Healy, Ducks Walk-Off Huskies

EUGENE, Ore.- Ryon Healy knew it was gone when it left his bat and with it the Ducks completed the rally to beat the Washington Huskies 5-3 at PK Park.

EUGENE, Ore.- Ryon Healy knew it was gone when it left his bat and with it the Ducks completed the rally to beat the Washington Huskies 5-3 at PK Park.

Oregon (20-6, 6-1) trailed Washington (6-17, 2-5) 3-2 with two outs in the eighth inning, before Tyler Baumgartner dropped a perfectly placed bloop between the charging Washington left fielder and third baseman. That brought Healy to the plate with the opportunity to even the score. He made the most of it shooting a hard line drive between the shortstop and third baseman.

The hit was only the start for the Ducks start first baseman, who finished 3-5 with 3 RBI.

Neither side scored in the ninth and after Jimmie Sherfy held off the Husky line-up in the top of the tenth, it was Baumgartner reaching on a walk to set up the first walk-off hit of Healy's collegiate career: a home run to left field.

"It was something special, something I haven't been able to experience here in any sort of way," Healy said.

"That's special when you hit the ball out of PK Park. No matter if it's Ryon Healy or anybody else. Some of their guys got into the ball pretty well and didn't get close to the wall," said head coach George Horton.

When was the last time he hit a walk-off home run?

"When I was 11 years-old I think," he said.

The Ducks opened with rare offensive output in the first, scoring two runs in the opening inning for just the third time on the season. Again it was Baumgartner walking and scoring the run (he finished with three of the Ducks' five), this time on a Mitchell Tolman rope to left field.

"The real deer-in-the-headlights emotion that we scored two in the first. Everybody kind of looked around and went 'Have we ever scored in the first'?" Horton said.

The Huskies scored one run in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth in three-hit inning off of Oregon starter Jake Reed. After the two-run first, the Huskies would retire 15 consecutive batters, until Healy singled in the sixth.

Oregon got eight inning out of Reed, who gave up three runs--just two earned. Reed shut down Washington for the first three innings and his last three innings of work, but struggled in the middle innings.

"What we've got to eliminate with him is that self-destruction inning where he tends to lose it a little bit," Horton said.

Reed was unable to explain his middle inning struggles, except to say that something has not felt right during those innings.

"Those middle innings so far this season have been struggle points for me… which is a little weird," he said.

Reed was aided by the play of Connor Hofmann in center field. The freshman was able to run down well hit two well hit balls from his position, both with runners on. The second, in the the fifth inning, was made with two runners on and would have scored both.

"That's like driving in two or three runs, because he saved at least that many today and who knows what happens after that," Horton said. "A couple of their best bolts turned into outs because of him. There's a reason he's playing out there. He's clearly our best center fielder range wise."

"It isn't always pretty and we're not always hitting the ball all over the ball park, but this group…continues to find a way to win,"Horton said.

The Ducks and Huskies play the second of two games Friday at 6 p.m. at PK Park.


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