TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 11 Arizona snapped No. 10 Oregon’s six-game win streak with a 12-6 victory on Saturday night at Hi Corbett Field.
The Wildcats (30-14, 13-7) evened the Pac-12 weekend series with the Ducks (33-14, 15-8) and the teams will play the rubber game on Sunday at noon.
In the loss, Jake Reed (5-3) allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits and three walks in his shortest outing of the season as the freshman lasted just four and 2/3 innings.
Arizona’s 12 runs are the most the Duck pitching staff has since a 12-6 loss at Washington
State on May 20, 2011. In addition, the Wildcats totaled 15 hits, the most given up Oregon in 2012.
Left fielder Johnny Field led Arizona with a 3-for-5 effort, driving in three runs, which included his first home run of the season – a solo shot – in the bottom of the eighth. Alex Mejia was 4-for-5 at the plate with a RBI and run scored, while Trent Gilbert contributed a 2-for-5 effort, driving in two runs with a run scored.
Arizona freshman Tyler Crawford (1-1) earned the win as the lefty shut out Oregon in four and 1/3 innings of relief, allowing just two hits.
Arizona starter Konner Wade went four innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and four strikeouts.
After Oregon took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second courtesy of a Ryan Hambright RBI single and Aaron Payne two-run triple – the second of his career – the Wildcats answered back quickly.
In the bottom of the second, Arizona scored six runs on seven hits and two errors as Reed surrendered more runs in one inning than he had allowed in an outing all season. After Reed loaded the bases on a double, single and walk, Riley Moore put Arizona on the board with a two-run single. The inning continued as a bunt and error allowed two more runs to score, before a groundout and RBI single brought in the final two runs.
Joey Housey, Jordan Spencer, David Wylie and Billy Flamion each appeared in relief as the staff walked a total of seven batters.
The Ducks totaled 11 hits, including three for extra bases as Brett Thomas hit the first home run of his career, while Kyle Garlick and Payne each tripled.
Ryan Hambright led the Ducks with a 2-for-5 effort, driving in two runs in the second and fifth innings, while also scoring two runs. Payne drove in two runs on a 1-for-4 night, while Garlick finished his night 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
The rubber game is set for noon on Sunday from Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. The Ducks will start right-hander Jeff Gold (6-3, 3.88) against Arizona right-hander James Farris (5-2, 4.61).
Notes: Oregon’s six-game win streak was snapped…the Ducks are now 11-4 vs. ranked opponents…Arizona’s 12 runs are the most Oregon has allowed since a 12-6 loss at Washington State on May 20, 2011…Arizona’s 15 hits were the most the Oregon pitching staff has allowed since a 9-8 loss to Stanford on May 14, 2011…the Ducks have recorded three consecutive games with at least 10 hits…Aaron Payne has 11 RBIs in UO's last 7 games…Brett Thomas hit the first home run of his career in the top of third on a solo shot over the right field wall, the 24th round-tripper for the Ducks this season.