It was a rainy night at PK Park on Friday and there is a slogan that was apparently adopted not far from where it originated, “It Never Rains at PK Park”. The Oregon Ducks Baseball team opened a three games series with Loyola Marymount. In the wet Home Opener the Lions took advantage of several bases loaded situations for which Oregon could not recover. The Ducks dropped Game 1, 7-2. Starting Pitcher Sophomore Jake Reed took the loss, he allowed five runs on six hits in just five inning of work and struck out twelve.
Game Two on Saturday had a better outcome. Starting pitcher Sophomore Tommy Thorpe held Loyola Marymount scoreless through six innings. The Ducks had three hit batters in the third and were able to take advantage. Thorpe moved to 2-0 on the year giving up four hits in a career high seven innings and striking out a career best six. Oregon managed just two hits for the game, including a two RBI single from Pac 12 Player of the Week First Baseman Ryon Healy in the third and a bunt single from Senior J.J. Altobelli that led to three runs in the seventh.
The final game of the series saw the Ducks take the series vs Loyola Marymount. Freshman Pitcher Cole Irvin, who was solid in his first start in Hawaii, allowed one run in eight innings while striking out three. The hit of the game came from the bat of Junior Tyler Baumgatner making his first career start. The outfielder hit a sixth inning bases loaded double with two outs leading to the Ducks win over the Lions, 6-1.
George Horton and the team next take the field on Tuesday evening against Portland for one game before hitting the road to face Horton’s former team Cal State Fullerton in a three games series starting on Friday.
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Justin Phillips is Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW in Eugene, Oregon