Oregon downs Cal in series opener
EUGENE — Tommy Thorpe pitched a complete game as Oregon defeated California 5-1 on Thursday in a Pac-12 game at PK Park.
Thorpe allowed six hits and one run, striking out eight and walking just one. He went eight scoreless for the fourth time in his career, and the second this season, before recording an out in the ninth for the first time.
Cal starter Daulton Jefferies matched Thorpe pitch for pitch early on, facing the minimum through four and not allowing a hit until there were two out in the fifth. Oregon (42-16, 18-10 Pac-12) broke through for four runs in that fifth inning, however, and tacked on another in the seventh.
The Ducks actually took a 1-0 lead before recording a hit, after Mitchell Tolman walked, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a groundball out and scored on a fielder's choice. Freshman shortstop Mark Karaviotis drove in a run with the Ducks' first hit of the night, another came home on an error and Tyler Baumgartner had an RBI single two batters later.
"I had two strikes, just had to do whatever I could to put a ball in play," Karaviotis said.
Karaviotis also had a great vantage point for Thorpe's gem. Oregon's normal Friday night starter, Thorpe won his fourth straight start, despite battling command issues with his breaking stuff in the middle innings.
The win was the 19th of Thorpe's career, four shy of the UO record held by Alex Keudell and Jeff Gold, who will try to break it tonight against the Golden Bears (7 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks).