June 1, 2013
Stephens Shuts Down Ducks
By Isaac Rosenthal
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
EUGENE, Ore. –
Jordan Stephens turned in a complete-game shutout as Rice beat
Oregon 1-0 Saturday night in front of 2,591 fans at PK Park.
The Owls took a first-inning lead on an RBI
double from Christian Hoeslscher, and that was all the offense
Rice would need with Stephens (8-4) turning in a gem on the
hill, striking out 11 and walking just two. It marked the first
shutout of Stephens’ career.
“Those two breaking balls [Stephens] was throwing
were tremendous,” Oregon coach George Horton said. “It was in
the zone when we were taking and out of the zone when we were
swinging. That's called 'pitching' and he did a nice job of
It was the second straight day the Oregon offense
struggled mightily. The Ducks managed only two hits against
South Dakota State but still came away with a 3-2 win, but the
Ducks had no such luck against Rice, scraping together just two
hits — one of which didn't leave the infield — to fall to 4 for
53 as a team in Regional play.
“If we're going to get this done we got a lot of
work to do,” Horton said.
Rice had a few chances to add insurance runs but
Oregon's defense kept the game close. A well-timed pitchout call
negated a double-steal attempt from the Owls in the fourth, and
an inning earlier Tyler Baumgartner threw a strike from right
field to the plate to get Christian Stringer, thanks to a great
tag from Shaun Chase.
“I thought we hit the ball a little better than
we scored,” Rice coach Wayne Graham said. “Part of that was
Oregon playing good defense...sometimes that causes you not to
score as well as you hit.”
The Owls had eight hits in the game, seven off
Tommy Thorpe who pitched the first seven frames for the Ducks
and one off Garret Clevinger in the bottom of the eighth but
didn't have a runner passed second base after Ford Stainback
scored in the first.
Oregon will play San Francisco Sunday at noon
with the winner advancing to play Rice at 4. A Rice loss in that
game would set up a final game on Monday at 6.