TACOMA, Wash. – Christian Jones was nearly untouchable on the mound, and backed by one of Oregon’s better offensive performances, the Ducks defeated Seattle, 10-5, on Tuesday night at Cheney Stadium.
Oregon (24-23) totaled a season-high 19 hits in the victory, scoring 10 runs, including a five-run eighth inning. For the Ducks, it was their 15th game with at least 10 hits in 2011.
Jones (5-2) mesmerized Seattle’s offense as he surrendered just one unearned run – the last batter he faced that reached on an Oregon fielding error – in seven and 1/3 innings on the hill.The southpaw allowed just two hits and issued only two walks while fanning seven.
Seattle (18-25) did all of its damage after Jones exited the game, scoring five runs in the eighth and ninth innings on five hits and two UO errors.
Jones, pitching on his mother's birthday, recorded his fifth quality start of the season, and in his last three starts has allowed just one earned run on 12 hits and four walks in 21 and 1/3 innings.
Oregon left fielder Kyle Garlick led the Ducks with a 3-for-5 performance as he drove in five runs – a season high for the Ducks this season. In the top of the eighth, the freshman drove a bases-clearing triple to right center – part of a five-run inning for Oregon.
The Ducks had a 10-0 advantage after scoring five runs on four hits and two errors in the top of the eighth.
Junior Brett Hambright was a perfect 4-for-4 on the evening, driving in a run and scoring a run. Freshman Brett Thomas scored two runs and went 3-for-4, while Danny Pulfer had a 2-for-5 day. Ryon Healy was 2-for-3 with a RBI.
Doug Kincaid of Seattle launched two-out, three-run homer that scored Seattle’s first three runs in the eighth while the Redhawks added two runs in the bottom of the ninth on four hits.
Three consecutive singles scored two runs for the Ducks in the top of the second as Hambright’s RBI single plated J.J. Altobell to score the Ducks’ first run. With runners once again at first and third, McGough’s RBI fielder’s choice plated Payne from third.
In the top of the fifth, Oregon added a run and took a 3-0 advantage as Thomas led off the inning with a single to left. He was sacrificed to second before scoring on Healy’s RBI single.
The Ducks added two runs to take a 5-0 lead in the top of the seventh when Garlick laced a one-out, two-run double down the left field line after Thomas singled and Aaron Jones was issued a walk to lead off the inning.
The Ducks and Redhawks will play again at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.
Notes: Oregon junior Scott McGough made his first start at shortstop since May 16, 2010…Aaron Payne made his first start at second base since March 19 vs. San Diego…Oregon is 10-5 when recording at least 10 hits in a game…the Ducks had a season high 19 hits….Jimmie Sherfy made his second appearance on the mound this season and first since March 19..Kyle Garlick hit the first triple of his Oregon career.