The No. 2 Vanderbilt travel to PK Park this weekend for a three-game set with No. 15 Oregon. The Commodores are the highest-ranked team to play at PK Park since No. 2 Arizona State played in Eugene in 2010. From the Ducks’ weekly release, here’s this weekend’s pitching probables:
Jake Reed (1-2, 4.32 ERA) vs. Kevin Ziomek (3-0, 0.82 ERA)
Reed looked great against Hawai’i but has dropped his last two starts — though he can’t be criticized much for losing at Cal State Fullerton. Vanderbilt’s left-handed ace has surrendered just two earned runs in 22 innings this season, while striking out 33 batters, which is good for fourth in the nation.
Tommy Thorpe (2-1, 3.12 ERA) vs. Tyler Beede (3-0, 1.45 ERA)
Beede has been a force for Vandy on the mound in his own right, with just three earned runs allowed on the season. Thorpe is in a new role this year as a starter but has looked solid in his three starts.
Cole Irvin (3-0, 2.05 ERA) vs. Philip Pfeifer (2-0, 0.45 ERA)
Irvin has been this year’s freshman phenom for Oregon head coach George Horton and has wins in his first three starts, including a seven-inning outing against Cal State Fullerton last weekend. Pfeifer has given up a lone-earned run in 20 innings of work on the season.