EUGENE, Ore. – No. 25 Oregon scored three runs in the seventh inning to break a tie and then held off a UC Riverside ninth-inning rally in a 6-5 non-conference win at PK Park on Sunday afternoon. The Ducks completed a three-game sweep of the Highlanders with the win.
Mitchell Tolman gave Oregon the early lead with a RBI single scoring Aaron Payne who reached base with a leadoff hit by pitch. Payne stole second, his 40th career stolen base which tied Don Reynolds (1972-75) for the career record at Oregon, to get into scoring position.
UCR rallied with two runs off Trent Paddon, who was making his first career start, in the top of the fourth inning to take its first lead of the series. After Paddon hit David Andriese and gave up a ground rule double to Matthew Ellis, Drake Zarate singled to left field to drive in both runners.
The Highlanders added a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth to push the lead to 3-1, but the Ducks rallied to tie it at three in the bottom of the sixth. Tyler Baumgartner led off the inning with a solo home run, his first of the season, to cut the lead in half.
The Ducks added three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead. Kyle Garlick came up with the key hit doubling to right center to score Baumgartner and Tolman. Shaun Chase drove in Garlick on a squeeze bunt to give the Ducks a 6-3 lead.
Garlick went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Baumgartner was 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored. Tolman finished 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored.
Oregon returns to action Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. when the Ducks host San Diego in a non-league game.