Ducks eliminated by Vanderbilt on walkoff single

The Associated Press /

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pinch-hitter Ro Coleman hit a two-out walkoff single with the bases loaded off Jake Reed to send Vanderbilt back to the super regionals with a 3-2 victory over Oregon on Sunday night.

Coleman, a 5-foot-5 freshman, was mobbed in right field after the hit as the Commodores (44-18) defeated Oregon for the second time in as many days.

The Commodores, playing in their sixth straight regional final, tied it at 2 in the bottom of the eighth when Bryan Reynolds legged out a potential double play by diving into first to drive home pinch-runner Will Cooper.

Reed (4-2) replaced Garrett Cleavinger, who walked Zander Wiel to lead off the ninth. Wiel advanced on a wild pitch and Reed hit the next batter and allowed an infield single to load the bases with one out.

Vanderbilt, in the super regionals for the second straight year and third time in four years, will face the winner of today’s Indiana-Stanford game.

Oregon (44-20) took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on three straight singles, the last by Kevin Minjares.

Earlier Sunday:

Oregon 11, Xavier 8: Aaron Payne led off the 10th with a walk, stole second and scored the tiebreaking run on Xavier’s fifth error. Payne opened the 10th with a walk, then stole second and scored on Xavier’s fifth error as Oregon regained a 9-8 edge. After Payne scored, Mitchell Tolman added an RBI triple and Tyler Baumgartner’s bunt scored Tolman. Jake Reed, the Ducks fifth pitcher, closed the 10th out with a flyout and two groundouts.