EUGENE, Ore. – Tommy Thorpe allowed just one run in seven innings but it wasn’t enough for No. 10 Oregon against No. 13 UCLA in a 1-0 Pac-12 Conference loss at PK Park on Friday night.
Thorpe (5-4) allowed just three hits, but one of his four walks came back to haunt him in the loss.
Thorpe managed to pitch out of trouble in both the second and third stranding two Bruins in the second and leaving the bases loaded in the third. The Bruins left 10 base runners, while Oregon (28-9, 12-4 Pac-12) stranded six.
UCLA (24-10, 8-5 Pac-12) got its run in the fourth inning when Brian Carroll scored when Pat Valaika hit into a double play. Carroll led off the inning with a walk, stole second and moved to third on an infield hit by Kevin Kramer.
Ryon Healy led Oregon with two of the Ducks’ four hits. He singled to lead off the ninth inning, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mitchell Tolman, but was stranded there after Scott Heineman struck out and Tyler Baumgartner grounded out to end the game.
Adam Plutko (5-2) picked up the win for UCLA allowing just three hits in seven innings, while striking out eight. David Berg picked up his ninth save allowing just Healy’s hit in two innings pitched.
Oregon’s best chance to score came in the fifth inning when Heineman advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt with one out. Plutko got out of the jam striking out Josh Graham and Connor Hofmann to end the threat.
The Ducks and Bruins play game two of their three-game series Saturday night at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.