Ducks Sweep Rainbow Warriors

Honolulu, HI- Oregon (4-0) completed the four-game sweep of Hawaii, with a 4-2 victory.

Honolulu, HI- Oregon (4-0) completed the four-game sweep of Hawaii, with a 4-2 victory.

Much like Sunday's come-from-behind win, Oregon starting pitcher Jeff Gold put the Ducks in a 1-0 hole after the first-inning, but like Cole Irvin a day earlier, Gold settled down and put the Ducks in position to win following a three-run top of the fifth inning.

J.J. Altobelli, Aaron Payne and Brett Thomas each knocked in a run in the go-ahead inning.

However, with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Gold was struck by a line drive back to the pitcher, apparently suffering a hard blow to his right ankle. Gold lay on the ground in pain for a few moments, before he was helped off by teammates.

In the seventh inning, local television cameras caught Gold icing his injured ankle. The severity or any specifics of the injury are unknown at this time.

Jordan Spencer came on in relief for the first time this season, and the Oregon-native threw well, giving up one run in one and two-thirds innings of work.

In the sixth, the Ducks would score their last run of the series, another Altobelli single that brought Kyle Garlick home.

Altobelli finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Pitcher Christian Jones made his second appearance of the season, shutting down the side in the eight inning. Last Tuesday head coach George Horton had put a three-inning/60 pitch limit on the left-hander, who is recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Jones picked up a three-inning save on Friday, so Monday's inning appears to mean Jones' arm responded well to Friday's work.

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