The Ducks set the tone for this weekend's three game set with an 8-2 win over the Ohio State University Buckeyes in the series opener.
The fourteenth ranked Ducks improved their record to 11-3 with the win, and looked like a completely different team after being swept by Cal-State Fullerton last weekend.
The Ducks got on the board first with one run in the second inning.
Kyle Garlick led off the inning with a single and was thrown out at second after an A.J. Balta infield pop-up was dropped.
J.B. Bryant then moved Balta to second with a drag-bunt hit to give the Ducks runners on first and second with one out.
The Ducks followed with a successful double-steal, and two at-bats later Balta scored on an error by Ohio State third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic.
In the third inning, Garlick launched a left field to third for the Ducks with one out, and two batters later scored on a Bryant single.
The Ducks blew the game open with a seven-run four inning, including a bloop single by Tyler Baumgartner that brought in two runs.
"The fourth inning was huge for us," Bumgartner said. "We just got a couple of guys on the start the inning and then it was just kind of contagious."
Baumgartner went 2-for-4 and and scored a run, and Austin Grebeck went 1-for-4 and drove in two for the Ducks.
UO starter Tommy Thorpe picked up his second win of the season. He scattered just two hits over seven innings and struckout a career high ten batters.
Thorpe said he felt like it was important to have a positive start after his last outing against Cal-State Fullerton which resulted in a loss. He said he received a huge boost of confidence after his defense made a couple big plays in the first inning.
"The first inning was three line drives or pop-ups, however you wanna look at it," Thorpe said. "But after that, I was dialed in."
Freshman leftie Matt Krook is slated to start Saturday's 12:00 game on the hill for the Ducks. Krook has posted a 27 strikeouts and a 2.33 ERA so far this season in three starts, all of which have resulted in no-decisions.