HONOLULU – Sophomore right-hander Jimmie Sherfy struck out Hawai’i left fielder Kaeo Aliviado with the bases loaded as Oregon (1-1) held off the Rainbows (1-1) in a 3-2, 12-inning victory on Saturday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
Sherfy (1-0) was filthy, tossing five and 2/3 innings of shutout relief and striking out 13 to earn his first win in an Oregon uniform. From the 10th through the first out of the 12th inning, Sherfy fanned six consecutive batters.
Sophomore second baseman Aaron Payne had given Oregon its 3-2 lead in the top of the 12th after driving a one-out double into left center. Payne then stole third, and as Hawai’i pitcher Patrick O’Rourke bounced his offering to J.J. Altobelli in front of the plate, Payne was able to score on the wild pitch.
Patrick O’Rourke (0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing one run on two hits in two innings on the mound.
Payne led the Ducks with a 4-for-5 effort, as the clubs combined to leave 24 runners on base (16 Hawai’i, 8 Oregon). Altobelli, Aaron Jones and Ryon Healy led the Ducks with two hits apiece as Oregon totaled 13 hits for the game.
Oregon fell behind early in the bottom of the third as Hawai’i capitalized on two hits and three Oregon errors to take 2-0 lead. Collin Bennett’s RBI single plated Aliviado, who led off the bottom of the third with a single. Errors did the rest of the damage as Bennett moved from first to third courtesy of an errant pick off attempt from Oregon starter Jake Reed. Bennett then scored unearned on a Thomas Walker throwing error.
The Ducks tied the game in the top of the sixth thanks to their first extra-base hit of the season as Brett Hambright’s two-run double evened the score 2-2. Healy led off the inning with a single followed by a base hit from Shaun Chase, as Kyle Garlick’s sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position for Hambright.
UH starter Jarett Arakawa finished his evening having tossed five and 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four.
David Longville tossed four and 2/3 shutout innings in relief of Arakawa, retiring 11 of the first 12 Oregon batters he faced and fanning three.
Reed tossed six innings allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out four in his first career start.
Game three of the series is set for a 3:05 p.m. (PT) first pitch from Les Murakami Stadium on Sunday.
Notes: Jake Reed was the first Oregon freshman to start in a weekend series since Ryon Healy received the nod vs. Wichita State on March 27, 2011 at PK Park…Reed recorded his first career strikeout in the bottom of the first, fanning Max Duval for the third out…Brett Hambright’s two-run double in the sixth was Oregon’s first extra-base hit of the season…Aaron Payne is the first Duck to have four hits in a game since Brett Hambright on May 10, 2011 vs. Seattle in Tacoma…Jimmie Sherfy’s five and 2/3 innings pitched and 13 strikeouts were both career highs…Sherfy was the first Duck since Christian Jones (vs. BYU, March 12, 2011) to strike out six consecutive batters.