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Ducks club baseball team sweeps OSU to clinch conference championship

Ducks Kyle Coburn (#14) slides safely into third base against the OSU Beavers. The Ducks swept OSU in a three-game series to clinch the conference championship. Photo by Dan Morrison, Oregon News Lab.

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon Ducks Club Baseball team swept the Oregon State University Beavers Club team in a three-game series to clinch the Northern Pacific West conference championship. The Ducks defeated the Beavers 15-5 in eight innings Saturday afternoon at Willamette Floyd Ogden Field. The Ducks then beat the Beavers Sunday 10-0 in five innings and 4-3 in seven innings in a double-header.

Max Morrison went 6 of 9 in the series, including a home run and three doubles. Jack McWilliams had a walk-off double in game three. Nick Waldsmith added a double.

On the mound, Jared Ross threw seven innings in the first game, with two earned runs and five strike outs. In game two, Arthur Stromquist pitched a five-inning shut out. Jason Ross threw five innings in game three with three earned runs with seven strike outs. Julian Salzer closed the game with two shut out innings.

The Ducks will play Central Oregon Community College in a make-up game Saturday in Bend. Having already clinched the conference championship, the Ducks will advance to the Northern Pacific Regional Championship in Boise, Idaho, in a double-elimination tournament May 12-15.

After they last home series in which they defeated Southern Oregon, the Ducks traveled to Seattle and swept the Seattle University team 10-2, 9-3, 3-1.

The following weekend the Ducks beat Central Oregon Community College in Bend, 14-4 and 11-3. The third game was rained out in the third inning.

If the Ducks defeat Central Oregon Community College in Bend this weekend, they clinch the number one seed position in the tournament in Boise. If the Ducks are victorious in Boise, they advance to the National Championship tournament in Paducah, Kentucky.

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