EUGENE, Ore. – Senior right-hander Alex Keudell set the Oregon single-season record earning his 10th victory of the year as the sixth-ranked Ducks shut out Seattle, 6-0, on Friday night at PK Park.
Keudell (10-3) won his ninth consecutive start after shutting out the Redhawks (22-25) on five hits and one walk while striking out five in seven and 2/3 innings on the mound.
Oregon (39-14) extended its winning streak to six games behind Keudell’s start, and left-hander Tommy Thorpe earned his first save after entering the game in the top of the eighth with the tying run at the plate. Thorpe got out of the jam, and struck out four of the five batters he faced.
After three hits in the first, Oregon led 2-0, but UO did not record its fourth hit of the game until Ryan Hambright’s base knock in the seventh. The Ducks would be shut out for six straight innings until batting around in the bottom of the eighth and scoring four runs on three hits.
The inning started with an inside the park home run off the bat of Connor Hofmann as Seattle left fielder Ryan Somers tripped on his way to tracking down the drive. After a base hit and walk, Seattle went to its bullpen and Blaine Jones took over in relief of starter Seafth Howe with runners on first and second. Jones walked the bases loaded and Kyle Dole was brought out of the bullpen. A balk and a Kevin Shepherd RBI bunt single scored UO’s next two runs, while a bases-loaded walk was issued to Hambright as the Ducks took a 6-0 lead.
Howe (4-5) was issued the loss after allowing five runs on six hits and four walks while striking out just one Oregon batter. From the second through sixth innings, Howe faced only one batter over the minimum.
Oregon took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as the Ducks loaded the bases with no outs on two hits and a walk. Oregon plated its first run when Brett Thomas hit into a double play and Aaron Payne scored, before Kyle Garlick lined a two-out RBI double into right field.
Oregon and Seattle will play game two of its series at 2 p.m., Saturday at PK Park.
Notes: Alex Keudell now holds the Oregon single-season with 10 wins, and his 22 career wins tie with Dean Kegler (1978-81) for first all-time… Kyle Garlick continues to lead the Ducks with 16 two-out RBIs as the team total is now 92…in his last nine starts Alex Keudell is 9-0 with a 1.14 ERA allowing just nine runs in 71 and 1/3 innings…the Ducks 39 regular season wins are the club’s most in program history…Oregon shut out its sixth opponent of the season and its first since April 18 in a 3-0 win vs. Portland…Connor Hofmann’s inside the park home run was the first since the program was reinstated (2009).