Boer shines again in Duck win

EUGENE — The 2011 college baseball season isn't even two weeks old, but it's hard not to view Oregon right-hander Madison Boer as the team's ace.

The junior from Eden Prairie, Minn., pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning Saturday, leading the Ducks (3-3) to a 3-0 victory and drawing this weekend's three-game series against Saint Mary's (2-3) even at one game apiece in front of 1,245 at PK Park.

Boer (2-0) pitched 7 1/3 innings, surrendering five hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven. Both of his wins have come after UO losses, and he hasn't allowed a run in 15 1/3 innings this season, holding opponents to a .122 batting average.

Neither team has hit the ball well in the series, but the Ducks cobbled together three runs on eight hits against four SMC hurlers.

UO broke through in the top of the third, scoring a single run when Marcus Piazzisi stole third and came home on a throwing error by SMC catcher Toby DeMello.

Piazzisi ripped an RBI single to left in the bottom of the eighth, bringing home Tyler Kuresa for a 2-0 lead. Aaron Jones followed with an infield single to short to drive home Danny Pulfer.

Junior closer Scott McGough earned his first save of the season, retiring three straight after giving up a leadoff single to start the ninth.

Piazzisi and Pulfer each went 2-for-3 as half the Ducks' hits came from the bottom third of the order.

TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 8, OREGON STATE 7 — At Corpus Christi, Texas, Parker Berberet went 3-for-4 and hit Oregon State's first home run of the season but the Beavers' late comeback fell short in the Kleberg Bank Classic.

Down 8-6 entering the ninth, Oregon State scored a run to make it 8-7 when Andrew Susac singled up the middle, scoring Tyler Smith, who had walked to start the inning. But Islanders reliever Michael Boyle got Luke Acosta on a strikeout with runners on second and third to end the game.

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