Friday night No. 14 Oregon lost the first of a three game series against No. 17 Cal State Fullerton 8-2. With the loss, Oregon falls to 7-2 while the Titans remain unbeaten at 9-0.
For the second straight appearance, Oregon ace Jake Reed struggled in the fifth inning after a strong showing in the first four. Reed finished the game with 5.2 innings pitched, giving up four earned runs and eight overall.
Thomas Eshelman pitched a complete game for the Titans, allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out six.
Oregon, as they have most of the season, struggled to hit the ball. The Ducks only got four hits, and all came from the usual suspects. Ryon Healy went 2-4, leading the Ducks, while Brett Thomas and J.J. Altobelli both went 1-3.
Turning Point. Similar to Reed’s outing against LMU, he again have up three runs in the fifth inning to break the game open. After giving up a single and then walking Cal State Fullerton’s Clay Williamson. The Titans then bunted to advance the runners, who scored on a wild pitch.
The Ducks continued to give up runs in the sixth due to poor fielding, including an in-the-park home run on a ball Kyle Garlick had difficulty fielding. Aaron Payne also had trouble fielding a ball that lead to a Titans score.
On the Horizon. The Ducks won’t have to wait long for redemption as they play again Saturday at 6p.m. Tommy Thorpe will take the mound for the Ducks and face the Titans’ Justin Garza. Both are undefeated in two contests apiece.