Jeff Gold shut out San Francisco in five innings of work, helping No. 16 Oregon to a 4-1 victory over the Dons at PK Park on Tuesday afternoon.
In his fourth start of the year, Gold (4-2) held the Dons (14-22) without a hit through five innings, and struck out three. After an Oregon (22-9) fielding error to start the game, the right-hander retired 15 consecutive batters.
Brando Tessar, Joey Housey and Alex Keudell combined to pitch the final four innings of the game, holding USF to one unearned run on two hits and two walks. Oregon’s two hits allowed was a season low for the staff as San Francisco picked up its first hit in the seventh.
Sophomore Ryon Healy doubled Oregon’s lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth with a double off the wall in left as J.J. Altobelli and Aaron Jones scored after each singled earlier in the inning.
USF left-hander Christian Cecilio (1-4) took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits and one walk despite striking out six.
Oregon took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back hits as Aaron Payne reached on an infield single, and Jones drove him in with a double over the head of USF left fielder Ted LeMasters.
The Ducks added a run in the third to take a 2-0 advantage as Payne’s sacrifice bunt scored Connor Hofmann from third.
Altobelli and Jones led the Ducks with two hits apiece.
USF’s run came in the ninth after Jason Mahood was walked, but reached third on an error before scoring on Nik Balog’s fielder’s choice.
Oregon returns to action on the road Friday, playing its third consecutive weekend series against a ranked opponent as the Ducks travel to sixth-ranked Stanford. The series opens at 5:30 p.m., Friday at Sunken Diamond.
Notes: Daniel Pardini (right field) and Kevin Shepherd (third base) made the first starts of their careers…Oregon now leads the all-time series against the Dons 7-0...Oregon’s pitching staff allowed a season low two hits.