May 26, 2016
STANFORD, Calif. – Oregon got another good start from Cole Irvin, but the Ducks’ offense struggled scoring just one run on three hits as Stanford won game one of the Pac-12 series, 2-1, on Thursday night at Sunken Diamond.
How it happened: After both pitchers cruised through the first four innings, Oregon (29-24, 14-14 Pac-12) was able to manufacture a run against Stanford starter Brett Hanewich in the fifth. Carson Breshears, who had a two-out double, scored from third on a Hanewich throwing error to give the Ducks the lead. Breshears broke from third after Travis Moniot looked to steal second. Hanewich stepped off the mound as Breshears broke for home and threw wildly past the catcher allowing the run.
Stanford (28-24, 13-15 Pac-12) tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI double by Tommy Edman and got another run off Oregon’s bullpen in the seventh to take the lead. Brac Warren relieved Irvin, who had his ninth quality start of the season, and got the first batter before injuring himself on the first pitch to the next hitter. Freshman Cole Stringer came in and gave up two hits and walk to load the bases before being pulled for Isaiah Carranza, who allowed a run on a base hit. Carranza got out of the inning without allowing any further damage getting a force out at home before fanning Cardinal cleanup hitter Quinn Brodey.
Another good start for Irvin: Irvin, a junior left-hander, gave Oregon another quality start. The Ducks’ starter allowed just one run on six hits in six innings and left the game with the score tied 1-1. In Irvin’s four starts since moving back to the No. 1 spot in the rotation before the Arizona State series, the Ducks’ lefty has not allowed more than two runs through his first six innings.
Box score notes: Kyle Kasser, A.J. Balta and Carson Breshears accounted for Oregon’s three hits … Warren threw six pitches before leaving with an injury … Stringer (2-2) was charged with the loss, while Andrew Summerville (5-2) got the win for Stanford.
On deck: The Ducks and Cardinal will meet in game two of the series at 7 p.m. on Friday. Oregon will send David Peterson (3-4, 3.50) to the mound, while Stanford will counter with Tristan Beck (5-5, 2.70).