EUGENE, Ore. – Utah’s Parker Morin ended No. 24 Oregon’s hope of a sweep as he launched a two-run homer over the right field wall in the ninth, pushing the Utes to a 4-3 victory over the Ducks on Sunday at PK Park.
Oregon (15-6, 3-3) right fielder Aaron Jones backed all the way to the
wall and watching the ball go in and out his glove as he collided with
Reliever Jimmie Sherfy (3-1) took the loss after tossing one and 2/3
innings in relief. In the top of the eighth, Oregon reliever Jeff Gold
got into trouble loading the bases with one out, sandwiching a hit
batter between two walks. Sherfy came out of the bullpen and struck out
Ryan Cooperstone before coaxing a fly out from James Brooks to get the
Ducks out of the jam.
But in the top of the ninth as Oregon nursed a 3-2 lead, Sherfy issued a
lead-off walk to Connor Eppard. Two batters later, Sherfy surrendered
his first home run of the season as Morin took the 1-2 offering over the
right field wall and put the Utes (7-15, 3-3) ahead 4-3.
Oregon had the game-tying run 90 feet away in the bottom of the ninth as
Ryan Hambright drove a one-out triple into deep center field. Utah
right-hander Mitch Watrous then plunked pinch-hitter Daniel Pardini to
put runners on the corners, but J.J. Altobelli hit into a double play to
end the game.
Watrous (1-0) was credited with the win after shutting out Oregon for two innings on one hit while striking out three.
For the first time this season, Oregon lost when Brando Tessar received
the start. The sophomore was in line for the win as Oregon led 3-2 when
he exited the game in the top of the seventh. In six and 1/3 innings
pitched, Tessar allowed two runs on five hits while issuing three walks.
The Simi Valley, Calif., native struck out seven and retired 10
consecutive batters at one point, and struck out the side in the third.
In the start for Utah, Kesley Kondo allowed three runs on five hits and
two walks while striking out four in four innings of work. Josh Chapman
also tossed three shutout innings for the Utes, surrendering just two
hits to the Ducks.
Oregon took a 1-0 advantage in the first as Aaron Payne was plunked with
one out, and then scored from first when he moved to third on Jones’
single, and scored as Jones was caught in a rundown at second.
The Ducks added a pair of runs in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Kondo
issued a lead-off walk to Jones, who then scored from first as Ryon
Healy drove a double into right field. Kyle Garlick then knocked a
single through the left side as Healy was able to score.
Utah added a run in the top of the fifth as Tessar plunked Tyson Gonzalez, and scored as Brooks doubled to right center.
The Utes closed 3-2 in the sixth Trey Nielsen led off the inning with a
single to center. Tessar then walked Tyler Relf, and Ethan Leiter’s
sacrifice moved runners to second and third with one out. A sacrifice
fly from Gonzalez plated Nielsen, but Tessar struck out Cooperstone to
strand Relf at second.
Brooks and Morin led the Utes with two hits apiece, while Jones went
2-for-2 and was issued two walks. Healy posted a 2-for-4 day at the
plate with a double, while Garlick also totaled two hits.
Oregon won its first
Pac-12 series of 2012…Oregon’s three-game winning streak was
snapped…Aaron Payne has been a hit by a pitch a team-leading 13
times…Oregon suffered its first loss when the club was leading after
eight innings (11-1) in 2012…the Ducks suffered their first loss with
Brando Tessar getting the start (5-1)…Jimmie Sherfy surrendered his
first home run of the season...Oregon is now 6-3 in one-run games.
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