Eugene, ORE. – The No. 14 Oregon Ducks couldn’t capitalize on two early bases loaded situations and Loyola Marymount took advantage with a four-run fifth inning in a 7-2 LMU win at PK Park on Friday night.
Oregon (4-1) loaded the bases in both the first and second innings but didn’t score either time. In the bottom of the first, the Ducks loaded the bases thanks to a handful of miscues by the Lions (3-2).
LMU allowed leadoff hitter Aaron Payne to reach on a wild pitch on strike three, before he moved to second on a balk and third on a single by Scott Heineman. After an out, Ryon Healy walked to load the bases, but LMU starter Colin Welmon got Ryan Hambright to fly out to shallow left field before striking out Kyle Garlick to end the inning.
Welmon allowed the Ducks to load the bases again in the second inning, but he got out of the inning striking out Brett Thomas to keep the game scoreless through two.
Loyola Marymount made Oregon pay with one run in the fourth and four runs in the fifth chasing Oregon starter Jake Reed. The Lions pushed four runs across in the fifth thanks to three hits and a Duck error.
Oregon got on the board in the seventh when Heineman doubled to left field scoring J.J. Altobelli who led off the inning with a walk.
LMU added a pair of runs on three hits in the ninth inning against junior Darrell Hunter. Payne picked up a RBI scoring Altobelli on a ground ball out in the ninth to account for the Ducks’ final run.
Heineman led Oregon going 3-for-3 with two walks and a RBI. Altobelli went 1-for-1 with two runs scored, two walks and a hit by pitch in his four plate appearances.
Reed took the loss allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in five innings. He struck out eight. Welmon (1-1) got the win holding Oregon scoreless through six innings before leaving the game. He had nine strikeouts.
Oregon and Loyola Marymount will play game two of the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. at PK Park.