EUGENE, Ore. – Four Oregon pitchers combined to hold Utah without an earned run for the second straight day to lead the Ducks to a 4-1 win over the Utes at PK Park in a Pac-12 Conference game on Saturday.
Freshman Matt Krook picked up his second straight win allowing just one unearned run, while striking out six in five innings. Utah scored a run in the first inning after being shut out on Friday. T.J. Bennett scored the run on a mental error by the Ducks in the first inning on the same play where Oregon committed a throwing error.
Bennett scored all the way from first when shortstop Mark Karaviotis threw the ball away trying to get Wyler Smith at first on an infield hit. Bennett advanced to third on the throw and then scored with the Ducks failed to cover home plate.
Oregon took the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Aaron Payne doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a triple by Tyler Baumgartner. Mitchell Tolman drove in Baumgartner with a sacrifice fly to left field to give Oregon the lead for good.
The Ducks (16-5, 4-1 Pac-12) added two more runs in the seventh. J.B. Bryant started the rally with a single and moved to third on a Jack Kruger ground rule double. Mark Karaviotis gave UO a 3-1 lead with a RBI ground out and Aaron Payne drove in Kruger with a base hit.
Oregon’s bullpen locked Utah (9-12, 0-5 Pac-12) down over the last four innings. Trent Paddon, Garrett Cleavinger and Jake Reed combined to hold the Utes without a hit, while Paddon fanned three. Reed picked up his fifth save and his second in as many days.
Payne led the Ducks going 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
Oregon and Utah wrap up the three-game series Sunday at 11 a.m. Jeff Gold will take the mound with Oregon looking for the sweep.