Ducks throttle Tigers

The Associated Press /

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — 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) collected a season-high 20 hits.

Chase hit his 13th homer of the season — a three-run blast — in the fourth inning. Tyler Baumgartner followed with a solo shot.

The Ducks scored three runs 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 to earn the win.

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

Oregon plays today against Vanderbilt.