May 31, 2013
Opportunistic Oregon Opens with
By Isaac Rosenthal
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
EUGENE, Ore. –
Oregon scored three runs on just two hits to beat South Dakota
State 3-2 at PK Park in the postseason opener for both squads.
The Jackrabbits led for most of the night until
Ryon Healy doubled to left-center in the eighth inning to give
the host Ducks a 3-2 lead.
"The way we won that one was the way we've won a
lot of games with this particular core group of guys," Oregon
coach George Horton said.
The eighth inning especially was characteristic
of Ducks baseball, with JJ Altobelli drawing a lead-off walk,
Brett Thomas sacrificing him over to second and Aaron Payne
getting hit by a pitch before Healy stepped in for the two-run
"[Oregon assistant coach Mark Wasikowski] always
says it's not about the big hit," said Ryon Healy. "It's about
the things that lead up to the hit."
Oregon's other run was equally opportunistic. In
the fifth inning, Connor Hofmann reached safely and took second
base on an error, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. He was
the only Ducks baserunner of the inning.
"Our gameplan all night was to try and keep the
leadoff guy off base," South Dakota State coach Dave Schrage
said. "When their leadoff guy got on base, we got in a little
bit of trouble."
When he was able to get the leadoff man out — and
he was more often than not — Layne Somsen was stellar for the
Jackrabbits, throwing 115 pitches in seven-plus innings and
giving up just one hit along the way.
"There were spots in there early that he was
almost effectively wild," Horton said. "He was working all four
corners of the plate and dropping that power curveball in.
There's a reason he's very good and hard to hit. I looked at his
numbers and wondered why he's 4-5."
Oregon moves on to play Rice in the winners’
bracket game Saturday at 6 p.m., and the Jackrabbits will play
USF at 2 in the elimination game.