Oregon Baseball looked to continue its winning ways after beating Vanderbilt in Game 3 of their series a few weeks ago. The Ducks took care of business against Texas State and headed on the road to begin the Pac 12 Season this past weekend. Oregon(15-6, 2-1 Pac 12) took two of three games in the series with the Trojans(7-12, 0-3 Pac 12).
In the opener, Ducks 5, Trojans 2, Starting Pitcher Jake Reed(2-3) got back on track and earned his second win of the season allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. Closer Jimmie Sherfy picked up his sixth save of the year. Oregon collected six hits from Brett Thomas, J.J. Altobelli and Scott Heineman in the win.
In Game 2 of the series, Ducks 8, Trojans 4, Oregon handed the ball to Sophomore Tommy Thorpe who went 5 2/3 giving up eight hits and four earned runs. He struck out two. The Ducks had a rally in them. So far this year the eighth inning seems to be good for Oregon. For the second series this year (Vanderbilt, Game 3) they came from behind to win. Led by Scott Heineman(3-6, 2 RBI’s, 2 Runs scored), Oregon took the lead on a six run eighth inning.
For the finale in Game 3, Trojans 5, Ducks 3, Oregon turned to Freshman Cole Irvin for the sweep of the Trojans, but the young pitcher gave up six hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings of work for Oregon. The Ducks did not have a comeback in them and lost 5-3. Shortstop J.J. Altobelli(1-3 Hit, RBI) and Third Baseman Michael Tollman who hit his first career home run provided some offense for the Ducks, but it wasn’t enough.
Oregon heads home to kick off a seven game homestand at PK. They host a big three game series with Arizona this weekend. The Wildcats(15-8, 0-3 Pac 12) are licking their wounds after being swept at home by #3 Oregon State) The opener for the series on Friday(6pm PT) will be broadcast on thse Pac 12 Networks. Game 2, Saturday at 2pm(PT) and Game 3 is slated for Sunday at Noon(PT). Oregon also has a game with Portland(Tuesday 3/26), before hosting Washington in a three game set starting early on Thursday(03/28).
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