Noll shines as Ducks down Riverside
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Zack Noll threw five no-hit innings and freshmen drove in seven of Oregon's 10 runs Monday as the Ducks won for the third time in four games by beating UC Riverside, 10-6, in a nonconference baseball Monday at the Riverside Sports Complex.
Noll's fourth start of the season was the freshman's best. He faced one batter over the minimum. Noll (2-2) struck out seven and walked two, using a pickoff to erase one of those two base runners and preventing the Highlanders from putting a runner in scoring position while he was on the mound.
The Ducks (29-23) wasted no time providing run support for Noll, scoring twice in the first. Kyle Kasser led off with a single, Morgan McCullough followed with a walk and each moved up two bases on a wild pitch and a throwing error. McCullough came in on a Spencer Steer sacrifice fly that gave Oregon a 2-0 lead.
Taylor Travess, who stole home for the winning run Sunday at USC, used his speed to produce another run Monday. After Gabe Matthews singled and moved to third on two ground outs, Travess beat out a hit to shortstop that scored Matthews for a 3-0 lead. Travess later scored during Oregon's two-run seventh inning, which also featured an RBI single by McCullough that scored A.J. Balta.
UC Riverside made it 5-2 in the seventh on a two-out, two-run double by Cody Sporrer.
The Ducks answered with a Matthew Dyer sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth, and tacked on four more in the ninth when Steer drove in two with a single and Matthews followed with his third home run. UC Riverside rallied for four runs in the ninth.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Sugar Grove, Ill., Oregon wrapped up the stroke play portion of the NCAA tournament with a 20-over 308 at Rich Harvest Farms.
The Ducks (333, 319, 308—960) finished stroke play in 24th and last place.
Sophomore Kathleen Scavo led Oregon with a par 72.
Oregon State's Susie Cavanaugh shot an 84 in her finale.