Oregon cruises past Austin Peay
Reed fires seven scoreless innings, Ducks fly to Super Regionals
EUGENE, Ore. -- Jake Reed pitched seven scoreless innings and Brett Thomas had three RBIs as Oregon finished off the Eugene Regional with an 8-1 victory against Austin Peay on Sunday night.
With the win, the Ducks (45-17) advanced out of the regionals for the first time since 1954. Baseball returned to Oregon in 2009 after the university eliminated the sport in 1981.
“Obviously we’re very proud and excited to bring a regional title back to Oregon,” Ducks head coach George Horton said, who left a perennial College World Series team at Cal State Fullerton to revive the program five years ago. “This is why I came here.”
Oregon went 3-0 at the regional this weekend and Sunday got its second victory against the Governors (40-24).
Oregon needed two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Austin Peay 6-5 Friday night. No comeback was necessary this time. Reed (7-4), Oregon’s No. 2 starter, was brillant from the start. The freshman allowed just two hits over seven innings with a career-high eight strikeouts.
“It was a big deal for us to get this done in three (games),” Reed said. “That was right there in the back of my mind.”
Joey Housey finished off the win with two innings of one-hit relief. The Oregon offense backed Reed up with some early run production. The Ducks went up 1-0 in the first, scoring on a fielder’s choice by Thomas. They added two more in the third on a single by Thomas and sacrifice fly by Kyle Garlick.
Oregon, masterful at manufacturing runs all weekend, extended its lead in the fourth on a squeeze bunt, sac fly and RBI single to go up 6-0.
“It definitely helps you out to get that run support,” Reed said. “That’s what we’ve been able to do all season long.”
Brett Hambright added a two-run home run in the seventh inning to make it 8-0. Greg Bachman had two of the Governors’ three hits, including a double to lead off the ninth inning. He eventually scored on a fielding error by Oregon second baseman Aaron Payne.
Starter Kacy Kemmer (2-1) took the loss despite throwing just two innings. The Governors used seven pitchers altogether. Austin Peay needed a 3-0 win against Cal State Fullerton earlier Sunday to advance to the game against Oregon.
“The guys gave us a chance to get it down to one game but we just didn’t have enough,” Austin Peay coach Gary McClure said. “But we ran into a guy who threw the ball really well.”