NASHVILLE – Brett Thomas’ pinch-hit single in the top of the sixth drove home Ryon Healy with the eventual game-winning run in Oregon’s 4-2 win against No. 17 Vanderbilt (1-4) on Friday.
|TOP 30 SCORES|
|No. 1 Florida 4, William & Mary 1|
|No. 2 South Carolina 8, Elon 2|
|No. 4 Texas A&M 3, Holy Cross 2|
|No. 5 Arkansas 7, Valparaiso 3|
|No. 6 North Carolina 17, Wright State 3|
|No. 7 Rice 6, Dallas Baptist 5|
|FIU 8, No. 8 Florida State 5|
|No. 11 Georgia Tech 12, Ohio State 4|
|Maine 6, No. 15 Clemson 5|
|Oregon 4, No. 17 Vanderbilt 2|
|No. 22 Oklahoma 9, Hartford 6|
|No. 25 Louisville 7, Oakland 4|
|No. 26 Virginia 18, Monmouth 4|
|No. 28 Ole Miss 2, UNC Wilmington 0|
Hurlers Alex Keudell and Jimmie Sherfy did the rest, shutting down the Commodores’ offense to give the Ducks (5-1) their first five-game road winning streak in the program’s modern era (since 2009) and first since April 11 to May 10, 1978.
Keudell (1-1) scattered five hits over seven innings, allowing two runs, walking two and striking out three. Four of those hits came in one frame — the third — when Vanderbilt scored both of its runs.
Sherfy, fresh off Pac-12 pitcher of the week honors, nailed down his first save by retiring all six batters he faced, striking out two.
Brian Miller (0-1) was tagged with the loss for Vanderbilt, allowing two runs on two hits and a pair of walks over 2 1/3 innings. Miller struck out two.
Trailing 2-1 in the fourth, Aaron Jones tied the score with a sacrifice fly, chasing tough-luck starter Kevin Ziomek, who struck out six and did not allow an earned run in 4 2/3 innings of work. Jones also provided the Ducks with an insurance run in the seventh, lacing a double to left to bring home Connor Hofmann.
The Ducks broke through in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of a pair of Vanderbilt miscues. Healy reached on a error by shortstop Anthony Gomez and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Shaun Chase flew out to left, Healy went to third on a fly out to right by Kyle Garlick and scored on Scott Heineman’s two-out bloop single into shallow right center, cutting the Vandy lead to 2-1.
Gomez drove in the game’s first run with a two-out single to left field in the third inning, bringing home Spencer Navin, who had led off the frame with a similar base hit to left. Gomez eventually scored on a Keudell wild pitch to put the Dores up 2-0.