TEMPE, Ariz. — The Oregon baseball team couldn't overcome an early 9-0 deficit Friday as the Ducks dropped their season opener 12-10 to Minnesota.
The Gophers (1-0) led 9-0 after three innings.
The Ducks pulled within 11-5 and then scored five runs in the top of the eighth to pull within 11-10 before Minnesota countered with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Oregon had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the ninth but Jack Scanlon struck out and Anthony Hall grounded out to the end the game.
Kenyon Yovan was 3-for-5 with two runs for the Ducks. Hall was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs, Gabe Matthews was 2-for-4 with two runs, Tanner Smith was 2-for-5 with two runs and Aaron Zavala drove in two runs.
It was a short start for Oregon pitcher Cullen Kafka, who gave up 10 hits and nine runs, seven earned in 2 2/3 innings. Four Oregon pitchers gave up 16 hits, walked six and struck out 13.