Healy Blasts 10th Inning Walk-Off Home Run

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It was a tight game throughout that eventually needed a little free baseball for the fans before it was all said and done. The No. 12 Oregon Ducks (20-6, 6-1) first basemen Ryon Healy sent Oregon fans home with an extra inning home run to give the Ducks a 5-3 win at PK Park over the rival Washington Huskies (6-17, 2-5).

Healy finished the game 3-of-5 with three RBIs and the one run scored. It was his fifth home run of the 2013 season. Healy also became the first Ducks player to hit a walk-off home run since the sport was reinstated for the 2009 season.

Tyler Baumgartner scores one of his three runs in the Ducks' walk-off victory (Gary Breedlove)
Tyler Baumgartner scores one of his three runs in the Ducks’ walk-off victory
(Gary Breedlove)

Tyler Baumgartner was the other Duck that scored on Healy’s blast. The designated hitter for Oregon went 1-of-5 from the plate but reached base two times on walks and scored three runs, including the game winner.

On the mound for the Ducks, it was All-American candidate and closer Jimmie Sherfy (2-0) who received credit for the win. Sherfy only pitched the 10th inning, retiring all three batters he faced. Jake Reed started the game for the Ducks, pitching eight innings allowing five hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out five.

For the struggling Huskies, six of their nine batters went hitless offensively. Leadoff hitters Jayce Ray and Joe Meggs went a combined 0-of-9. Closer Trevor Dunlap (0-1) was issued the loss for the Huskies allowing two runs on one hit in 0.2 innings pitched. Starter Jared Fisher went six innings allowing two runs and three hits before being pulled.

The win brings the Ducks’ win-streak up to five games and winners of 10 of their last 11. The Ducks have two more games against the Huskies this weekend. Oregon can clinch the series with a victory Friday night.

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