Healy Powers Ducks To Victory

The No. 13 ranked Oregon Ducks took game two of a three game series against the No. 21 ranked Stanford Cardinal, 6-4 at PK Park on Saturday. The victory ensures a series win for the Ducks, who will try for a sweep on Sunday afternoon.

First baseman Ryon Healy belted two two-run opposite field home runs into the Oregon (32-10, 15-5) bullpen area to propel the Ducks offensively. Healy finished 3-for-3 with two runs, four runs batted in and a walk. Both of Healy's home runs, his eighth and ninth on the season, plated left fielder Brett Thomas, who finished 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI of his own.

"Every series win is exciting," Healy said. "(The media) has put some pressure on us with the fact that we haven't beat a ranked opponent, so it was exciting for us to come out and do that."

Healy and Thomas weren't the only ones giving Cardinal starter Dean McArdle headaches. Center fielder Connor Hofmann led of the bottom of the third inning with a triple and then scored on a wild pitch to extend the Oregon lead.

"We have guys from one to nine that can get the job done," Healy said of the Ducks effort.

McArdle (2-2) was removed from the game after pitching only three innings, and left-handed reliever James Logan suffered through a long three-run fourth inning before things settled down.

Left hander Cole Irvin continued his impressive freshman campaign, picking up his eighth win. Irvin was able to preserve the Ducks early lead by retiring Cardinal batters quickly in the early innings.

Irvin (8-2) ran into trouble with the middle of the Stanford order, and uncharacteristic errors by the Ducks defense allowed them to chip away at a Ducks lead that stood at 6-1 headed into the top of the fifth inning.

"These guys have longer swings than people think and I just threw them inside and they were grounding themselves out," Irvin said. "That's all I needed to do."

The Cardinal (23-14, 9-8) narrowed the lead to 6-3 thanks to an RBI groundout by designated hitter Justin Ringo and a RBI single by right fielder Austin Slater, but Irvin worked out of the inning and pitched a scoreless sixth.

Stanford posted an unearned run in the seventh inning, but was unable to get any closer once Sherfy took the hill in the eighth.

The Ducks win allows them to keep pace behind rival Oregon State in the conference standings who won at USC on Saturday. Sitting second in the conference, Oregon is looking to repeat last year's successful run to the postseason which included them hosting the Regional and Super Regional rounds at home.

Oregon and Stanford face off in the series finale at 12:30. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. Oregon is expected to send Jake Reed (5-3, 3.63 ERA) to the hill.

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Attendance at PK Park was 3,892

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