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No. 15 Ducks Drop Series Opener Against No. 2 Vanderbilt
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/08/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. - Ryon Healy hit a solo home run but that was all the offense No. 15 Oregon could muster in a 4-1 loss to No. 2 Vanderbilt on Friday night at PK Park.

Both teams threatened in the first but couldn't score. Vanderbilt put runners on first and second with one out, but Jake Reed struck out the four and five hitters, Connor Harrell and Mike Yastrzemski, to get out of the inning.

Aaron Payne gave Oregon (10-4) a one-out double down the right field line in the bottom of the first before stealing third. Payne couldn't score making an out in a rundown on a ground ball back to Commodore pitcher Kevin Ziomek by Healy.

Healy advanced to second on the rundown and a walk by Brett Thomas gave the Ducks runners at first and second with two outs, but Nick Catalano struck out to end the inning.

Reed got in trouble again in the second inning but couldn't get out of it unharmed. After a base hit and a hit batter, Tony Kemp tripled to left center driving in two to give the Commodores (14-1) the lead. Jack Lupo made it 3-0 with a RBI single scoring Kemp.

Healy cut the lead to two launching a fourth inning leadoff home run, his second of the season, over the left field wall.

Reed, who took the loss falling to 1-3, settled in after the three-run second retiring 13 straight hitters before a leadoff single in the seventh by Vanderbilt. He left the game after seven innings allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven.

Vanderbilt added an unearned run in the top of the ninth off reliever Darrell Hunter to make it 4-1.

Ziomek got the win pitching a complete game, his second of the season.  The Vanderbilt left-hander allowed just two hits, while striking out 13 and walking just one. Tony Kemp went 2-of-4 with a run scored and two RBI to lead the Commodores offense.

The Ducks will host the Commodores in game two of the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m. at PK Park.

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