Oregon is unbeaten no more after failing to take advantage of loading the bases not once but twice in the first and second innings. Loyola Marymount caught fire early and held on late for a 7-2 victory at PK Park Friday evening.
Oregon (4-1) loaded the bases in the first two innings and failed to score. It was their only real threat to put up runs the rest of the night against LMU starter Colin Welmon. Welmon went six innings while allowing just four singles and striking out nine Ducks.
Oregon starter Jake Reed (1-1) dropped his first game of the year going five innings and striking out a career-high eight batters, but Reed allowed six hits and fou earned runs.
Sophomore center fielder Scott Heineman drove in Oregon's first run with a double down the left-field line in the seventh to score J.J. Altobelli.
The Lines (3-2) scored the game's first run in the fourth inning, then tacked on for more runs in the fifth to jump out to a 5-0 lead. LMU added two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning.
Oregon right fielder Steven Packard brought in Altobelli in the ninth innning with one out. Heineman walked, advanced to second with one one but Oregon's rally ended with a strikeout and a ground out.
Oregon will play Loyola Marymount on Saturday with first pitch at 2 p.m.. Oregon's Tommy Thorpe (1-0) will go on the mound for the Ducks.
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