Stephens, Rice blank Oregon

EUGENE — Jordan Stephens pitched a complete-game two-hitter Saturday night to lead Rice to a 1-0 win against host Oregon in the NCAA Eugene regional.

Stephens struck out 11 and walked just two to move the Owls (43-17) within one game of the regional championship.

Oregon (46-15), the No. 8 national seed and the top seed in the regional, must now win three more games to advance and host a super regional.

The Ducks will play San Francisco today in the double-elimination tournament. The winner will play Rice later in the day and the loser is out.

The Owls scored their run in the first inning after Ford Stainback hit a leadoff single to right field and advanced to second on Christian Stringer's sacrifice bunt. Stainback then scored on Shane Hoelscher's double to left-center.

Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe went seven innings, giving up eight hits while walking two and striking out one.

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