SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State’s offense pounced on No. 23 Oregon early, and the Ducks couldn’t find a remedy for right-hander Taylor Black in an 11-3 loss at Bobcat Stadium on Tuesday night.
In the top of the first, Texas State (15-9) scored five runs on three hits, two walks and one error as starter Jeff Gold was rattled from the start. After issuing a leadoff walk, Texas State first baseman Casey Kalenkosky gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead with a one-out, two-run homer to left center. Texas State added three more runs in the inning courtesy of one-run singles from Jeff McVaney and Cody Gambill and a Nick Smelser sacrifice fly.
Black (2-0), in his second start of the year, earned the win after holding Oregon (15-7) to two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk while striking out seven in six and 1/3 innings of work.
Gold (3-1) lasted just one and 2/3 innings in the loss, allowing five runs – four earned – on four hits and three walks.
David Wylie came on in relief for Gold and looked strong until Texas State rallied with two outs in the third. Wylie loaded the bases with a plunked batter, single and walk, setting up Joey Fuda’s bases-clearing double down the left field line as Texas State led 8-0.
In the fourth, Wylie struck out the first two batters he faced with but then surrendered a single and walked three straight batters to walk in a run. The Bobcats added their 10th run on an Oregon error.
In two and 2/3 innings of relief, Wylie allowed five runs – four earned – on three hits and five walks.
Texas State had just a three-hit advantage, 9-6, as the Duck pitching staff surrendered 12 free bases, hitting three batters and issuing nine walks. Oregon also committed two errors.
Aaron Jones led Oregon with a 3-for-4 performance and hit his second home run of the season with a solo shot off Black in the top of the fourth.
Billy Flamion had a strong outing in relief as the left-hander closed the game on the mound for Oregon. He allowed one run – a homer to Andrew Stumph – on two hits, one walk and a career high four strikeouts.
The Ducks added a run in the sixth as Aaron Payne kept the top of the inning alive with a two-out single to center. He moved to third on two passed balls, and scored on Jones’ third hit of the evening.
Texas State was ranked for 23rd in the nation last week, but dropped out of the polls after being swept by Sam Houston State last weekend.
Oregon and Texas State will return to action tomorrow with first pitch set for 10 a.m. PT from Bobcat Stadium.
Notes: Eleven runs is the most Oregon has surrendered since a 12-6 loss at Washington State on May 20, 2011…Oregon’s eight run margin of defeat is its largest since an 8-0 loss at Arizona State on April 3, 2011…Aaron Jones hit his second home run of the season and the fourth of his career…Kyle Garlick leads the Ducks on a five-game hitting streak…Oregon gave up two home runs for the second time this season.