The Oregon Ducks, led by the pitching of Tommy Thorpe, were able to hold back Loyola Marymount in the second game of a three-game series and came out with a 6-1 victory.
A day after suffering their first loss of the season in the 2013 home opener, the Ducks used an impressive start by Thorpe and not-so-impressive start by Trevor Mcgill of the Lions. In fact, Oregon would manage just two hits on the night–one in the third and one in the seventh.
Fortunately for Oregon, Thorpe could not find the strike zone all night as he hit six Oregon hitters and walked two as well.
And while Mcgill was having a tough time finding the strike zone, Thorpe was able to hit the zone all night long.
In the longest start of his career, Thorpe threw seven innings of four-hit baseball while surrendering just four hits on two walks and six strikeouts. The win was Thorpe’s second of the season and he currently has a 0.75 ERA after two games.
Oregon would be the first team to get on the board when they took advantage of McGill’s inability to throw consistent strikes.
After Steven Packard and Shaun Chase were shut down to give the Lions two quick outs in the inning, McGill hit J.J. Altobelli, walked Aaron Payne, and hit Scott Heineman to load the bases. He would also hit Brett Thomas, advancing all runners one base and plating Altobelli on the play.
Ryon Healy would then come up with one of Oregon’s two hits on the night as he found a way to just sneak a single past LMU shortstop Joey Boney’s glove that scored Payne and Heineman to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead.
And though those would be all the runs Oregon would need to win the game, the Ducks tacked on three more in the seventh inning with the help of a few errors by the LMU defense. A combination of wild pitches and errant throws led to Steven Packard, Chase and Altobelli all scoring in the inning.
While the Lions were able to scratch a run across in the eighth off of Garrett Cleavinger, both he and Jimmie Sherfy would combine to pitch the final two innings, leading the Ducks to their fifth win of the season.
Oregon will look to start the season by taking their first two series of the year when they play Loyola Marymount on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. at PK Park.