#19 Oregon 10, #14 Washington 3

SEATTLE - Garrett Cleavinger struck out Robert Pehl with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning to preserve a three run lead and 19th ranked Oregon went on to beat #14 Washington 10-3 in the opener of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on a cloudy 55 degree Friday night.

1,982 fans, the largest home crowd of the season, saw an eight game conference and overall 10 game winning streak come to an end for the Huskies (8-2 Pac-12, 20-6-1). They also saw the Huskies suffer their first home loss of the season after eight straight wins between Tacoma's Cheney Stadium and the new ballpark.

The Ducks (7-3, 22-8) seemed to lead comfortably at 6-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. After Trevor Mitsui popped out to first to lead off the inning, Brian Wolfe singled. Austin Rei grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out, but then Alex Schmidt walked and Erik Forgione singled to load the bases.

Oregon decided to bring in Cleavinger from the bullpen for Darrell Hunter, and he proceeded to walk Braden Bishop to force home Rei and then walked Andrew Ely on four pitches to score Schmidt. That brought Pehl to the plate representing the go-ahead run if he could hit a grand slam. Pehl got ahead in the count 2-1 but then took called strike two and struck out swinging to end the eighth with the Ducks still up 6-3.

Oregon then broke the game open with four runs on five hits against Trevor Dunlap in the top of the ninth, highlighted by a two run triple down the right field line off the bat of Kyle Garlick. Austin Grebeck and Kevin Minjares added run scoring singles.

Tommy Thorpe (4-3) started on the mound for Oregon and got the win, allowing one run, earned, on eight hits in five and two thirds innings. He walked one and struck out six.

The only run he allowed came in the bottom of the second. Wolfe got hit by a pitch leading off, took second on a sacrifice, and scored on a line drive single to left center by Schmidt, tying the game at 1.

Jared Fisher (2-3) started for the Huskies and got the loss, lasting five and a third innings and allowing five runs, all earned, on four hits and five walks while striking out three. He pitched himself into trouble with the bases on balls, issuing free passes to the leadoff batter in both the second and third innings.

In the second Mitchell Tolman walked, took second when Shaun Chase reached on a bunt base hit, moved to third on a sacrifice by J. B. Bryant, and scored on a sacrifice fly to dead center by Garlick to give Oregon a 1-0 lead. In the third, Mark Karaviotis led off with Fisher's second walk of the game, took second on a sacrifice, got balked to third, and scored along with Tyler Baumgartner, who also walked, when Tolman doubled into the left field corner to make it 3-1.

The Ducks used a bases loaded walk and sacrifice fly to make it 5-1 in in the sixth, and added another run to make it 6-1 in the eighth when Bryant scored on a wild pitch by Brandon Choate.

Washington and Oregon resume the three game series with another night game at Husky Ballpark at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tyler Davis (5-1, 1.38) will start for the Huskies and Matt Krook (2-1, 1.88) for the Ducks.


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