LAS VEGAS – Junior Jakob Goldfarb went 3-for-4 with a career-high five RBI to lead Oregon to a season-opening 6-1 win over Loyola Marymount at the Marucci Desert Classic on Friday.
How it Happened: Oregon (1-0) fell behind early after Loyola Marymount (0-1) scored a run in the second inning. Lions starting pitcher Josh Agnew retired the first 10 Ducks' batters he faced before freshman Jonny DeLuca singled in the fourth inning. Agnew retired the next two hitters to get out of the inning.
Oregon finally got to Agnew in the fifth inning. Ryne Nelson led off the inning with a double and came around to score to tie the game when LMU center fielder Billy Wilson lost Goldfarb's fly ball in the sun.
The Ducks took control in the fifth. DeLuca launched his first career home run over the right-field wall to give the Ducks their first lead of the game. Spencer Steer and Gabe Matthews followed with back-to-back singles before Goldfarb hit a three-run home run to put UO up 5-1. Goldfarb added an RBI single in the eighth to give Oregon some cushion.
Have a day Goldy: Goldfarb's big day came in his return to the lineup after he missed all of last year with a toe injury. The home run was the fourth of Goldfarb's career and his first three-run homer. It was his third two-out home run.
Mercer's a Friday night guy: Junior Matt Mercer made his first career Friday start and kept Oregon in the game while the bats struggled early. The right-hander, who got the win, allowed just one run on three hits before leaving with one out in the seventh. He finished with four strikeouts and three walks.
Fab frosh: Oregon started a pair of freshmen in the outfield with DeLuca starting in center and Evan Williams starting in right. Both contributed with DeLuca going 2-for-4 with a home run and a run scored. Evans made a diving catch in left field in the top of the sixth.
Duck notes: Senior Kyle Kasser had his 15-game hitting streak snapped going 0-for-3 while being hit by a pitch … All-American closer Kenyon Yovan pitched the final two innings … He loaded the bases in the eighth but got out of trouble when Kasser made a diving play that led to an inning-ending double play … Steer and Matthews both had two hits … Parker Kelly struck out both of the batters he faced in the seventh inning.
On deck: Oregon meets tournament host UNLV Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. Cole Stringer will get the start for Oregon.