The University of Oregon baseball team recorded its first complete game of the season as the Ducks used an impressive effort by starter Cole Irvin to propel themselves over the visiting Washington Huskies by a score of 8-0.
Scattering just four hits over the course of nine innings, Irvin’s complete game shutout also gave Oregon a sweep over Washington, forwarding the Ducks’ conference record to an impressive 8-1. They currently have three more conference wins than Oregon State, whose record in the Pac-12 stands at 5-1.
The Ducks got the game started off quickly, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first off a Ryon Healy RBI single and a Steven Packard squeeze bunt. After Brett Thomas got things going for Oregon by reaching base on an error committed by UW first baseman Trevor Matsui and eventually found his way into scoring position, Healy delivered the first blow of the game as he laced a single to plate the Ducks’ runner. Packard would then lay down an impressive squeeze that saw Healy score from third.
Using Irvin’s impressive pitching to start the game, Oregon would further capitalize in the fourth inning when they plated their final four runs of the game. After both Josh Graham and Aaron Payne found their way on base, Connor Hoffman launched a double into left field that extended the Ducks’ lead to 4-0. Hoffman would eventually come around to score after moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by J.J. Altobelli and an RBI fielder’s choice by Tyler Baumgartner.
Healy then plated Oregon’s final run of the game with an RBI single, scoring Thomas. Of their nine hits on the night, the Ducks would record all of them in the first four innings of the game.
Walking away with the loss in the final game between Oregon and Washington was Tyler Davis, the Huskies’ starter. Davis pitched three innings, giving up four runs–two earned–and seven hits while striking out two Ducks. Zach Wright would be the other UW pitcher to give up runs on the day, pitching 1 2/3 innings while surrendering two hits, two runs and three walks.
Jacob Coats, Trevor Dunlap, and Tyler Kane closed out the game for the Huskies, with all three combining to pitch a perfect final 3 1/3 innings for the visitors.
Irvin was by far the most impressive player on the field on Saturday night, throwing nine strong innings, giving up four hits and one walk that were effectively annulled by his 11 strikeouts.
The Ducks will take the coming week off before returning to action against Arizona State on Friday. First pitch for the start of the three-game series is set for 6:30 pm in Tempe, Arizona.
Below are a series of photos by photographer Gary Breedlove