Oregon starting pitcher Tommy Thorpe had a career night for the Ducks, not that they needed it. A seven-run fourth inning broke the game open for the Ducks, who beat Ohio State 8-2 at PK Park on Friday night.
The Ducks held a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth, which started with an infield popout from Mitchell Tolman. But Tolman would come up again in the inning and provide Thorpe with an 8-0 cushion going into the fifth.
Left fielder Kyle Garlick started Oregon’s fourth inning rally with a booming triple to left field. Tim Wetzel almost made an impressive catch at the wall but couldn’t quite corral it. A.J. Balta drew a walk next, and Designated hitter J.B. Bryant drove Garlick in with a single to left center. Catcher Jack Kruger then drew a walk and shortstop Mark Karaviotis hit a sacrifice fly to left field. Second baseman Aaron Payne got hit by a pitch, and center fielder Austin Grebeck drove home Bryant and Kruger with a single. Right fielder Tyler Baumgartner then drove Payne home, and Tolman topped it off with a deep double to right center.
Oregon’s first run came in the second inning, when Karviotis hit a sharp ground ball to third base that Jacob Bosiokovic couldn’t handle. Karaviotis didn’t record a hit in the game, but he hit the ball well and recorded two fantastic plays in the first two innings to save hits.
Thorpe pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, no walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts.
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