Xavier blows 5-run lead, falls to Oregon in NCAA elimination game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Aaron Payne led off the 10th inning with a walk, stole second and scored the tiebreaking run on Xavier's fifth error in Oregon's 11-8 victory Sunday in an elimination game in NCAA play.

The Ducks (44-19) advanced to face host Vanderbilt on Sunday night, needing a victory to force another game Monday.

Aaron Payne opened the tenth 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.

Andre Jernigan hit a three-run homer in the top of the sixth as the Musketeers (30-29) scored five runs with two outs to take a 5-3 lead. Daniel Rizzie hit another three-run shot in the seventh to make it 8-3.

Kyle Garlick trimmed the Musketeers' lead to 8-6 with a three-run homer in the eighth. The Ducks tied it in the ninth on Payne's RBI single and two errors.

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