EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Senior right-hander Alex Keudell became Oregon’s career leader in wins, helping the Ducks defeat Cal State Fullerton 7-5 in the Eugene Regional on Saturday night.
Keudell (11-4), the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, allowed five runs on four hits in seven innings to earn the 23rd win of his Oregon career, moving past Dean Kegler (1978-81) on the school's all-time list. Keudell struck out five and walked four.
Jimmie Sherfy threw two scoreless innings of relief, getting Fullerton’s Richy Pedroza looking at a called third strike for his 18th save of the season.
Oregon (44-17), the No. 5 national seed, improved to 2-0 in the NCAA tournament and will play the winner of the Cal State Fullerton-Austin Peay elimination game Sunday at 4 p.m. at PK Park for a chance to move on to the super regionals.
Kyle Garlick’s two-run triple highlighted a four-run first inning for the Ducks, who built a 6-0 lead against Big West Pitcher of the Year Dylan Floro (10-4).
Ryon Healy also drove in two runs for Oregon, batting 2-for-4 on the day. Ryan Hambright and Aaron Payne also had two hits apiece for the Ducks.
Floro settled down after the first inning, allowing 10 hits and seven runs (five earned) in seven innings. The Titans committed four errors.
Keudell cruised through the first four innings, allowing only one hit, before the Titans (36-20) scored all five of their runs in the fifth inning. Michael Lorenzen’s hit a towering, three-run home run to right to cut Fullerton’s deficit to 6-5.
It stayed a one-run game until Fullerton made two errors to start the bottom of the eighth, allowing the Ducks to score an insurance run on J.J. Altobelli’s double-play groundout.
Notes: Kyle Garlick’s and Aaron Jones have totaled 39 RBIs apiece, tying for fifth in Oregon single-season history…Oregon’s four runs in the first were the most the team has scored in the first inning this season…Aaron Payne’s 16 stolen bases tie for second in UO single-season history.