EUGENE, Ore. – Ryon Healy delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally No. 7 Oregon past South Dakota State 3-2 in the first round of the Eugene Regional Tournament on Friday night at PK Park.
Healy, who missed Oregon’s last two games and five of its last nine with an injury, ripped a one ball, one strike pitch into the gap in left center scoring J.J. Altobelli and Aaron Payne. Altobelli opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Thomas before Payne was hit by a pitch to set up Healy’s heroics.
All-American Jimmie Sherfy pitched the ninth to pick up his 21st save of the season. Garrett Cleavinger (9-0) got the win after retiring the side in the eighth inning. Starter Jake Reed allowed just two runs, one earned, in seven innings. He struck out three while finishing with no walks.
J.D. Moore (0-2) took the loss for South Dakota State allowing a run on a hit in one inning. Jackrabbit’s starter Layne Somsen was brilliant holding Oregon to one unearned run on a single hit in seven-plus innings. He was removed after walking the leadoff hitter in the eighth with a pitch count of 118.
Aaron Machbitz gave the Jackrabbits the early lead with a RBI single up the middle off Reed in the second inning. South Dakota State (35-23) put together three hits in the inning with designated hitter Daniel Telford starting the rally with a lead-off base hit before scoring on Machbitz’s hit.
Telford made it 2-0 SDSU in the fourth when he scored on an error by third baseman Ryan Hambright on a slow roller hit by Machbitz.
Oregon (46-14) cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fifth with the help of the Jackrabbits. Connor Hofmann reached second on an error by Machbitz on a squibber to first to lead off the inning. Hofmann stole third and scored on a wild pitch Somsen.
Oregon, who won despite finishing with just two hits in the game, tied the school record with its 46th win. The Ducks face No. 20 Rice, a 3-2 winner over San Francisco on Friday, in the winner’s bracket of the tournament at 6 p.m. on Saturday. South Dakota State and San Francisco play a loser out game at 2 p.m.