EUGENE, Ore. – Tommy Thorpe picked the right night to have the best start of his career at Oregon. The sophomore was dominant holding No. 6 Oregon State to just two infield hits in eight innings in a 3-0 win for the 10th ranked Ducks on Friday night.
Thorpe matched a career-high with seven strikeouts while only allowing infield singles in the second and third innings. The sophomore, who moved to 6-4 on the season with the win, only faced real trouble in the third. The Beavers (41-9, 20-5 Pac-12) put runners on second and third with a bunt single, a hit batter and a wild pitch, but Thorpe struck out Michael Conforto to end the inning.
Thorpe took the mound in the ninth and walked the leadoff hitter forcing Oregon (43-11, 20-5 Pac-12) to go to closer Jimmie Sherfy. The Ducks’ All-American picked up his 20th save, breaking the Oregon record of 19 he set in 2012, to help UO pull into a first-place tie with the Beavers in the Pac-12.
The Ducks jumped out early scoring two runs in the first and one run in the second. Ryon Healy, who returned to the starting lineup after sitting out the last three games, put Oregon on top 1-0 with a base hit to left field scoring Brett Thomas. After a Mitchell Tolman sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out, Aaron Payne scored to make it 2-0 on a slow roller to first by Scott Heineman.
Freshman Nick Catalano led off the bottom of the second with a double and scored on a RBI flare single by J.J. Altobelli to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead.
Thomas and Payne led Oregon with both going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Matt Boyd (10-3) took the loss for Oregon State.
The Ducks and Beavers meet Saturday at 2 p.m. at PK Park in game two of the three-game series with both teams scheduled to throw freshmen. Cole Irvin (10-2) will pitch for Oregon, while Andrew Moore (10-1) gets the start for Oregon State.
EUGENE, Ore. – Matt Boyd worked eight solid innings but lost a pitcher’s duel to Tommy Thorpe Friday afternoon at PK Park as sixth-ranked Oregon State fell to No. 10 Oregon, 3-0.
Boyd scattered seven hits and three runs, all of which came in the game’s first two innings. He walked three and struck out five but Oregon’s Thorpe was better in his eight innings of work.
Thorpe held the Beavers to two hits while walking two and striking out seven. He was replaced in the ninth after walking Tyler Smith, and the Beavers loaded the bases on closer Jimmie Sherfy. Danny Hayes battled Sherfy to a 3-2 count before flying out to center, ending the game and giving the Oregon reliever his 20th save of the season.
Boyd, who allowed just two hits after the second inning, took the loss to drop to 10-3 on the year while Thorpe improved to 6-4.
The Beavers’ (41-9 overall, 20-5 Pac-12 Conference) two hits belonged to Ryan Barnes and Andy Peterson, who each reached on infield singles.
Oregon (43-11, 20-5) posted three hits in the first, two of which stayed in the infield but a hard hit single by the game’s third batter, Ryon Healy, netted the Ducks their first run. Scott Heineman closed out the inning’s scoring with a groundout to first.
J.J. Altobelli blooped a single to center in the second, scoring leadoff hitter Nick Catalano, who had opened the inning with a double.