EUGENE, Ore. – Tommy Thorpe rebounded from a bad outing with a dominant performance to lead No. 14 Oregon to an 8-2 non-conference win over Ohio State in game one of a three-game series at PK Park on Friday night.
Thorpe (2-1) struck out a career-high 10 batters while limiting the Buckeyes to just two hits in seven scoreless innings. The Ducks’ junior lefty allowed just two base runners giving up a leadoff single in the third and a one-out single in the sixth.
Thorpe’s seven shutout innings helped Oregon (11-3) extend a streak of scoreless innings against the Buckeyes, that started in game one of a three-game series in Columbus, Ohio, last season, to 30. Ohio State (7-4) finally scored in the eighth to end the streak that started in the seventh inning of an 11-inning win by Oregon in game one of that series. Oregon shut out the Buckeyes in the final two games last season, a scoreless streak that reached 23 innings coming into Friday night’s game.
Thorpe got plenty of help from the Ducks’ offense with most of it coming in a seven-run fourth inning. Oregon entered the fourth leading 1-0 and wasted no time getting to OSU starter Greg Greve (2-1).
Junior Kyle Garlick started the rally with a one-out triple deep to left field and scored on a single by junior designated hitter J.B. Bryant. Freshman shortstop Mark Karaviotis made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored fellow freshman A.J. Balta.
The Ducks added three more run-scoring hits in the inning. Freshman Austin Grebeck delivered a two-run single up the middle that drove in Bryant and freshman Jack Kruger. Senior Tyler Baumgartner picked up two RBI with a single to right field that scored senior Aaron Payne and Grebeck. Sophomore Mitchell Tolman, who popped out to lead off the inning, capped the scoring with a double to right-center field that scored Baumgartner.
Garlick extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-for-4 night with a run scored. Baumgartner had his eighth multi-hit game of the season going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Austin Grebeck had a season-high two RBI, while J.B. Bryant went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.
The Ducks and Buckeyes will meet in game two of the series Saturday at 4 p.m. at PK Park.