Harber Throws Six Inning For Oregon Ducks in Win over New Mexico State


The Oregon Ducks Baseball Home Opener was greeted by quite the sunset on Thursday night in Eugene as the home team entertained New Mexico State University. As the temperature cooled down at the start of the game Oregon Ducks Starter Cole Irvin sat down the side with a strikeout to end the first inning. It did not take long for the away team for the away team to score the first run of the night. Derek Umphries put New Mexico State on the board.

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The Aggies threatened again in the third with Umphries at the plate and two men on, but Oregon Starter Cole Irvin was able to get Umphries to pop out to end the inning. Oregon was able to break through in the bottom of the third inning with a run and Coach George Horton would pull his Starting Pitcher before the start of the fourth as Connor Harber would take the mound to pitch the top of the fourth inning.

The tie would hold through the middle of the sixth inning when Oregon would again be unable to score a run.  Mitchell Tolman grounded out to start the inning. Shaun Chase would pop out bringing up Brandon Cuddy who was 0-2 on the night so far. He would work a walk bringing Phil Craig-St Louis to the plate with two outs. He would work a full count before striking out to end the innings.

Connor Harbor would again hold New Mexico State from scoring in the seventh before Oregon again came to the plate looking for some positive momentum. The Ducks would again find a way to start the inning with a man on base courtesy of a Mark Karaviotis walk. Austin Grebeck then grounded a ball up the middle for a fielders choice tagging out Karaviotis. Grebeck was safe at first. Nick Catalano would work a full count with one out and pop out to center field for the second out of the inning. Matt Eureste would flip the batting order back to the top and get a well earned hit giving Oregon a one run lead.

Oregon Catcher Shaun Chase added a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend the Ducks lead to 3-1.

The key to the game was pitching and the performance of Connor Harbor who threw six innings of no-hit baseball on the night. Over his last two games he has thrown twelve innings of no hit baseball for the Oregon Ducks in relief.

Game two of the series is Friday night at 6pm, Game three is Saturday at 2pm and Game 3 is Sunday at Noon.