EUGENE, Ore. – For the first time in all-time series history, No. 23 Oregon (17-8, 5-3) won its weekend series against 14th-ranked Arizona State (16-11, 3-5), taking the first two games at PK Park in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
Senior right-hander Alex Keudell pitched the first complete-game shutout of his career, and Aaron Jones hit a solo home run as No. 23 Oregon upset No. 14 Arizona State 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at PK Park.
The Ducks shut out ASU for the first time in series history as Keudell (3-3) allowed just four hits and issued two walks, while picking off two runners. The native of Portland, Ore., faced just three batters over the minimum while tossing a season-best nine innings, and the third complete game of his career.
Arizona State starter Brady Rogers (4-1) took his first loss of the season, allowing one run on four hits in a complete game. In the sixth, Rogers surrendered his first home run of the year when Jones took the right-hander’s one-out, 1-0 offering over the wall in left. For Jones, it was his third home run this season and the fifth of his career. Jones has also drove in the game-winning run on four occasions this year.
Arizona State had its best opportunity to score in the fourth with runners on the corners and two outs but Keudell coaxed Trever Allen into a pop up.
Ryon Healy led Oregon with a 2-for-3 outing, while Andrew Aplin led ASU with a 2-for-4 day.
Notes: Oregon shut out Arizona State for the first time in series history as the Sun Devils lead the series 11-3…Alex Keudell pitched the first complete-game shutout of his career and the third complete game of his career…Keudell’s nine innings were a season high…Aaron Jones hit his third home run of the season and the fifth of his career…the Ducks shut out an opponent for the third time in 2012…Arizona State was shut out for the first time in 2012…Aaron Jones has driven in the game-winning run for Oregon nine times during his career…Oregon is now 7-4 in one-run games….the Ducks snapped a three-game losing streak with the win over Arizona State.
Sophomore designated hitter Kyle Garlick ripped two home runs in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader as the No. 23 Ducks upset the No. 14 Sun Devils 3-1 at PK Park.
Garlick, a native of Chino Hills, Calif., became the first Duck since the program was reinstated (2009) to hit two round trippers in a single game – bringing his season total to a team-leading four.
On the mound, Oregon (17-8, 5-3) freshman Jake Reed (2-2) pitched seven and 1/3 shutout innings in the win, scattering five hits and issuing just one walk while striking out four.
Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy and junior shortstop J.J. Altobelli got the Ducks out of a small jam in the top of the eighth as Sherfy came on in relief with runners on first and second with one out. ASU’s (16-11, 3-5) Andrew Aplin hit into a 463 double play to squash the threat.
Sherfy picked up his fifth save of the year despite surrendering a one-out solo home run to Joey DeMichele in the ninth. Sherfy tossed one and 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on one hit while fanning two.
Garlick gave Oregon a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, taking Trevor Williams’ (5-2) one-out offering over the left field wall. In the seventh, Garlick doubled Oregon’s lead with a towering one-out round-tripper to left field. Williams then issued a walk to Scott Heineman, who scored from first on Brett Hambright’s RBI-double to the gap in right center as Oregon led 3-0 after seven innings.
In the loss, Williams allowed three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four. Robert Ravago pitched the final inning in relief.
Kasey Coffman led ASU batting 2-for-3, while Garlick was also 2-for-3.
The Duck also defense turned two double plays.
Oregon and Arizona State will meet at noon tomorrow in the series finale at PK Park. The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Northwest with Terry Jonz and Jerry Allen calling all the action.
Notes: The Ducks won their first series ever against the Sun Devils, as ASU leads the all-time series 11-4…Oregon has homered in its last four games…Kyle Garlick became the first Duck to hit two home runs in a single game since the program was reinstated (2009)…Oregon has won its fifth series of the year and second in Pac-12 play.