Hambright Walk-Off Hero

EUGENE - In their fourth game in five days, Oregon didn't look the No. 6 ranked team. Part of that might have been the absence of star first baseman Ryon Healy, who missed his second straight game with a back injury, but the Duck staved off a loss to beat Gonzaga 4-3.

EUGENE- In their fourth game in five days, Oregon didn't look like the No. 6 ranked team. Part of that might have been the absence of star first baseman Ryon Healy, who missed his second straight game with a back injury, but the Duck staved off a loss to beat Gonzaga 4-3.

The Ducks were hitless into the fourth, and it wasn't until the sixth that they were able to plate any runners, doing so twice to knot the game at 2-2.

"We were a little comatose, especially the first six innings," Oregon coach George Horton said. "We didn't pitch very well, our at-bats weren't very characteristic."

Horton sensed the team's sense of urgency increasing after the Bulldogs put two runs on the board, to take the lead. But was pleased with the response, winning on a walk-off hit by third baseman Ryan Hambright.

"They do have the will to win and they're ability to come back and get it down speaks volumes to who they are," Horton said.

Hambright had missed much of the conference season due toinjury, but was able to pull a Taylor Jones pitch to right-center field to score Scott Heineman for the winning run.

"I was struggling earlier in the game," said Hambright, who struck out twice and committed an error that led to the third Gonzaga run, "I was just looking for one I could put a good swing on."

Horton disclosed following the game that Healy was in fact injured and would not play Wednesday against the Zags. The lower back strain was suffered in the Washington State series two weeks ago, and worsened over the following week.

Horton was optimistic that he'd be ready to go for the Civil War series this weekend.

In case that doesn't prove true, Hambright said, "We have plenty of guys behind him, I think we have a lot of guys behind him who play just as well."

Oregon trails the Beavers by one game in the Pac-12 race and is hoping to win its first conference title since the program was re-instated.


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