Oregon St. senior pitcher Taylor Starr was the star of the Beavers' 7-1 win over Oregon in Tuesday night's first battle of this season's Civil War series at PK Park in Eugene. Starr scattered 5 hits and a walk while allowing only 1 run in 7 innings against the Ducks, while striking out 7, and picked up his 4th win of the season, against a single loss.
The only hit that wound up mattering came in the 3rd inning, with Oregon St. already ahead 6-0, when Connor Hoffman singled to lead off, and went on to score on a wild pitch, after 2 infield ground-outs.
The Beavers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, when Ryan Gorton singled and Ryan Dunn drew a walk, setting the table for some successful small-ball. Ryan Barnes bunted to move the runners up, Dylan Davis grounded out to score Gorton, and Jake Rodriguez singled to score Dunn.
But the real damage was done in the third inning, when Joey Matthews and Tyler Smith led off with back to back doubles, which scored the first of 4 runs, and disposed of Ducks starter Jordan Spencer, who threw a no-hitter at Portland in his last outing, but took the loss last night.
Billy Flamion took over, but didn't bring his control with him from the bull pen. Flamion hit Michael Conforto with a pitch, walked Gorton to load the bases, and then launched a wild pitch that Smith scored on.
Flamion got Ryan Dunn to ground out, but that scored Conforto, and Gorton scored on Flamion's third wild pitch of the inning.
Oregon St. added another run in the fourth, when Matthews doubled again to drive in John Tommasini, who had just singled.
Oregon pitching settled down, shutting Oregon St. out the rest of the way, but with Starr's strong performance backed up by Cole Brocker in the 8th. and Scott Schultz in the 9th, not all of the nearly 2,100 who bought tickets were still there to see it when with 2 outs, the Ducks got 3 consecutive singles to load the bases. Schultz got Ryon Healy to get underneath a pitch and flyout to right to end the uprising and the game.
Oregon St. (27-12, 8-7) extended their winning streak to 3 games, and the Beavers have now won 9 of their last 10 as they head to Los Angeles for a Pac-12 series against USC (20-16, 5-9) this weekend. The Trojans are on a 2 game losing streak, after losing 1-0 to Long Beach St. last night.
Oregon (27-13, 11-7) saw their losing streak extended to 3 games, after dropping Pac-12 games last Saturday and Sunday to Washington St. The Ducks continue their current home stand this weekend, with a conference series from California (23-15, 7-8).