EUGENE, Ore. -- Sophomore Kyle Garlick came through with a pinch-hit walk-off single, scoring Vernell Warren from third base in the bottom of the 13th at PK Park on Saturday night, lifting the No. 18 Oregon Ducks (9-1) over the Long Beach State Dirtbags (4-6).
Warren went 2 for 2, working a walk in a pinch-hit assignment to start to ninth inning before hitting two singles in extra frames. Garlick was substituted for Billy Flamion, and delivered with one away against Long Beach State’s Maciel (0-1).
Oregon started the game hot, with Ryon Healy’s RBI single in the bottom of the first, and Brett Hambright’s RBI double in the second inning. But Long Beach State’s starting pitcher Matt Anderson held the Ducks scoreless for the remainder of his 6.2 innings pitched.
Anderson wasn’t the only pitcher spinning a gem, though, as Oregon’s Jake Reed allowed just one run over his 7.1 innings pitched, striking out eight, and allowing only five hits.
With a runner at second, and one out in the eighth inning, Oregon’s Jimmie Sherfy was called on to get the Ducks the win. He quickly forced a fly-out and a strikeout before returning in the ninth. Sherfy struck out the first two Dirtbag batters to face him in the 9th, but a single by Matt Duffy extended the game. Duffy eventually scored the tying run off of a Brennan Fulkerson single.
Sherfy ran the course, though, allowing just two hits in his 5.2 innings of relief. Sherfy earned the win, improving to (2-0) on the season.
The Ducks are now (9-1), their best start since 1965 and third best all time.
The finale of this three game series is scheduled for Sunday at 12 p.m., featuring lefty Ryan Strufing (2-0, 1.84) from Long Beach State against Oregon’s right-hander Brando Tessar (2-0, 3.86).