Ganus delivers walk-off series win
EUGENE, Ore. — Pinch hitter Tyler Ganus broke a 6-6 tie with a bases-loaded single scoring Jacob Walsh to give Oregon a 7-6 series-clinching win over Ball State on Sunday at PK Park.
Ganus drove the ball over the third baseman's head landing just inside the left-field line giving Oregon its third walk-off win of the season.
How It Happened: The Ducks (21-11) jumped out to an early lead scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Anthony Hall started the rally with a single to left field, stole second and moved to third on a Josiah Cromwick base hit before scoring on a wild pitch.
Cromwick came around to score on a Gavin Grant single after Sam Novitske walked and moved to third, escaping a hot box, and allowing Grant to move to second.
Tanner Smith made it 3-0, driving in Novitske with a RBI ground out.
Ball State (18-12) rallied to the lead with a four-run fifth inning, but Oregon responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game.
Oregon opened the inning with back-to-back-to-back hits, but Colby Shade was thrown out at home trying to score on a Jacob Walsh single to left. The Ducks got the tying run when the next hitter, Josh Kasevich grounded out to second scoring Brennan Milone.
The Ducks added single runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings to build a two-run lead. Grant gave Oregon the lead in the sixth with a solo home run over the right-field wall. Oregon made it 6-4 with an unearned run in the seventh when Kasevich scored on a Cardinals' throwing error.
Ball State tied the game in the top of the eight with back-to-back solo home runs, setting up Ganus' heroics.
Series Notes: Smith led Oregon in the four-game series batting .429 (6-for-14) with a home run, four RBI and four runs scored … He also walked five times finishing with a .579 on-base percentage … Oregon hit six home runs to run its season total to 51, five shy of the school record … The Ducks homered in all four games, running their home run streak to seven games, the second most in school history behind the 17-game streak the Ducks set earlier this season … Grant's home run was his fifth of the season, giving Oregon five players with five-or-more home runs … The Ducks stole 10 bases in the four-game series.
On Deck: Oregon returns to Pac-12 Conference play Thursday at Washington.