It was a perfect night for baseball at PK Park and the intimate crowd that showed up for the first game of the series vs Pac 12 Rival Washington was treated to quite a show in the end. I heard people remarking at it was a ‘fun’ baseball game, and it was – the crowd was into it from the beginning.
When the evening began for Oregon Starting Pitcher Jake Reed he was lights out. The ball hitting the catchers mit with authority. He received a gift from the Ducks offense in the way of two runs in the first inning, just the third time this season Oregon scored that early in a contest. In the Top of the 4th things began to unravel. His pitches started to rise and Washington Hitters were making contact. In the fifth Washington took the lead 3-2, but Oregon has a secret weapon, one that hasn’t been seen since the finale against Vanderbilt. Call me crazy, but it’s the Techno Chicken. Fro some reason it’s what the Ducks need to mount a rally.
Ryon Healy hit a RBI single in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at 3, and Closer Jimmie Sherfy came in to shut the door in the 9th. The Ducks could not break through in the bottom of the 9th, so the game went to extra innings.
The Ducks were able to hold off the Huskies in the Top of the 10th. Enter Tyler Baumgarner, who picked up a hit and was able to extend the inning for Ryon Healy – who already had several hits on the night. He cranked a two run walk off homerun over the left field wall to win it for the Ducks, the first walkoff since Oregon returned to baseball in 2009.
For the game, Pitcher Jake Reed had an up and down performance, managed 8 innings, giving up two earned runs, and striking out five. Closer Jimmie Sherfy picked up his second win of the season.
Oregon continues the three game series tonight with Tommy Thorpe taking the mound for the Ducks. First pitch at 6pm.
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