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  • Healy's walk-off homer boosts Ducks

  • EUGENE — Ryon Healy has done just about everything during his career at Oregon, but until Thursday night the junior had never hit a walk-off home run to win a game for the Ducks.
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  • EUGENE — Ryon Healy has done just about everything during his career at Oregon, but until Thursday night the junior had never hit a walk-off home run to win a game for the Ducks.
    That changed when Oregon's leading hitter lined a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning over the left-field wall to give the Ducks a 5-3 win over Washington in a Pac-12 Conference game at PK Park. Healy became the first Duck to hit a walk-off home run since baseball was reinstated before the 2009 season.
    Oregon is 20-6 overall and 6-1 in the Pac-12.
    Healy's blast, his fifth of the season, scored Tyler Baumgartner, who extended the inning to bring Healy to the plate with a two-out walk.
    It wasn't the first time in the game Baumgartner extended an inning and Healy responded with a big hit. The duo combined for heroics in the bottom of the eighth when Healy delivered a two-out single to score Baumgartner from second and eventually force the game into extra innings.
    Baumgartner started the rally with a two-out bloop double down the left-field line that dropped when the Huskies had miscommunication between the left fielder and the shortstop.
    Healy was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run, while Baumgartner went 1-for-3 with three runs. Freshman Mitchell Tolman was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
    All-American closer Jimmie Sherfy (2-0) picked up the win by retiring the Huskies in order in the 10th. Starter Jake Reed allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits in eight innings while striking out five. Garrett Cleavinger pitched a scoreless ninth.
    SAN DIEGO 7, OREGON STATE 4 — At San Diego, Kavin Keyes hit his first home run of the season but second-ranked Oregon State committed five errors in the series-opening loss to San Diego at Fowler Park.
    Keyes led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to right. It was the second home run of Keyes' career and put the Beavers up 4-3.
    The Toreros (17-9), however, scored the game's final four runs. Five of their seven runs were unearned, and the five errors by the Beavers (21-3 overall) were a season-high.
    The first of two triples for Louie Lechich, coming in the sixth, proved to be the game winner, breaking a 4-4 deadlock.
    Max MacNabb worked 11/3 innings of relief for San Diego to pick up the win and improve to 2-2 this season. Taylor Starr, meanwhile, took the loss after allowing three hits and an unearned run. He is 0-1 on the year.
    CONFORTO SELECTED — Oregon State sophomore outfielder Michael Conforto has accepted an invite to play for the USA Baseball collegiate national team this summer.
    Eight Beavers have played for Team USA. The others are Brian Barden (2008, 2010), Kevin Gunderson and Jonah Nickerson (2005), Darwin Barney (2006), Kevin Rhoderick (2008), Matt Boyd (2011) and Dan Child (2012).
    Conforto appeared in 16 games for Team USA in 2012. He batted .208 with two doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs. He hit a grand slam during Team USA's visit to Cuba in a five-game series.
    Conforto leads the Beavers with a .375 batting average, six home runs and 22 RBIs.
    SKIPPER, KEYS SHINE — At Austin, Texas, Greg Skipper unleashed the ninth best men's hammer throw in school history and Dakotah Keys set a second day personal best in the decathlon for Oregon in the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
    Skipper continued his strong early season with a 6-foot personal best in the men's hammer to finish second overall. The freshman from Oregon City had a best throw of 216-5, which ranks fifth in the nation this season.
    UCLA's Alec Faldermeyer won with a mark of 228-10.
    Keys set personal bests in three events to finish fourth in the decathlon with 7,743 points.
    Curtis Beach of Duke won with 8,011 points, followed by Romain Martin of Texas-Arlington with 7,904 and Isaac Murphy of Texas with 7,758.
    Those are the top four decathlon scores in the nation in 2013.
    Keys won the javelin with an impressive throw of 210-11 on his final attempt. That was a personal best by nearly 2 feet.
    His day got off to a strong start with personal bests in the 110-meter hurdles (14.71) and the discus (124-4).
    The sophomore from Sweet Home then tied his decathlon PR in the pole vault with a clearance of 15-9.
    Keys' Day 2 score, 3,875 points, was a personal best by 51 points.
    The Ducks' Annie Whitfield claimed third in the women's javelin. The freshman from Sweet Home had a best of 143-9.
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