When the final weekend of regular season came around on May 4 and 5, the Northern Pacific West region was down to just two teams vying for a playoff spot in a three-game series. The Western men’s club baseball team stole the series, and a playoff spot, away from the University of Oregon on May 5.
The weekend was everything sports are made of – filled with extra innings, excitement and game-winners.
The first game of the weekend saw Western storm out of the gates, punishing Oregon with an offensive barrage. The game ended early in the seventh inning; Oregon’s fate was sealed when Western increased their lead with more than 10 runs.
Sunday's first game couldn’t be decided in the planned seven innings, and the Ducks used the extra inning to emerge victorious in eight innings, 4-3.
The third game settled the rivalry and sent the Vikings to the playoffs. Western scored in the ninth inning and defeated Oregon in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel.
The Vikings next compete in the Northern Pacific Regional playoffs, starting on May 10 in La Grande, Ore.
If the Vikings win, they will advance to the National Club Baseball World Series in Tampa Bay May 24-30.