Oregon Baseball Edges by Washington State, 5-3
Timely hitting by the Oregon baseball team (35-11, 17-5) in the ninth secured another Friday win for the Ducks, who would win 5-3 over Washington State (20-21, 7-12). Mitchell Tolman continued his road trip hot streak with three RBI, and after a strong outing from Tommy Thorpe, the bullpen held the bottom half scoreless.
The scoring started with Tolman driving in the three runs of the first three innings. It would be a barrage that forced opposing pitcher Joe Pistorese out after two outs of the fourth inning. And after 2 earned runs and three total in the fourth and sixth innings, Thorpe would have to sit.
The game remained knotted at three until Ryon Healy hit to shortstop Ian Sagdal, who couldn’t handle the ball, which allowed Brett Thomas to score. Thomas was 4-for-5 on the day and ran in two runs. A fielder’s choice RBI by Scott Heineman scored Aaron Payne to set the final score. Payne and Tolman both went 2-for-3, with Payne running in three runs.
Jimmie Sherfy shut the door in the home half, and the Ducks’ bullpen faced the requisite eight batters after Thorpe left. Darrell Hunter had a strikeout and no hits or walks in two faced; Garrett Cleavinger got his fifth win (5-0), striking out the side in the eighth; and Sherfy earned his 15th save, sitting down one Cougar on strikes and otherwise retiring the side in order.
Cole Irvin will be on the mound today at 2 p.m. to play game two.