Hawaii beats Oregon 7-6 in dramatic walk-off victory


Tyler Best

The University of Hawaii baseball team took its third straight game off of Oregon on Saturday, winning in walk-off fashion in a 7-6 thriller.

The ‘Bows (11-5) were down for the majority of the game but seized the lead with a four-run seventh inning after Matt Wong’s triple broke a 5-5 tie.

Oregon scored the tying run in the top of the ninth on a wild fielder’s choice, but couldn’t take another lead.

The Rainbow Warriors promptly loaded up the bases and scored the winning run after Tyler Best grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Adam Fogel.

In his fourth start of the season, junior lefty Brandon Ross lasted just four batters and yielded to Cade Smith after throwing three straight walks without recording an out. Smith allowed two earned runs in six innings on short notice, striking out nine Ducks in the process.

Wong led the UH bats offensively with two triples, while nobody on the Ducks registered more than one hit.

Carter Loewen was brought in for the save but gave up the tying run. He instead gets the win. For Oregon, Kamehameha graduate Hunter Breault gets tagged with the loss after walking two and giving up a run in 1.1 innings pitched.

The Ducks and Rainbow Warriors will conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

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