EUGENE, Ore. -- Aaron Jones
loves PK Park.
Oregon's freshman right fielder had the crucial hit - a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning - to help the Ducks to a 6-3 comeback victory over BYU and snap UO's season-long three-game skid Thursday night.
Jones, who leads the team with a .327 overall batting average, is now hitting .471 at home after a 2 for 4 night that saw him drive in three.
Tyler Anderson (2-0) pitched eight strong innings, allowing two runs - one earned - on four hits. The southpaw walked three and struck out 12, giving him 38 strikeouts over his past three starts, spanning 23 1/3 innings of work.
Trailing 2-0 after five, the Ducks (6-7) finally got to BYU starter Chris Capper (0-2) in the sixth. The right-hander, who was perfect through four and retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced, was removed after walking the bases loaded. Reliever Matthew Neil forced a runner at the plate on Andrew Mendenhall 's comebacker to the mound, but walked the next batter - Jack Marder - forcing in a run.
Neil struck out Tyler Kuresa swingng for the second out of the sixth, but Jones followed with a single to right to push Oregon ahead 3-2.
All three runs in the frame were charged to Capper, who had an otherwise impressive pitching line of five innings, one hit, three walks and five strikeouts.
The Ducks tacked on another three-spot in the bottom of the eighth to take a 6-2 lead, scoring two on a double by Marder and the other on a safety squeeze bunt single by Jones.
The Cougars (8-5) didn't go quietly, loading the bases in the ninth with a single, double and walk against UO closer Scott McGough , and scratching out a run when Kelton Caldwell was hit by a pitch. With the potential tying run at first base, McGough got Dane Nielsen to pop out to short to end the game.
BYU had its chances against Anderson early on as the leadoff man reached base in each of the first four innings, but the Cougars could only cash in single runs in the second and third.
The second game of the series is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.
NOTES: Marder had to leave the game in the eighth after being hit by the ball on a pickoff attempt at second base ... KC Serna and Marcus Piazzisi scored two runs apiece ... BYU's Ryan Bernal, who came in batting .447 on the season with 10 extra-base hits, was 2 for 3 and scored twice ... Anderson did not allow a hit after the fourth inning ... Jones also had a pair of stolen bases.