Oregon races by Seattle

EVERETT, Wash. — Freshman Mitchell Tolman went 3-for-4 with seven RBIs to lead the No. 11 Oregon baseball team to a 12-7 nonconference win over Seattle on Tuesday.

Tolman finished with the most RBIs by a Duck player since Jack Marder had eight against Nevada on March 9, 2010.

Ryon Healy added three RBIs while going 2-for-3 with two runs scored before leaving the game in the fourth inning after he was hit in the face by wild throw. Brett Thomas and Aaron Payne both scored four runs with Payne going 2-for-4 with a walk, while Thomas was 1-for-2 with two walks. Ryan Hambright went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Christian Jones (1-1) picked up the win in relief, while Derek Smith got his first career save by allowing no runs over the final three innings.

Oregon pushed its lead to 5-2 in the third when Healy picked up two RBIs with a double to left field that scored Thomas and Payne. Healy scored on an RBI groundout by Tolman.

Seattle matched Oregon's three runs with three of its own in the third. Sean Narby, Cullen Hendrickson and Cash McGuire all had RBIs to make it 5-5 after three innings.

Healy singled and drove in Thomas in the fourth to put the Ducks back in the lead 6-5. Tolman added a two-RBI single to left that scored Payne and Healy and gave Oregon an 8-5 lead.

Seattle cut the lead to 8-6 with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Oregon added two more in the sixth to push the lead to 10-6. Craig Meredith, playing for Healy, doubled to drive in Payne. Tolman followed with his fifth RBI of the game, scoring pinch runner Kevin Minjares with a single to left.

The two teams wrap up their two-game series today with a game at 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

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