Oregon trounces Clemson 18-1 in NCAA opener

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 31, 2014 at 12:18 am •  Published: May 31, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Shaun Chase homered, doubled and drove in four runs Friday to lead No. 2 seed Oregon to an 18-1 thumping of No. 3 seed Clemson in the Nashville regional.

The Ducks (43-18) had a season-high 20 hits. Chase hit his 13th homer — a three-run blast — in the fourth inning. Tyler Baumgartner followed with a solo shot.

Oregon scored three in the second inning to pull ahead for good after allowing Clemson's lone run in the first.

Oregon's Tommy Thorpe (11-4) scattered five hits and four walks in seven innings.

Clemson's Matthew Crownover (8-6) struck out seven but allowed eight earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Crownover hadn't given up more than four earned runs in any of his previous 29 career starts.

Oregon plays Saturday against Vanderbilt, while Clemson (36-24) takes on Xavier in an elimination game.