June 10, 2012
Around the Super Regionals
Super Regional Scores & Capsules
Super Regional Notes
Ducks Summon a Little Magic to
Force a Monday Finale
By Taylor Gelbrich
EUGENE, Ore. –
Oregon was behind the eight ball for much of the ballgame
against Kent State in Game 2 of the Eugene Super Regional, but
was able to conjure up some late-inning magic for an intense
Oregon used a magical seventh-inning rally to get
back in the game and eventually take the lead. The Ducks (46-18)
took that lead and went on to win 3-2 to end the 21-game winning
streak for the Golden Flashes (45-18).
thought it was a great baseball game,” said Kent State head
coach Scott Stricklin (left). “I thought both teams played very
hard. Both starting pitchers were outstanding. Their bullpen
came in and got it done in the end. One big inning killed us.”
That big inning came against KSU starter Ryan
Bores, who for most of the game was flat-out dealing. He gave up
his first hit in the fourth and through six innings had only
allowed two hits.
Bores (9-3) didn't get the win because of one
inning, but he ended his night giving up three runs on six hits
with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
"He was working both sides of the plate really
well,” said Oregon first baseman Ryon Healy. “He'd go two-seam
hard in and then go slider away. He's definitely a veteran and a
hard-nose junior he knew how to pitch. I was happy we were able
to grind through those first six innings and once the seventh
came around, string some hits together and capitalize off some
mistakes and put up three on the scoreboard.”
Bores counterpart was Oregon freshman Jake Reed
(8-4) who for the second weekend in a row had to pitch in the
biggest game in his life. Reed's night was a little different
than Bores as he gave up his first run in the second.
Reed got better as the night went along and
pitched himself out of some big innings. He finished his night
giving up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts in 6.2
innings to pick up the win.
Both teams looked seemingly more calm and
collected with it being the second game of the Super Regional.
With that said, the Golden Flashes locked in early and took
George Roberts became the headliner of the game
early on after he blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the
second and sent a RBI double to deep center that one-hopped the
wall in the fourth.
Kent State took the early 2-0 lead and T.J.
Sutton followed up Roberts with a base hit of his own. Kent
State threatened again with runners on the corners and nobody
out, but Reed threw back-to-back strikeouts and battled his way
out of the inning without any further damage.
The Ducks mustered up some of their magic in the
seventh after looking flat all game. After an Aaron Payne flyout,
Healy got things going with a line drive base hit up the middle.
Brett Thomas did a nice job of going with the outside pitch as
he lined it into left field for a base hit and was able to reach
second on an error by Alex Miklos in left.
Third base coach Jay Uhlman was wheeling Healy
around the whole time and it didn't look good as Jimmy Rider
received the ball at short just as Healy was rounding third.
Rider just turned around thinking Healy was staying at third,
but by the time he noticed Healy never stopped, it was too late.
The Ducks finally pushed across a run.
Kyle Garlick walked and Ryan Hambright continued
his coming-out party as he smoked a ball through the right side
and just like that the Ducks tied the game at 2.
"At that point the crowd got into it and helped
us out,” said Oregon catcher Brett Hambright. “The coaches
rallied us a little bit. “We just knew at that time we weren't
going to go down without a fight and it just happened to be that
That was the end of the night for Bores as the
Golden Flashes brought in Michael Clark for relief. On his first
pitch, B.Hambright laid down a suicide squeeze right to Clark.
But Clark turned to throw to first as if he forgot about the
runner at third, and he threw it wide.
"We felt like they were going to safety squeeze
right there and I think he felt it was a good bunt and I am
going to get an out right there," Stricklin said. "If he turns
and throws, I think it would have had to be a perfect throw to
get that out. When you play Oregon you have to get outs, you got
to stay out of the big inning."
Everybody was safe and the Ducks took a 3-2 lead.
That's where the rally ended and the ballgame had just begun.
Kent State looked like it had tied the game in
the bottom of the eighth from the bat of Rider as he launched a
ball deep into left. Thomas retreated to the warning track and
caught the ball as he went into the left field wall. He was
running so hard that he left a dent in the wall. If Rider hit
that ball two hours earlier, it would have been gone. But as it
gets later in the night, the ball doesn't travel as well at PK
Golden Flashes led off the bottom of the ninth with a double
from T.J Sutton. Tommy Thorpe was able to get Nick Hamilton to
strike out after his failed bunt attempt and that brought Oregon
closer Jimmie Sherfy (left) into the ballgame.
With a runner on second, Sherfy got the next two
batters to strike out to preserve the win and pick up his 19th
Kent State and Oregon will square off in the
rubber match on Monday at 4 p.m. PT. The winner punches its
ticket to Omaha for the College World Series.
(photos courtesy of Kent State & Oregon Media Relations Offices)