EUGENE, Ore. – Tyler Baumgartner picked a good time to get his first career hit at Oregon. The Ducks’ designated hitter launched a sixth-inning bases-loaded, two-out double over the left fielders head to clear the bases and lead Oregon to a 6-1 win over Loyola Marymount at PK Park on Sunday.
Baumgartner, making his first career start, sparked a four-run Oregon inning while giving UO a 3-1 lead. Freshman pinch hitter Nick Catalano hit a double to the same spot two pitches later allowing Baumgartner to score and make it 4-1.
Oregon tacked on two runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. With one out, Aaron Payne and Scott Heineman drew back-to-back walks to put runners on first and second. Payne broke from second early and pitcher Carlos Fuentes stepped off and fired the ball wide of third and into foul territory in left field allowing Payne to score and Heineman to move to third. Fuentes then balked sending Heineman home to give the Ducks a 6-1 lead.
Freshman pitcher Cole Irvin (2-0) picked up the win with his second straight impressive start. The lefthander from Yorba Linda, Calif., allowed just one run in eight innings, while striking out three and walking none. Irvin lowered his ERA after two starts to 2.40, while allowing just 11 hits in 15 innings.
Offensively, the Ducks made the most of their opportunities for the second straight game scorings six runs on just four hits. In addition to the first-career hits by Baumgartner and Catalano, freshman catcher Josh Graham had his first career hit and senior shortstop J.J. Altobelli extended his hitting streak to six games with a hit.
Oregon (6-1) won the series taking two of three games from Loyola Marymount (3-4) despite hitting just .131 in the three-game series. The Ducks won Saturday’s game scoring six runs on just two hits.
The Ducks’ pitching held LMU to two runs in the final two games of the series, with the staff compiling a 2.67 ERA in the three-game series.