The big hit eludes Ducks in 4-2 loss to rival Oregon State

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On every schedule, there are some games that are circled. For the Oregon Ducks baseball team, those circles go around Oregon State.

In the first of five meetings with the Beavers this season, Oregon just couldn’t get that one big hit and OSU was able to come out of PK Park with a 4-2 non-conference win over the Ducks.

Oregon falls to 26-14 overall, while the No. 2 ranked Beavers improved to 33-8. The Ducks will now go back into Pac-12 play as they will host California (20-20, 10-11) for a three-game weekend series.

It’s just one loss, but when it comes against the Beavers, win or lose, it seems to have a little extra meaning. The Ducks had more than a few chances to get on the scoreboard earlier than they were able to. Oregon hit into a couple of double plays and left two runners on in the fifth.

It looked like Jack Scanlon had pulled the Ducks to within 3-2 in the fifth, but Oregon State right fielder Justin Boyd was able to rob Scanlon of a homer.

Oregon finally broke through in the sixth with run-scoring singles from Anthony Hall and Colby Shade. The Ducks had the tieing run on second, but Scanlon flew out to deep center to end the inning.

That was the last time Oregon was able to get a runner in scoring position.

The Ducks and Beavers will meet again May 3 at PK Park for another non-conference game. The two rivals will then play a three-game Pac-12 series that very weekend May 6-8 in Corvallis.