TEMPE, Ariz. – Mitchell Tolman gave Oregon the lead for good with a two-RBI triple before scoring on a throwing error on the play and the Ducks held on for a 5-4 Pac-12 Conference win in game one of a three-game series at Arizona State on Friday.
Tolman, who was 1-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored, drove a one-ball, one-strike pitch into the left-center field gap to score Mark Karaviotis from second and Tyler Baumgartner from first. Tolman scored when shortstop Drew Stankiewicz’s relay throw got away from third baseman David Greer and ended up in the Sun Devils’ dugout.
Oregon (36-14, 13-9 Pac-12) jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second inning against ASU (24-21, 12-10 Pac-12). Josh Graham drove in the first run with a RBI single to right field scoring Tolman, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.
Graham moved to second on a throwing error by catcher Brian Serven and came around to score when Stankiewicz couldn’t handle an Austin Grebeck ground ball.
The Sun Devils got the runs right back in the bottom of the inning against Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe. Serven drove in two runs with a no-out, bases loaded RBI single that scored Jake Peevyhouse and Tever Allen. Thorpe battled his way out of the jam not allowing any more runs. The Ducks’ lefty retired the next three hitters in order to keep the game tied and set up Tolman’s big hit.
Thorpe (8-4) picked up the win battling his way through five innings. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five while walking two. Jake Reed retired the Sun Devils in order in the ninth to pick up his 11th save. ASU starter Brett Lilek (4-4) took the loss allowing five runs, three earned, on four hits in seven innings while fanning nine.
Graham went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. UO and ASU will play game two of their three-game series on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.