Oregon entered the game on Friday against Oregon State winning nine in a row, but from the start the Oregon Ducks Baseball team knew this series would not be easy. It did not take long for the Beavers to strike first. Oregon Starting Pitcher Tommy Thorpe, who last week pitched a two hit seven inning gem against Washington State did not start out on the best foot. His first fifteen pitches included eleven strikes and multiple opportunities for Oregon State to put runs across the plate. Fortunately two OSU flyouts limited the damage to just one run in favor of Oregon State.
Oregon Ducks Austin Grebeck had a ‘seeing eye’ double down the line to start the fifth inning for George Horton’s team. The ball rolled one hundred feet as Grebeck took second base for a double. Aaron Payne followed with a strikeout and A.J. Balta flew out to end the inning stranding Grebeck. Oregon State would add two runs off Tommy Thorpe as Hendrix led off the fifth inning with a single, followed by Michael Conforto who scored Jeff Hendrix with a double making it 2-0 Beavers. The added another run in the sixth inning with a homerun from the Beavers Caleb Hamilton for a 3-0 lead.
Darrell Hunter would relieve Tommy Thorpe for the Oregon Ducks in the sixth inning. He would make quick work of the first two Oregon State Beavers he faced, allowing the third, Logan Ice, a walk before heading to the eighth. Oregon State Starting Pitcher who was on his way to becoming the Career Wins leader for the Beavers sat down the Ducks for a 1-2-3 8th inning and he came back to try to close it out in the ninth. Entering the ninth inning he allowed three hits and threw 108 pitches on the night.
The ninth inning would start with a single from Kyle Garlick, followed by a double from Nick Catalano. Nothing like waiting for the last inning to wake up the Oregon Ducks offense. Shaun Chase had a chance to pick up some RBI’s, but would strikeout. Austin Grebeck would walk bringing up Mark Karaviotis with the bases loaded and one out. Oregon used J.B. Bryant as a pinch hitter who grounded out a run leaving Ducks on 2nd and 3rd with two outs. Aaron Payne was up and flew out.
The Oregon Ducks nine game winning streak came to an end. Runs came at a premium on Friday night and Oregon could not deliver when they needed to. Game two of the three game series is Saturday(7:30pm PT) in Corvallis.