EUGENE, Ore. – Jake Reed battled back after allowing two early runs, and so did the rest of the teammates as No. 10 Oregon kept its College World Series hopes alive with a 3-2 victory at PK Park on Sunday night.
With the series even at one game apiece, the rubber game that will determine which club travels to Omaha is unofficially scheduled for 4 p.m. PT on Monday at PK Park. An announcement of the official game time will be released Monday morning.
Reed (8-4) helped Oregon halt Kent State’s 21-game win streak by holding the Golden Flashes (45-18) to two runs on five hits and two walks, while fanning six in six and 2/3 innings. After surrendering a run in the fourth, the La Mesa, Calif., native retired nine consecutive batters until giving up a two-out single to Derek Toadvine in the bottom of the seventh.
The Ducks (46-18) trailed 2-0 entering seventh, but Oregon finally put the pressure on Kent State starter Ryan Bores, as a wild inning allowed UO to turn a two-run deficit into a one-run, 3-2, advantage.
Ryon Healy started the rally with his second hit of the game, roping a single into center field. Brett Thomas followed with a single into left field that troubled Kent State’s Alex Miklos, allowing Healy to score and Thomas to move to second. With a runner in scoring position, Kyle Garlick was walked, but Ryan Hambright delivered a game-tying RBI single that found a hole through the right side.
With runners on the corners and just one out, Kent State elected to go to its bullpen, and brought Michael Kent to the mound. With Brett Hambright at the plate, Oregon orchestrated the squeeze as the bunt down proved problematic, allowing Garlick to score the go-ahead run.
Bores (9-3) was issued the loss allowing three runs on six hits while striking out four.
Healy led Oregon with a 2-for-4 effort as Oregon totaled seven hits on the evening.
Roberts led Kent State with a 2-for-4 effort, including a home run and a double that drove in both runs for Kent State.
Roberts gave Kent State a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with a leadoff solo home run over the left field fence.
The Golden Flashes doubled their lead in the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back hits as Roberts once again provided the damage with the a double to the wall in center, scoring David Lyon who was sitting on first after a leadoff single.
Oregon freshman left-hander Tommy Thorpe pitched one and 2/3 innings of shutout relief for Reed, matching a career best with four strikeouts.