The Ducks are no strangers to grinding out wins. In all but one of their eight wins so far in 2015, Oregon has had to either come from behind or break a tie to come out on top. Only once, in their 12-0 win to open the season against Hawaii, have the Ducks held a lead for the duration of the game.
That story was no different on Tuesday night as the Ducks scored seven runs in their final two innings at the plate on their way to an 8-2 win over the Portland Pilots.
Mitchell Tolman had a monster day at the plate for Oregon, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and six RBIs. Five of Tolman's six RBIs came during the final two innings, including a three RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach for good.
Freshman LHP Jacob Corn (1-0) had a strong first career outing, going seven innings while giving up just one run on seven hits while striking three and not giving up any walks. Oregon's bullpen finished the job as RHP Joe Reta and RHP Stephen Nogosek combined for two innings of one-hit baseball to wrap up the win.
Oregon's bats came to life in the seventh inning, batting around while scoring four runs, two off the bat of Tolman. The rally began when Matt Eureste reached first on a fielders choice, driving home a run. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt drove in another run.
The Ducks led 1-0 for much of the game after Tolman delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the first for one of his six RBIs on the night.
Portland tied the game in the top of the seventh on an error, but Corn was able to escape the inning without causing further damage, allowing the Ducks to do the rest at the plate.
The Pilots had plenty of opportunities to score during the night, but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Oregon now heads to California for a weekend series with No. 22 UC Santa Barbara. Cole Irvin (0-0, 1.29) gets the start on Friday night and will look to continue his strong start to 2015 after coming back from Tommy John surgery.