SEATTLE, Wash. – No 14 Oregon led by two runs twice, including in the 10th inning, but No. 14 Washington rallied both times to beat the Ducks 5-4 in 10 innings on Sunday at Husky Ballpark.
Andrew Ely delivered the game-ending three-run triple off reliever Darrell Hunter with one out in the 10th inning to give UW (22-6-1, 10-2 Pac-12) a win in the series. Hunter relieved Jake Reed after the Huskies loaded the bases with no outs against the Oregon closer. Hunter got the first batter he faced to ground out to third forcing the lead runner at home, but Ely pulled the second pitch he saw into the right-field corner allowing Braden Bishop to score the winning run from first.
It looked like Steven Packard was going to be the hero for Oregon (22-10, 7-5 Pac-12). The junior delivered a one-out RBI single through the right side of the infield to score Austin Grebeck, who led off the inning with a double, to put the Ducks ahead 4-3 against Husky closer Troy Rallings. A.J. Balta added a two-out RBI single to give Oregon some cushion heading into the bottom of the inning.
Oregon starter Jeff Gold was masterful for most of the game. He retired Washington in order in six of the eight innings he pitched, while taking a no-hitter into the sixth. After Gold retired the first two batters of the inning, Washington strung together four straight hits off Gold to tie the game 2-2. He settled down and got the final seven batters he faced out, while matching a career-long outing throwing eight innings.
Reed (1-2) took the loss allowing three runs on one hit with two walks in 0.2 innings. Rallings (3-0) got the win despite allowing two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings.
Mitchell Tolman and Balta led Oregon offensively with Tolman going 2-for-3 with a run scored and Balta finishing 2-for-5 with a RBI.