EUGENE — Four Oregon pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts to lead the No. 14 Ducks to a 3-1 non-conference win over Portland on Tuesday night at PK Park.
Christian Jones, making his first start since May 28, 2011, because of an elbow injury that forced him to miss all of last season, allowed just two hits in three innings while striking out five. Jeff Gold, who didn’t allow a base runner, fanned seven in four innings to pick up his first win of the season.
Freshman Garrett Cleavinger went an inning-plus striking out two before giving way to All-American closer Jimmie Sherfy with a runner on first and no outs in the ninth. Sherfy picked up his third save of the season, striking out one.
Scott Heineman, Brett Thomas and Ryon Healy all drove in one run each for the Ducks in the win. Heineman, who didn’t have an official at bat, also scored two runs. He was hit by pitches twice, walked once and had a sacrifice fly.
The Ducks (7-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Healy picked up a RBI single to left field, scoring Heineman who had a one-out walk to start the inning.
Oregon added to the lead with runs on sacrifice flies in both the third and fifth innings. Thomas extended the lead to 2-0 in the third with a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Heineman, while Heineman plated J.J. Altobelli with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Oregon returns to action Friday when the Ducks open a three-game series at No. 17 Cal State Fullerton. Oregon head coach George Horton spent 11 seasons in Fullerton, where he compiled a 490-212-1 record and led the Titans to six College World Series appearances, including a national championship in 2004.