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Release Date: 05/16/2013
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Ducks and Beavers meet four times in five days, including three conference games in Eugene this weekend: Oregon and Oregon State meet at PK Park this weekend in a three-game series that could determine who wins the Pac-12 regular season championship. The Ducks enter the weekend 19-5 in league play, one game behind the Beavers at 20-4. UCLA can still win the championship with the Bruins sitting at 17-7 in league action. All three teams have six games left in league play. After playing the Beavers, Oregon wraps up the regular season at last-place Utah, which is 6-21 in conference play. The Beavers host Washington State next weekend. The Cougars are 8-16 in the Pac-12 and are in 10th place in the 11-team league. UCLA finishes with three home games against USC this weekend and a three-game road trip to Stanford next weekend. The Ducks, Beavers and Bruins all rank in the top 11 of all five college baseball polls so the next two weeks will go a long way toward determining national seeding and regional host sites. The Beavers are ranked in the top seven in all five polls with a high ranking of three (NCBWA). The Ducks are ranked in the top 11 in all five polls with three of them (USA Today Coaches, Collegiate Baseball, and NCBWA) ranking UO sixth. The Bruins are no lower than 11 as well, and are as high as eighth in the Baseball America poll. The Ducks and Beavers will also meet in a non-league game Tuesday in Corvallis to wrap up their five-game season series.

 

Ducks’ seniors will be honored Sunday: Oregon will honor seven players before Sunday’s game to thank them for their time wearing a Ducks’ uniform. J.J. Altobelli, Jeff Gold, Ryan Hambright, Darrell Hunter, Christian Jones, Andrew Mendenhall and Danny Pardini will all be recognized during the ceremony.

 

Altobelli has played in 221 games over the last four seasons, while starting 218. He holds the career records at Oregon for games started, at bats, runs and hits. He is also on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award honoring the nation’s top shortstop. Gold has appeared in 36 games in the last three years and has 12 career wins and a 3.26 ERA. Hambright has started 90 of the 138 games he has played in during his four seasons in Eugene. Hunter, one of George Horton’s first recruits, returned to the squad for his senior season after briefly giving up baseball because of health issues and has been a key cog in the Ducks’ bullpen. Jones has overcome injuries as well and has 10 career wins and is a key part of the UO bullpen this year. Mendenhall and Pardini have both been sidelined this season with injuries. Mendenhall has already received his degree in general social science.

 

Irvin named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week: Cole Irvin has been named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after tossing his second complete-game shutout of the season, scattering six hits and striking out seven batters in a 4-0 victory over Ohio State. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native issued one walk and allowed just one extra-base hit in the second game of a double-header in Columbus. It was the third complete game of the season for the talented freshman, whose 2.62 ERA ranks second on the team and 11th in the conference. Irvin has pitched a team-high 92.0 innings with 47 strikeouts and 19 walks this season. This is Irvin’s second Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week nod of the season. Duck pitchers have won the award seven times overall.

Ducks 18-8 all-time against ranked teams at PK Park: Oregon is no stranger to hosting ranked teams at PK Park. During the program’s four-plus seasons playing in the park, the Ducks have played 26 games against teams ranked in the Baseball America top 25 and compiled an impressive 18-8 record in those games -- a .692 winning percentage. Oregon has hosted three ranked teams this season with the latest coming when the Ducks swept No. 21 Stanford in a three-game series. Oregon also hosted No. 13 UCLA who won two of three over the Ducks. In March, Oregon hosted No. 2 Vanderbilt and won one of three against the Commodores. The Ducks won the series finale in both of those series.

 

Until this season, the Ducks had won all but one series against ranked teams they had played in PK Park. Oregon beat defending National Champion and 15th-ranked Fresno State two out of three in 2009 in the first series in ballpark history against a ranked team. The Ducks won the first two, 1-0 and 7-1, before losing game three 10-3. In 2010, Oregon dropped two of three to No. 2 Arizona State winning game two 6-5 in 12 innings, while beating No. 19 San Diego 13-4. In 2011, UO beat No. 23 Arizona two out of three and swept No. 6 Oregon State at PK Park. Last season, the Ducks swept No. 14 Arizona State in a three-game series, while beating No. 23 Oregon State in a single Tuesday game. Since baseball was reinstated at Oregon, the Ducks have played the No. 1 team in the country in two separate series on the road. In 2009, UO lost two games at UC Irvine (9-6, 7-4) before taking two of three games (5-4, 8-4, 1-5) at UCLA in 2010. (See a complete list of games Oregon has played vs. ranked opponents on page 7 of this release)

 

Healy and Sherfy named to Golden Spikes Awards midseason watch list: Oregon first baseman Ryon Healy and closer Jimmie Sherfy have been named to the 60-man Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. Sherfy, a 2012 All-American and finalist for the Stopper of the Year Award, was also on the award’s preseason watch list. He is the active career leader in strikeouts per nine innings with over 13 Ks per nine innings, while also ranking second on the active career saves list with 38. The right-hander enters this weekend second in the country in saves during the 2013 season with 19, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 1.00 ERA. The Golden Spikes Award is the third watch list Sherfy has been named to this spring. He is also on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year midseason watch list and the Pitcher of the Year watch list.

 

Healy, a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week this season, is a new addition to the award’s watch list. He ranks in the top 85 in the nation in seven separate categories – home runs, home runs per game, RBI, RBI per game, doubles slugging percentage and total bases. Healy enters the series against Oregon State batting .333 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI. He leads the Ducks in home runs, RBI, doubles (16), total bases (111) and slugging percentage (.569). The 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award will be announced May 28 with the winner being named on Friday, July 19.

 

Healy named Pac-12 Player of the Week for second time this season: Ryon Healy was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after leading Oregon to a 4-0 record, including a series sweep of No. 21 Stanford. The honor is the second of the season for the Ducks’ first baseman. Healy batted .400 (6-for-15) for the week with two home runs, a double, seven RBI and three runs scored. He led Oregon with a .867 slugging percentage and had a .500 on base percentage. The junior was even better in the three games against Stanford hitting .455 (5-for-11) with two home runs, a double, seven RBI and two runs scored. His slugging percentage was 1.091 vs. the Cardinal and he had a .538 on base percentage.

 

Healy led Oregon to a 6-4 win in game two of the Stanford series hitting a pair of two-run homers, finishing the game 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. In Sunday’s series finale, he added two more RBI including one on a ninth-inning double that tied the score and set up Oregon’s winning squeeze bunt play. Healy had a hit in all four Ducks’ games during the week and picked up at least one RBI in all three Stanford games. Healy’s first conference player of the week came after he led the Ducks to a four-game sweep at Hawaii in February to open the season. His second award gives the Ducks four weekly awards this season. Scott Heineman was named the conference player of the week on April 15 and Cole Irvin claimed pitcher of the week honors on April 1.

 

Healy delivers first walk-off home run in modern history at Oregon: Since Oregon reinstated baseball before the 2009 season; no Oregon Duck had hit a walk-off home run until March 28. Ryon Healy became the first to do it when he lined a two-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the 10th inning to give UO a 5-3 win over the Washington Huskies. Healy’s blast came two innings after he singled in the tying run to eventually send the game into extra innings.

 

Healy’s 13 multi-RBI games in 2013 sets new school record; first baseman closing in on multi-hit games record as well: Ryon Healy has 13 games with multiple RBI this season breaking the old modern era record of 12 set my Marcus Piazzisi in 2010. Healy has seven two RBI games, four three RBI games and two four RBI games so far this season. The junior also has 20 games with more than one hit, which ranks fourth all-time. He needs eight more to set a new school record.

 

Healy ties single season records for RBI and doubles at Oregon; closing in on a number of other single-season school records: Ryon Healy enters this weekend’s games vs. Oregon State needing just one RBI and one double to set a new single season record holder in both categories. He tied both records at Ohio State last weekend. Healy has 47 RBI and is tied with Dave Roberts (1972) for the all-time lead. Healy has 16 doubles to tie Danny Pulfer (2011) for the single-season record. The West Hills, Calif., native is also closing in on the single-season records in home runs, hits, and at bats. Healy currently ranks sixth in home runs with 10 and needs five more to set a new school record. He will tie Keith Lampard (1965) for fourth with his next round tripper. Healy is tied for sixth in hits with 65 and needs 17 more to become the single-season leader. Healy sits just outside the top 10 in at bats with 195 this season and will crack the top 10 with eight more. He needs 59 more this year to break the record of 253 that he set last season for the Ducks.

 

Healy already career leader at Oregon in four categories, while ranking in top 10 in six other categories: Ryon Healy has set new school career records for RBI, doubles, intentional walks and multi-RBI games this season. The Ducks’ first baseman has 109 career RBI, breaking the old record of 90 RBI. He has 39 doubles (two more than teammate J.J. Altobelli and five more than Brett Thomas), breaking the old record of 31. Healy’s 11 intentional walks are three more than the old record (kept since 2009), and his 28 games with more than one RBI is eight more than the record set by Aaron Jones (2011-12). Healy is also second in multi-hit games (56) and needs just three more to break the existing record of 58.  He is third in hits (119), fourth all-time in at bats (570) and games started (145), fifth in home runs (18) and eighth in walks (57).

 

Sherfy on watch lists for Golden Spikes Award, Pitcher of the Year Award and NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award: Jimmie Sherfy has added three watch lists to his list of accomplishments. The All-American right-hander earned a spot on the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List and the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List. Sherfy is one of 51 players on the stopper of the year list, one of 22 players to make the latest pitcher of the year list and one of 60 players on the Golden Spikes list.

 

The junior also leads the nation in saves with 19, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 1.03 ERA. He also ranks in a three-way tie for second in the country in active career saves. Sherfy earned multiple postseason All-America honors as a sophomore after finishing the season with 19 saves and a 2.20 ERA. The right-hander claimed first-team ABCA/Rawlings All-America recognition, while being named second-team All-America by the NCBWA, Baseball America, and Perfect Game, and third-team by Louisville Slugger. Sherfy was also a NCBWA Stopper of the Year finalist and claimed first-team All-Pac 12 accolades after leading the league in saves. Sherfy set an Oregon record with 19 saves last season while finishing with a 5-3 record in 36 appearances. He struck out 93 hitters in just 61.1 innings (an average of 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched) and held opponents to a .172 batting average.

 

2013 Sherfy Honors

Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List

Pitcher of the Year Watch List

2013 USA Baseball Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

NCBWA Preseason 1st-Team All-America

Louisville Slugger Preseason 1st-Team All-America

Perfect Game Preseason 2nd-Team All-America

 

Sherfy 2012 Postseason Honors

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist

ABCA/Rawlings 1st-Team All-America

Baseball America 2nd-Team All-America

Perfect Game 2nd-Team All-America

NCBWA 2nd-Team All-America

Louisville Slugger 3rd-Team All-America

Pac-12 1st-Team All-Conference

 

Sherfy is NCAA active leader in career strikeouts per nine innings, second on active career saves list: Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy’s 13.05 strikeouts per nine innings during his career leads the country in the category. The Duck junior has fanned more than a quarter of a hitter more per nine innings in his three-year career than his closest competitor, Stephen Richter of Delaware, who has 12.73 Ks per nine innings. Sherfy also ranks second on the active career saves list with 38. The junior passed Ole Miss’ Brett Huber and Texas’ Cory Knebel Wednesday against Gonzaga, and trails only La Salle’s Pat Christensen (44 saves) on the active list. Sherfy, who is the career leader at Oregon, tied the school’s single-season saves mark--which he set in 2012--Wednesday against Gonzaga with his 19th.

 

Sherfy leads country in saves while other Ducks rank among national leaders; Oregon tops in nation in sacrifice bunts: Jimmie Sherfy picked up his 19th save of the season Wednesday against Gonzaga and is now tied with Austin Peay’s Tyler Rogers for the national lead. Aaron Payne ranks in the top 10 in a pair of categories. The junior second baseman is third in sacrifice bunts with 19, while ranking sixth in sacrifice bunts per game (0.37). Freshman Cole Irvin is seventh in victories with 10, three off the national lead. Irvin, Tommy Thorpe and Jake Reed are tied for 23rd in games started with 13.  Ryon Healy ranks in the top 85 in seven separate categories. He is 37th in home runs with 10, 45th in home runs per game with 0.20, 61st in RBI with 47, 66th in total bases with 109, 72nd in RBI per game with 0.94, 83rd in slugging percentage at .569 and 85th in doubles with 16.

 

As a team, Oregon leads the country in sacrifice bunts with 80, while ranking fifth in fielding percentage at .980. Overall the Ducks rank in the top 60 in eight categories. UO also ranks among the national leaders in win-loss percentage (10th; .792), ERA (10th; 2.58), hits allowed per nine innings (13th; 7.51), WHIP (17th; 1.18), strikeout-to-walk ratio (51st; 2.29) and stolen bases (55th; 74).

 

Sherfy closing in on own school single-season records: Jimmie Sherfy has showed he wasn’t a one-hit wonder. The Ducks’ closer set two school records last season, and he is on pace to break both of them this year. Sherfy has already tied his school record with 19 saves and will set a new record with his next one. He has also finished 32 games this year and needs four more to break the record of 35 he set last season.

 

Sherfy continues to add to career saves record at Oregon; also cracks top 10 in career strikeouts: Jimmie Sherfy continues to add to his career saves record at Oregon. The Ducks’ closer who set the record last season has built his total to 38 career saves, 27 more than Drew Gagnier (2009-10), who set the old record with 11. Sherfy has also cracked the school’s all-time strikeouts top 10. He is ninth with 143 during his career and he needs eight more to pass Arba Ager (1962-64) for eighth.

 

Altobelli on Brooks Wallace Award Watch List: Senior J.J. Altobelli is one of 27 shortstops on the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which recognizes the nation’s premier shortstop. The award will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.

 

Altobelli is career leader in four statistical categories at Oregon; ranks in top 10 in another eight: Senior J.J. Altobelli holds the school record at Oregon for at bats (768), games started (218), runs (119) and hits (203). The Ducks’ shortstop also ranks among the school’s all-time greats in doubles (2nd; 37, two behind Ryon Healy), hit by pitches (3rd; 19), multiple-hit games (3rd; 51); RBI (3rd; 89), walks (4th; 69), multiple-RBI games (4th; 18), most intentional walks (4th; 3) and stolen bases (8th; 24).

 

Thomas, Payne and Heineman also among career leaders on offense; while Reed, Thorpe, Jones and Gold rank on career pitching lists: Juniors Brett Thomas and Aaron Payne join Ryon Healy and J.J. Altobelli among active players moving up the career lists at Oregon. Thomas ranks among the all-time leaders in doubles (3rd; 37), games started (5th; 135), multiple-hit games (5th; 44), at bats (5th; 501), hits (5th; 157), stolen bases (9th, 22) and multiple-RBI games (10th; 9). The Ducks left fielder also is closing in on the all-time leaders in walks. Payne is the school’s all-time leader in hit by pitches (40) and is among the leaders in games started (6th; 117), triples (7th; 7) and walks (9th; 55). He is also approaching the all-time at bats leaders as well. Sophomore Scott Heineman is 10th all-time in multiple-RBI games.

 

On the mound, juniors Christian Jones and Jeff Gold and sophomores Jake Reed and Tommy Thorpe rank among the all-time leaders. Reed is ranked in four categories including pickoffs (3rd; 7), starts (3rd; 30), innings pitched (7th, 198.0) and wins (8th; 14). Thorpe is among the leaders in runners picked off (5th, 4), appearances (7th; 48), starts (7th, 14) and saves (9th, 1). Jones ranks among the leaders in appearances (6th; 54), starts (7th; 14) and saves (9th; 1), while Gold is in the top five in career starts (5th; 18). Freshman Cole Irvin just cracked the top 10 in starts with 13 passing teammate Brando Tessar. Freshman Garrett Cleavinger (7th; 2), junior Darrell Hunter (9th; 1) and freshman Derek Smith (9th; 1) all rank in the career saves top 10.

 

Ducks schedule features a number of ranked teams: Oregon’s schedule has been one of the most challenging in the country and it gets even better over the next two weeks. The Ducks have played 16 games against teams ranked in the Baseball America Top 25 season this year, compiling an 8-8 record in those games. Oregon will add four more to that list by next Tuesday with the Ducks meeting nationally-ranked Oregon State four times from May 17-21. Of those 16 games already played against ranked teams, 10 have been against teams ranked in the top eight of this week’s poll. The Ducks played No. 1 Vanderbilt and No. 4 Cal State Fullerton three times each in a 10-day stretch in early March. Oregon beat No. 6 Oregon State in a mid-week game on April 9 and then played No. 8 UCLA in a three-game series in mid-April.

 

Tolman named NCBWA National Hitter of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week: Freshman Mitchell Tolman was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Hitter of the Week and the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week for the week ending May 5.

 

Tolman batted .474 (9-for-19) with a double, three walks and 14 RBI as Oregon won four of five games on the road, including a sweep of Washington State in Pullman. The Lake Forest, Calif. native hit safely and notched an RBI in each of the Ducks’ five games and registered multiple hits in three contests. He went 3-for-4 (.750) and drove in seven runs in a 12-7 victory over Seattle on Tuesday-- his seven RBI were the most by a Duck since Jack Marder collected eight on March 9,  2010. He added a hit and a pair of RBI in a loss at Seattle on Wednesday. In a three-game series with Washington State over the weekend, Tolman went 5-for-12 (.417) with five RBI and three walks. He scored the winning run from first in Sunday’s 11-inning victory over the Cougars after starting the rally with a two-out hit.  Tolman, who entered the week with 12 RBI, is tied for third on the team with 26 RBI.  This is Tolman’s first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and Oregon’s 11th all-time selection. Oregon’s Ryon Healy earned the distinction last week after batting .400 (6-for-15) with a double, two home runs and seven RBI.

 

Irvin named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week: Freshman Cole Irvin was named the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and the Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week after throwing a shutout against Washington. Irvin pitched Oregon’s first complete-game shutout of the season and only allowed two runners to advance past first base in the Ducks’ 6-0 victory over Washington on March 30. He allowed just four hits, while striking out a season-high 11 batters and registering one walk. The Yorba Linda, Calif. product found his rhythm early, fanning seven batters through the first four innings, and never let up. He struck out one in the sixth, another in the seventh, and notched a pair of punch outs in the ninth.

 

Heineman named Pac-12 Player of the Week: Scott Heineman has been named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week after leading Oregon to a 4-0 record from April 9 to April 14. Heineman batted .438 (7-for-16) with three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and five runs scored as the Ducks went 4-0 on the road and earned their first Conference road sweep since the program was reinstated in 2009. The Pacific Palisades, Calif. native, who finished the week with a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.188 slugging percentage, hit safely in all four outings and logged a pair of multiple-hit games against California over the weekend. Heineman, who entered the weekend with one career home run, went yard twice in Saturday’s 10-4 victory over the Bears and added a homer in Sunday’s 5-4 win in Berkeley. All three of his doubles and six of his seven hits came in the weekend set.

 

Ducks pick up first Pac-12 road sweep since 1976: Oregon swept California in a three-game Pac-12 series earlier this year marking the first time since the Ducks reinstated baseball for the 2009 season that Oregon has won all three games of a Pac-12 series away from PK Park. Oregon’s last sweep of a three-game series in conference play came in May 1976 when UO took three at Washington. The Ducks added a three-game conference sweep at Washington State in May.

 

Ducks play nine TV games, including Saturday and Sunday on Pac-12 Networks: Oregon will make nine regular season appearances on national television during the 2013 season. Oregon plays a total of eight games on the Pac-12 Networks during the season, while also playing one game on ESPNU. The Ducks were supposed to play one game on the Big Ten Network but that game was rained out at Ohio State. (See complete TV schedule on page 6)

 

Ducks pitchers dominate at Ohio State: Oregon wrapped up an eight-game road trip with three wins at Ohio State behind dominant pitching. The Ducks’ staff combined to allow just one run in 30 innings in Columbus. Cole Irvin highlighted the weekend with a complete game shutout, but Jake Reed threw seven shutout innings, Tommy Thorpe allowed just one run in seven innings and Jimmie Sherfy (2 saves) and Garrett Cleavinger (win) led another strong effort by the bullpen which allowed no runs in 6.1 innings.

 

Four Duck pitchers combine for 15 strikeouts in 3-1 win over Portland: Christian Jones, Jeff Gold, Garrett Cleavinger and Jimmie Sherfy combined to strike out 15 Portland batters in a 3-1 win on Feb. 26, while not allowing a walk during the game. Jones started the game and struck out five in three innings before giving way to Gold who fanned a career-high seven Pilots in four innings. Cleavinger struck out two in the eighth inning, and Sherfy added one punch out in the ninth to give the Ducks their most strikeouts since Feb. 18, 2012 when Oregon pitchers struck out 17 Hawaii batters in a 12-inning win.

 

Horton named 2012 Division I Coach of the Year by FieldTurf: University of Oregon head baseball coach George Horton won the 7th annual FieldTurf Baseball Award as the 2012 NCAA Division I Coach of the Year Field Turf announced in January. Horton led the Ducks to within one win of the College World Series in just the program’s fourth season after it was reinstated for the 2009 season.  Under Horton’s tutelage, Oregon finished the 2012 season with a 46-19 record and a No. 11 ranking in the final Baseball America Top-25 poll. The Super Regional appearance was the eighth by a Horton coached team, and the first for Oregon since 1954. The 40-win season was the ninth in Horton’s 15 years as a head coach at the Division I level and the team’s .708 winning percentage was the best by a Ducks team since 1978.

 

Ducks 2013 recruiting class ranked No. 6 by Perfect game: The Oregon Ducks 2013 baseball recruiting class is ranked sixth in the nation by Perfect Game. The Ducks signed the nationally-ranked class after advancing to within one game of the College World Series last season.  Oregon won a school-record 46 games in 2012 before ending its season in the Super Regional in Eugene.

The Scenario: Oregon heads into the final two weekends of the season with a chance to set a new school record for most wins in a season for the second straight year, while also having a chance to claim its first baseball league title since 1974. The Ducks are 42-11 with seven regular-season games to play before starting NCAA regional play. Oregon set a school record last year winning 46 games, while finishing one win short of advancing to the College World Series. UO enters this weekend one game behind Oregon State for first place in the Pac-12. The Beavers hold a 14-8 series advantage over the Ducks since Oregon reinstated baseball for the 2009 season. This will be the fifth Pac-12 three-game series since that time between the two teams, with three of the previous four ending in series sweeps. OSU won two of three in 2009 before sweeping the series in 2010, UO won all three league games during the 2011 season and Oregon State swept the series last season. Oregon heads into this year’s league series with a 6-3 non-conference win over Oregon State on April 9.

 

Oregon’s pitching staff will look to continue to lead the Ducks. UO enters the week with a 2.78 ERA. Oregon’s three weekend starters have combined to post a 2.75 ERA with 27 quality starts, with each contributing nine of those. The bullpen has combined for just a 2.09 ERA with Jimmie Sherfy leading the way with a 1.00 ERA and 19 saves. Freshman Garrett Cleavinger has an 8-0 record, including a pair of wins against both Stanford and Washington State, to go with two saves. Darrell Hunter (2-0, 1.97 ERA, 1 save) and Christian Jones (1-1, 1 save, 2.08 ERA) give the Ducks four options to use late in games. Offensively, Ryon Healy leads UO in hits (65), doubles (16), home runs (10), RBI (47), total bases (111) and slugging percentage (.569). Oregon has seen its team batting average climb to .264 with four regulars hitting over .285. In addition to Healy who is hitting .333, freshman Mitchell Tolman is batting a team-best .362 with 31 RBI and a team-high .437 on-base percentage. Brett Thomas is hitting .325 with 15 doubles and 28 RBI and J.J. Altobelli is hitting .285. Scott Heineman is second on the team in RBI (33) and third in doubles (13) while batting .276. Aaron Payne, who bats second, has a .380 on base percentage with team highs in walks (26), hit by pitches (14), sacrifice bunts (19) and sacrifice flies (4).

Healy’s consecutive start streak snapped at 127:  Oregon first baseman Ryon Healy had his consecutive games started streak snapped at 127 last Sunday at Ohio State, and he didn’t play in either of the Gonzaga games. The Duck junior began the streak on May 13, 2011 when he started at first base in the series opener against Stanford during his freshman season. He finished that year starting the final 12 games of the year. The last game Healy didn’t start before last Sunday was a 7-7 tie at Seattle on May 11, 2011.

 

Healy’s streak isn’t the only one to come to an end this year. Second baseman Aaron Payne had his 76-game streak snapped March 4 when he didn’t play against Cal State Northridge in the first game of the two-game series with the Matadors. Payne had started the first 11 games this season and all 65 games in 2012. Shortstop J.J. Altobelli had his 51-game streak snapped when he didn’t start at Portland on April 16. Freshman Mitchell Tolman now has the longest streak on the team with 35 straight starts.

 

Consecutive Starts:

Name:                 2013           Total               

Mitchell Tolman    35                35

Brett Thomas         26                26

Scott Heineman     24                24

J.J. Altobelli          16                16

Aaron Payne           8                  8

Ryan Hambright     7                  7

Nick Catalano        2                  2

Shaun Chase           1                  1

Craig Meredith       1                  1

 

Oregon picked fourth in preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll: The Oregon Ducks were picked to finish fourth in the 2013 Pac-12 Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll. UO received 73 points behind only preseason favorite Stanford, UCLA and Oregon State. The Ducks won a school-record 46 games in 2012 before ending their season in the Super Regional in Eugene. UO returns seven position player starters this season behind a pitching staff that features four returning starters and an All-American reliever.

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