single-season roster. He added his 16th to fifth with Tyler Baumgartner (2014) and Danny Pulfer (2011) at the time for seventh. Shade’s homer was his fifth of the season and first since April 15 in Washington. Novitske recorded his 10th multi-hit game of the season and 42nd of his career. He also played in his seventh multi-RBI game of the season and 17th of the season. Cowley put up his 20th multi-hit game of the season in just 37 starts. He also completed his 16th double of the season, tying him with Hall, Baumgartner and Pulfer for seventh place. Cromwick finished with his seventh all-time game of the season and ninth of his career. All nine Ducks scored at least one point and eight of them scored multiple points. Five Ducks made multiple runs, led by Novitske’s career-high tying four.

On the bridge: Oregon meets the loser of Saturday’s late game between Michigan and Louisville at 9 a.m. (PT) on Sunday.

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