EUGENE, Ore. – Shaun Chase hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to lead Oregon to a 14-8 win over Pacific in a non-conference game Tuesday night at PK Park.
Chase launched his second grand slam in the last 10 days, after Mitchell Tolman was intentionally walked to load the bases, with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning to push the Ducks’ lead to 9-2. The junior added his 10th homer of the season in the eighth, a solo shot that gave UO a 12-8 lead before the Ducks added two more runs later in the inning.
The Ducks took the early lead scoring a run in the first without the benefit of a hit. Aaron Payne led off the inning with a walk, moved to second when Tyler Baumgartner was hit by a pitch. Kyle Garlick pushed the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt and Payne scored on a Tolman RBI ground out to the first baseman.
Pacific (25-24) tied the game with an unearned run in the top of the second but the Ducks answered with a run in their half of the inning. Desmond Santos picked up the RBI with a one-out double that scored Nick Catalano.
Oregon (37-16) added two more runs in the bottom of the third for a 4-1 lead. Tolman added his second RBI of the game with a double that scored Baumgartner from second. Josh Graham drove in Tolman one hitter later with a base hit to right field.
Chase went 2-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored, while Tolman finished 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs. Baumgartner added two hits, with a run scored and a RBI, in three at bats, and Graham went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI.
The Ducks finished the game with seven stolen bases, including two by Payne who is Oregon’s all-time stolen base leader. UO batters were also hit by five pitches with Payne, UO’s all-time leader in hit by pitches, getting plunked twice.
Porter Clayton (2-1) picked up the win allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits while walking five and striking out one. John Haberman (3-3) took the loss for the Tigers allowing four runs on four hits in 2.2 innings.
Oregon opens a three-game series at defending national champion UCLA on Saturday at 7 p.m. All three weekend games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Saturday’s game starting at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s beginning at Noon