Tony Kemp kept Vanderbilt moving around the bases all weekend.
Sunday, Oregon finally caught up.
Kemp, Vanderbilt’s lead-off hitter, had his third mutli-hit game in as many days, but the second-ranked Commodores gave up five runs in the eighth inning and missed out on a series sweep with a 7-5 loss to the No. 11 Ducks in Eugene, Ore. The defeat also snapped their 13-game winning streak, the longest since they won 19 straight to start the 2007 season.
Kemp drove in two with a triple and later scored in the second inning of Friday’s opener, which the Commodores won 4-1. His RBI double in the eighth on Saturday clinched a 4-2 triumph.
Vanderbilt (15-2) never trailed in either of those contests but was behind 2-1 through four innings on Sunday. Kemp’s sacrifice fly drove in the second of two runs in the fifth inning and put the Commodores back in front. The lead grew to 5-2 with runs in the sixth and the eighth.
Oregon (11-5) then scored as many times in one inning as it had in the previous 26 of the series. The Ducks got two runs against starting pitcher Philip Pfeifer before he was pulled and added one each against three different relievers.
Vanderbilt’s Kevin Ziomek allowed one run on two hits and struck out 13 as he pitched a complete game in the opener. Both Oregon runs on Saturday were unearned – one each against starter Tyler Beede, who allowed two hits in 6.2 innings, and Brian Miller, who pitched the final 1.2
For the weekend, Kemp went 7-for-12 with three runs scored and three RBIs for the weekend. He raised his average to .426.
The junior second baseman leads the team with 22 runs and is second with 16 RBIs.