Oregon wins first conference game in walk-off fashion

Ducks take series finale against the Washington Huskies.

Posted: Mar 17, 2019 11:45 PM

Eugene, OR. -- In a game that was controlled by dominant pitching performances, it was Johnny DeLuca’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th that gave the Ducks a 1-0 victory over the Washington Huskies.

Prior to Sunday’s win, Oregon was outscored 27-6 in the first two games of the series against Washington. But with the walk-off victory, the Oregon baseball team improved to 11-7 on the year and 1-2 in Pac-12 play, avenging the losses from Friday and Saturday.

“We needed that one to overstate the obvious,” said Oregon head coach George Horton. “I’m proud of my guys. We got outplayed in the first two games. But Johnny came up big for us and turned around a guy’s 94 mph fastball. Good for Johnny and good for us. We needed it.”

Oregon infielder and outfielder Johnny DeLuca was 0-4 with three strikeouts leading up to his thrilling at bat in the 10th inning. But DeLuca came up big when the Ducks needed it most.

"You know in my situation, 0-4 with three K's isn't very good. But the game always says you want that fifth at bat,” said DeLuca. “And when you are put in situations like that it becomes a game and very fun. That's obviously what happened. The pitching showed and I love playing behind these guys."

Oregon resumes Pac-12 play with a three-game series against Arizona State next Friday at PK Park, with first pitch slated for 6 p.m.

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