Irvin, Ducks shut down Huskies

EUGENE — Freshman Cole Irvin pitched a complete game shutout to lead No. 12 Oregon to a 6-0 win over Washington on Saturday night at PK Park.

Irvin tossed the first complete game of the season by the Ducks allowing just four hits, while striking out a season-high 11 and walking just one. He only allowed two runners past first base, none after the fifth inning.

The Ducks' offense finished with nine hits, all in the first four innings to back Irvin. Ryon Healy went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Conner Hofmann was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Brett Thomas, who returned to the lineup after missing the first two games of the series, scored two runs.

Oregon (22-6, 8-1 Pac-12) got on the board with two runs in the first inning. Healy picked up a RBI with a single scoring Thomas who reached on an error by Huskies first baseman Trevor Matsui to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

Steven Packard made it 2-0 with a squeeze bunt scoring Healy from third. Oregon's two runs in the first marked just the fourth time this season the Ducks have scored in the first, but the second in the series against UW (6-19, 2-7 Pac-12).

Oregon added four runs in the bottom of the fourth, all but wrapping up a series sweep for Oregon. Hofmann doubled to left field to drive in Josh Graham and Aaron Payne to give the Ducks a 4-0 lead. Graham led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a bunt single by Payne.

After a sacrifice bunt by J.J. Altobelli moved Hofmann to third and a walk to Thomas, Oregon tacked on a run when Tyler Baumgartner grounded out to second baseman Robert Pehl. The play probably should have ended the inning, but Pehl bobbled the ball and had to settle for an out at first instead of turning a double play.

Healy made the Huskies pay even more for the missed opportunity adding an RBI single to give the Ducks a 6-0 lead after four innings.

Irvin was tough on the Huskies from the outset striking out two in the first inning. He added another strikeout in the second and then fanned the first two batters in the third before giving up a walk and his first hit. He got out of the inning with a ground ball to Healy at first.

SAN DIEGO 13, OREGON STATE 3 — At San Diego, second-ranked Oregon State dropped the series finale of a three-game set at Fowler Park.

The loss pushed Oregon State's record to 22-4 overall while San Diego improved to 18-10.

The Beavers scored first on a two-run single by Danny Hayes in the third but San Diego answered back with six in the bottom half of the inning. Austin Green capped off the inning with a three-run double.

Dillon Haupt made it 9-2 in favor of the Toreros when he hit a three-run home run over the center field fence in the fourth. Haupt ended the game with four runs batted in.

Michael Conforto had three hits to pace OSU and Hayes and Beau Day each had two. Oregon State collected 13 overall.

Ben Wetzler took the loss for the Beavers after going three innings. He allowed just three hits but gave up six runs to fall to 0-1 this season.

SOU SHINES — At San Francisco, Southern Oregon distance runners totaled two event victories, one meet record, nine NAIA national qualifying marks and 18 Cascade Collegiate Conference qualifiers at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

Eric Avila and Zach Boyd-Helm each hit NAIA 'A' standard qualifiers while finishing first in their events as Avila won the 5,000 and Boyd-Helm won the 800-meter race. Avila's time of 14:03.14 is the second-best time in the NAIA this season and established a new meet record for the San Francisco Distance Carnival. Boyd-Helm's time of 1:51.16 tops the NAIA marks midway through the 2013 outdoor season.

Kevin Jorgensen placed third in the 1500, tallying a time of 3:52.11. His time is the third-best in the NAIA this season and automatically qualifies him for the NAIA national meet.

Alexandra Rudd posted a personal-best time of 37:02.78 in the women's 10,000-meter race to hit an automatic qualifying mark and rank fifth in the NAIA this season. She finished sixth in the event on Friday. Summer Cano and Anne Hagy both surpassed the NAIA 'B' provisional qualifying mark with times of 37:33.51 and 37:36.38, respectively.

Jessie Rozario placed 12th in the women's steeplechase with an NAIA 'B' qualifying time of 11:28.31. Jared Hixon hit the 'B' mark in the men's 5000 with a time of 14:50.67, and Hector Aleman hit the 'B' mark in the 10,000 with a time of 31:06.25.

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