Oregon Forces Winner-Take-All Game Three in Super Regionals

Updated 6/11/2012
Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information

Oregon 3, Kent State 2
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EUGENE, Ore. - A three-run seventh for Oregon made the difference in the Ducks' 3-2 victory over Kent State Sunday night at PK Park.  Oregon's win forces an NCAA Super Regional Game 3 Monday and ends the Golden Flashes' 21-game winning streak, which stood as the nation's longest for two weeks.
 
"Both teams played very hard," Head Coach Scott Stricklin said.  "Both pitchers were outstanding and one inning really killed us.  We'll be ready to play tomorrow."
 
Junior starter Ryan Bores (Strongsville, Ohio) was nearly flawless through the first six innings, allowing only three hits, one of which was a bunt.  Bores helped the Flashes hold a 2-0 lead after six innings.
 
With one down in the top of the seventh, the Ducks strung together three singles and a walk to tie the game (2-2), leading to the appearance of Michael Clark (Akron, Ohio).  The very next batter, Brett Hambright, laid down a safety squeeze to bring home the go-ahead run.
 
Oregon freshman pitcher Jake Reed allowed runs in the second and fourth innings, before buckling down and not allowing a run on one hit in his final 3.2 innings tossed.
 
George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.) made the game's first hit count, a solo homer to left center in the bottom of the second.  Roberts delivered the Flashes' third hit of the game as well, an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth.  David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.) led off the inning with a single to opposite field and came all the way around from first on the Roberts double.
 
Lyon was also strong behind the plate, gunning down a runner at second and picking off a runner at first, both in the fourth inning.
 
T.J. Sutton (Uniontown, Ohio) followed the Roberts double with a single to left, putting runners on the corners with no outs.  The Flashes' offense then began to sputter and never recovered as Reed fanned the next two batters and later left the bases loaded.
 
Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) got Flashes' fans hopes up, leading off the bottom of the eighth with a laser to deep left, before Brett Thomas made an impressive catch as he crashed hard into the wall. 
 
Sutton led off the bottom of the ninth with a double, but the next three struck out to end the game.
 
"It took everything we had to win that game," Oregon coach George Horton said.
 
The Golden Flashes and Ducks will play the rubber match in their best-of-three series Monday, unofficially beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific.  The game can been seen on ESPNU.