EUGENE, Ore. – Tommy Thorpe held No. 2 Vanderbilt to two runs over six innings but it wasn’t enough as No. 15 Oregon dropped a 4-2 decision at PK Park on Saturday.
Thorpe (2-2) gave up single runs in the second and third, while striking out five. The run in the second inning came after Thorpe retired the leadoff hitter. Mike Yastrzemski started the rally with a single to left field and advanced to second when left fielder Brett Thomas misplayed the ball. Vince Conde picked up the RBI with a double into the left field corner scoring Yastrzemski to give VU a 1-0 lead.
Tony Kemp continued to haunt Oregon in game two of the series. A day after driving in two and scoring another run, the Vanderbilt leadoff hitter manufactured another Commodore run in the third. Kemp singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and moved to third on a ground ball to the second baseman before scoring on a wild pitch that barely got away from Ducks’ catcher Shaun Chase.
Oregon (10-5) cut the lead in half with a run in the sixth. Ryon Healy reached second on a throwing error by Vanderbilt shortstop Tyler Campbell, scoring later in the inning on a ground out by Steven Packard.
Vanderbilt (15-1) pushed the lead to 4-1 with a run in the seventh and another run in the eighth. Brando Tessar walked Connor Harrell with the bases loaded in the seventh to make it a two-run game, and Kemp drove in a run with an RBI double in the eighth.
The Ducks got within two in the bottom of the eighth on a Connor Hofmann two-out double down the left-field line to score Ryan Hambright. J.J. Altobelli had a chance to tie it but struck out looking with Tyler Baumgartner on third and Hofmann on second to end the inning.
Oregon had plenty of opportunities despite finishing with only five hits. The Ducks stranded 12 runners on base, including eight in scoring position.
In addition to leaving runners on second and third in the eighth, Oregon left the bases loaded in the seventh when Healy struck out to end the inning.
Tyler Beede (4-0) picked up the win for Vanderbilt allowing just one earned run on two hits in 6.2 innings. He struck out seven, but walked six. Kemp went 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored for the Commodores. In the first two games of the series, Kemp is 5-for-8 with three RBI and two runs scored, accounting for five of Vandy’s eight runs.
The Ducks and Commodores wrap up the three-game series Sunday at 12 p.m.