June 4, 2010

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - Oregon had four straight bunts to start the ninth inning and scored three runs to beat Connecticut 5-3 in the first round of the Norwich Regional on Friday night.

The Huskies (47-15) scored a run in the bottom of the ninth before the Ducks' Madison Boer struck out George Springer with a runner at third for his fourth save - all in the last four games.

With the score tied 2-2, Oregon (39-22) loaded the bases in the top of the ninth on a bunt by Danny Pulfer and two fielder's choices on sacrifice attempts by Jack Marder and Eddie Rodriguez.

J.J. Altobelli followed with a sacrifice to give the Ducks a 3-2 lead, and pinch-hitter Steven Packard had an RBI single.

A chopper by pinch-hitter Marcus Piazzisi was misplayed by Connecticut third baseman Mike Olt, allowing the Ducks to stretch their lead to 5-2.