Jake Reed pitched seven scoreless innings as Oregon beat Austin Peay 8-1 on Sunday night in Eugene, Ore., and advanced out of the NCAA regionals for the first time since 1954.
Brett Thomas had three RBIs for Oregon (45-17), which reinstated baseball in 2009 after the university eliminated the sport in 1981. The Ducks will play Kent State at home next weekend in the super regionals.
Oregon went 3-0 at the regional, and Sunday got its second victory against the Governors (40-24).
Reed (7-4), Oregon’s No. 2 starter, was brilliant from the start. The freshman allowed just two hits over seven innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. Joey Housey finished off the win with two innings of one-hit relief.
Kacy Kemmer (2-1) lasted just two innings as the Governors used seven pitchers.
Kent State reached the super regionals for the first time, thanks to a 3-2 victory over Kentucky at Gary, Ind.
Evan Campbell’s three-run home run for the Golden Flashes was the first home run in more than 64 innings of play in the regional that was hosted by Purdue.
St. John’s, South Carolina, Florida State, Florida, LSU, Arkansas and UCLA also advanced to the super regionals and Arizona was leading its championship game at press time. The remaining berths will be determined today.