June 3, 2012
CBI Live: #4 Austin Peay
3, #2 Cal State Fullerton 0
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Ducks’ Win Is Super
By Taylor Gelbrich
EUGENE, Ore. –
Freshman Jake Reed stepped up in his first postseason start to
give the top-seeded Oregon Ducks their first Super Regional
berth with an 8-1 win over fourth-seeded Austin Peay in a
rematch of Friday night's game.
Reed (7-4) pitched an absolute gem and quieted
any questions about how he would perform in the big game
"He did exactly what we asked him to do, take his
electric stuff and just pound the low part of the strike zone,"
said Oregon head coach George Horton. "That's a good-hitting
team. We all saw it all week and he dominated them for whatever
reason, whether they were tired or not, but he can't control
that he did control him and he was spectacular.”
Reed gave up only two hits in seven innings with
eight strikeouts. The freshman threw 111 pitches, 68 for
"I thought he located every pitch pretty well,”
said Austin Peay third baseman Greg Bachman. “He was staying
away from us and his fastball had pretty good run on it.
Everything he had was on, so hats off to him. He pitched really
The Governors (40-24) threw seven total pitchers
and only one worked longer than two innings.
The Ducks (45-17) got things going early once
again as Aaron Payne led off the first with a walk and Aaron
Jones followed with a hit-by-pitch. Kacy Kemmer (2-1) started
the game throwing eight straight balls for APSU. Ryon Healy
moved the runners over with a nice sacrifice bunt down the third
With one down and runners on second and third,
Brett Thomas laced a ball off Kemmer's ankle that scored Payne,
but Thomas was thrown out at first.
In the third, Austin Peay went with a new
pitcher, Mike Herbert, but that didn't help matters for the
Jones, Healy, and Thomas started the third with
consecutive base hits, as Thomas' single scored Jones from
second. Kyle Garlick brought in Healy with a sacrifice fly to
left field and the Ducks went up 3-0.
The Governors had seen enough from Herbert and
decided to go with Zane Leffew from the bullpen to face Ryan
Hambright, who had seven hits in his past eight at-bats, but
Leffew struck out R. Hambright to end the inning.
The Ducks were back for more in the fourth.
Connor Hofmann took first base with a walk with one out and J.J
Altobelli backed him up with a walk of his own, but not until
Hofmann stole second and third.
With runners on the corners, Payne put down the
safety squeeze and scored Hofmann from third. The Ducks went up
4-0 and weren't done.
Jones was hit by a pitch and Healy brought in
another run with his bases-loaded sac fly. With runners on the
corners and two outs, the Ducks put on the hit-and-run with
Thomas at the plate and he executed it perfectly to score
another run as Oregon increased the lead to 6-0.
"They executed the things they execute very
well,” said APSU head coach Gary McClure. “They bunt, they move
guys over, they put guys in motion. They didn't put a lot of
hits up on the board but they don't have to score runs with the
type of team they are."
There was a little brother-to-brother connection
for the Ducks in the seventh. R. Hambright led off the inning
with a walk and then older brother, Brett, hit an absolute bomb
over the left field wall to give the Ducks an 8-0 lead.
Austin Peay was able to get one run across in the
ninth, but that was all. The Ducks went on to win 8-1 and will
host their first Super Regional against Kent State next weekend.