Ducks win regional opener in ninth

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the fifth-seeded Ducks defeated Austin Peay 6-5 Friday night in the Eugene Regional at PK Park.

The Ducks will move on to play 12th-ranked and the Regional’s No. 2 seed Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at 6 pm at PK Park in game four of the Eugene Regional.

Oregon head coach George Horton spent 11 seasons (1997-2007) as the head coach at Cal State Fullerton, leading the Titans to eight Big West Conference championships, six College World Series appearances and the 2004 College World Series title.

Aaron Payne scored the winning run when third baseman Greg Bachman couldn’t handle a ball put in play by Kyle Garlick for the Governors’ third error of the game.

The Ducks (43-17) tied the game earlier in the inning when Brett Thomas chopped a single back to pitcher Tyler Rogers. The Austin Peay (38-23) closer attempted to tag Oregon’s J.J. Altobelli as he raced home from third, but missed.

The win was the Ducks’ first this season when trailing after eight innings. They had been 0-16.

Trailing 4-3 after six innings, the Governors tied the game in the seventh when Jordan Hankins scored from third on a double-play ground out by Reed Harper.

They took the lead in the eighth on Cody Hudson’s sacrifice fly to right field scoring Tyler Childress.

Hankins finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Ryan Hambright had a career-high four hits for the Ducks, who outhit Austin Peay 13-9.

Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy (5-2) was credited with the win after shutting out Austin Peay on one hit and one and 1/3 innings.

Rogers (4-4) took the loss after allowing two runs on one hit, two walks and one hit batter in the ninth.

In the first game of the Eugene Regional on Friday, Cal State Fullerton defeated Indiana State, 9-5. Indiana State and Austin Peay will play in the first elimination game of the tournament at 2 p.m. Saturday at PK Park.