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Ducks Shutout 1-0 by UCLA, Again

Oregon Head Coach George Horton:

Oregon Pitcher Cole Irvin:

Courtesy: Oregon Sports Information

EUGENE, Ore. – Cole Irvin pitched a complete game Saturday night allowing just one unearned run but for the second straight night No. 13 UCLA handed No. 10 Oregon a 1-0 defeat at PK Park.

Irvin (7-2), who allowed an unearned run in the top of the first inning, scattered six hits while striking out three and walking just one. The freshman lefty pitched his second complete game of the season but the Ducks stranded eight runners in the shutout.

It was the first time Oregon (28-10, 12-5 Pac-12) was shutout in back-to-back games since the Ducks were blanked by Arizona State and Oregon State in May 2009.

UCLA got the only run it would need on a two-out error by freshman Mitchell Tolman. Eric Filia, who had two of the Bruins’ six hits, doubled with one out in the first inning and scored on a ground ball by Pat Valaika that went off Tolman’s glove.

Oregon had a chance to tie it on a number of occasions putting runners on base in six separate innings. The Ducks squandered a couple of big opportunities in the seventh and eighth innings.

In the seventh, Tyler Baumgartner reach third with one out on a double and sacrifice bunt but Ryan Hambright struck out on three pitches and J.J. Altobelli popped out to second base to end the threat.

In the eighth, Aaron Payne reached second after being hit by a pitch and stealing second, but he was thrown out at third trying to steal on ball four to Ryon Healy with one out. Tolman followed with a base hit to left.

Baumgartner also reached second with one out in the sixth, but was stranded after Shaun Chase and Altobelli both struck out.

UCLA (25-10, 9-5 Pac-12) starter Nick Vander Tuig picked up the win moving to 6-3 on the season while allowing just two hits in seven innings. David Berg got his second save in as many nights and his 10th of the season.

Tolman, Baumgartner and Brett Thomas each got one hit to lead Oregon.

The Ducks and Bruins will wrap up their three-game series Sunday at 12 p.m. at PK Park. Oregon will try and avoid the sweep sending Jake Reed (4-3) the mound. The Bruins counter with Grant Watson (5-2).

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