Starter Tommy Thorpe allowed one run over five innings, and Ryon Healy led the offense with three doubles as the Oregon Ducks baseball team defeated the Hawaii Rainbows, 5-4, in game two of a four-game series in Honolulu.
Oregon jumped out to a lead in the second inning. A pair of doubles by Ryon Healy and Steven Packard scored a run, before Packard took home on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 Oregon. Healy would score Brett Thomas on another double in the third to make it 3-0 Oregon, and Thomas and Ryan Hambright would have back-to-back RBI hits to stretch the lead to 5-1. Thorpe, who was a reliever last season, gave up only one run over five innings, though scattered seven hits and two walks, constantly working out of jams.
Redshirt freshman Cole Wiper came in to work the sixth, and it was nothing short of a disaster. Wiper gave up three consecutive hits, two singles and a bases-clearing double to Hawaii's Tyler Young. Wiper was lifted without recording an out for junior Darrell Hunter. Hunter would then hit a batter and give up an infield single to load the bases with no outs, but got a flyout, then a 6-3 double play to get out of the inning. Hunter would pitch two scoreless innings before giving way to Garrett Cleavinger, who pitched a perfect eighth.
Jimmie Sherfy was brought in for the ninth inning, but that didn't end the drama. Sherfy gave up a single and a walk, before a passed ball allowed the runners to advance to second and third with no outs. However, Sherfy was able to get out of it with just the one run scoring for his first save of the season.
Overall, Oregon scored their five runs on nine hits, which included five doubles. Hawaii's four runs came on 12 hits.
The win puts the Ducks at 2-0 on the season, and Oregon can clinch the series with a win on Sunday. First pitch is at 3:05 p.m. PT. Oregon freshman Cole Irvin makes his first career start against Hawaii junior Connor Little.