Jun 4, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Austin Peay Governors players in the dugout against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the seventh inning in the Atlanta regional of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament at Russ Chandler Stadium. Mississippi State defeated Austin Peay 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Reed, Thomas Help Oregon Cruise Past Austin Peay 8-1

An Oregon starter didn’t falter in his outing this time, and the offense gelled once again to win the Eugene regional after defeating Austin Peay 8-1 on Sunday night.

The pitching staff completely suffocated the Governors all night long. Jake Reed (7-4) was outstanding in his work for the Ducks, giving up just two hits in seven innings, fanning eight batters, and walking four. Joey Housey finished off the game giving up a hit and a run in the final inning.

It was a vast contrast compared to Austin Peay, who decided to use a regular starter (Casey Delgado) in the previous game against Cal State Fullerton today, and had to use six different pitchers in their contest against Oregon.

Along with the eight runs and seven hits the Governors gave up, six walks were issued and five Ducks were hit by a pitch. Aaron Jones was hit three times.

Brett Thomas was the key to the offense early on for Oregon, getting two hits and brought in an RBI in his first three at-bats. After taking the 6-0 lead after the first four innings, Brett Hambright extended the lead in the seventh inning with a two-run homer that brought in Ryan Hambright.

Ryan wasn’t as great as he has been the last two days, but still contributed with picking up a walk to count as the run in the seventh and also belted a hit on the day.

Oregon moves on to the super regionals after going undefeated in their regional. They will host the winner of the Gary regional which is still in progress. Time and dates for next weekend will be announced later.

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