Four Ducks earn first-team all-league honors

EUGENE, Ore. – Six Ducks were honored by the Pac-12 when the 2014 all-conference baseball team was announced Wednesday.

Starting pitcher Tommy Thorpe, closer Jake Reed, infielder Mitchell Tolman and catcher Shaun Chase were named to the all-conference team. Starting pitcher Jeff Gold and second baseman Aaron Payne received honorable mention.

Oregon (42-18, 18-12 Pac-12) finished fourth in the conference this spring. The Ducks open NCAA Regional play against Clemson on Friday at 10 a.m., at a regional hosted by Vanderbilt.

Thorpe earned all-conference honors for the second year in a row. The junior left-hander is tied with Gold for third in the Pac-12 with 10 wins, ranks fifth in the conference with 86 strikeouts and is sixth with a 2.20 ERA.

Tolman led the Ducks with a .315 average in the regular season while splitting time between first base and third base. The sophomore's 17 doubles lead the Pac-12, he ranks third with 45 RBIs and is fifth with 41 runs.

Reed, a junior right-hander, made the successful conversion from starter to closer this spring. Called upon to

replace UO career saves leader Jimmie Sherfy, Reed saved 13 games in the regular season, second in the Pac-12.

Chase, a junior catcher, leads the Pac-12 in home runs with 12. A career .194 hitter entering this spring, Chase hit .281 overall and .300 in conference play.

Along with his 10 wins, Gold has allowed just eight walks this season, fewest among Pac-12 starters. His fellow senior Payne is third in the conference with 44 runs and fifth in stolen bases with 12.

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