Oregon heads to Portland for its first of two consecutive weekends in the Rose City this month. The Ducks will play four games at PGE Park this week as part of the inaugural Rose City Invitational, hosted by the University of Portland. First up for the Ducks is the Pilots (11-7) at 7 p.m. on Friday. Oregon will then play back-to-back games against Washington (11 a.m.) and Hawai’i (2:30 p.m.) on Saturday. This will be Oregon’s third non-conference game against the Huskies (6-9) this season, while it will be the Ducks first match up with the ‘Bows (10-6). All four teams will be seeded for Sunday’s championship games by overall tournament and head-to-head records. The third-place game is set for noon on Sunday, while the title tilt is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to close the Invite.
Baseball fans unable to make it to PGE Park this weekend can catch two of Oregon’s games on the tube. Friday’s 7 p.m. contest with Portland, and Saturday’s 11 a.m. match up with the Huskies will be broadcast by the Oregon Sports Network on Comcast SportsNet Northwest. Joe Giansante and Rob Closs will be calling both games.
Over the radio airwaves, the team of Jerry Allen and Brian Prawitz will broadcast all four games on KUGN 590 in Eugene.
On the internet, fans can watch a live video broadcast of Oregon’s first two games at the Rose City Invitational on the O-Zone. The O-Zone will also offer a live a audio broadcast for the Ducks’ final two games.
Live stats for all four games will be linked to www.GoDucks.com.
Oregon baseball fans can now watch all home games live on the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com. All home games will offer live video and audio. Live stats will also be available for all home games at www.GoDucks.com.
ROSE CITY INVITATIONAL PREVIEW
PORTLAND • 11-7
The Pilots head into this weekend’s on a three-game winning streak, including a 4-2 win against Fresno State last weekend at the Fresno State Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic. Portland has won three weekend series this year over Utah Valley State, Southern Utah and a sweep of UC Davis. The Pilots currently have three players hitting over .400; Garrett Queen (.429), Bryant Kraus (.424) and Chase Powell (.412). Kraus leads the offense with four home runs and 19 RBI. The pitching staff maintains a 4.61 ERA and has a 117-to-53 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
WASHINGTON • 6-9
Opposite to Portland, Washington enters this week having dropped its last three, suffering a three-game sweep to San Francisco in Seattle last weekend. The Huskies have played two similar Oregon opponents this season, dropping a series, 1-2, to open the year at Fresno State and winning a series, 2-1, at Nevada two weeks ago.
Earlier this month, Oregon dropped two midweek games at Husky Ballpark. Pierce Rankin leads UW with a .404 average, 11 extra-base hits and 12 RBI. Kyle Conley’s (.317) seven home runs and 16 RBI lead the squad. Lefty Ben Guidos (1-1, 2.45) is slated to start against Oregon Saturday. In his last outing against the Ducks, Guidos pitched six innings of shutout baseball, holding Oregon to one hit in a 10-2 Washington win.
HAWAI’I • 10-6
Hawai’i heads to the mainland on a seven-game winning streak, taking its last two series at Les Murakami Baseball Stadium in Honolulu. The ‘Bows took a series 3-1 from then 26th-ranked Mississippi State, before sweeping Loyola Marymount in four -game tilt last week.
As a team, Hawai’i is hitting .250 on the year led by Vinnie Catricala (.362, 15 RBI, 2 HR, 4 2B). Right-hander Matt Sisto is expected to start vs. Oregon on Saturday. Sisto is 1-1 on the year with a 5.03 ERA. Sisto allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings of work in his last outing against Loyola Marymount last Sunday.
Oregon hit four home runs last week in its four-game series at Nevada, doubling its season total to eight on the year, but the Ducks still rank eighth in the Pac-10 with shots over the fence. The Ducks are getting into scoring position by stealing 32 bases (second Pac-10) and executing 13 sacrifice bunts (third Pac-10).
Senior speedster Caleb Tommasini is tied with Arizona’s Bryce Ortega for a league-leading nine steals, while fellow outfielder Curtis Raulinaitis has eight to his credit.
Since the start of the season, Oregon has stuck with the starting rotation of left-hander Tyler Anderson, righty Erik Stavert, lefty Bennett Whitmore and right-hander Madison Boer. Combined the starting staff is 6-6 on the year with Stavert - a JC transfer from Chabot Junior College - having won his last three. Whitmore, an All-American from Fresno City College, pitched eight innings of shutout baseball at Nevada last Saturday, lifting the Ducks to a 3-0 victory over the Wolf Pack for his first win at the Division I level. He scattered seven hits, walked none and struck out eight.
The Ducks’ pitching staff maintains an ERA of 3.52, good for second in the Pac-10.
A QUICK SWITCH
Freshmen Scott McGough and KC Serna were two of the Ducks’ highly touted recruits in the 2008-09 signing class. Both capable of pitching and manning shortstop, Serna eventually won the spot in the hole, while McGough concentrated on his relieving duties.
In last Friday’s 6-5 win at Nevada, the pair’s roles were reversed when Serna was handed the ball with one down and the potential tying run on second base in the bottom of the ninth. The Ventura, Calif., native sandwiched a pair of outs around a base on balls to earn his first career save in the Ducks’ victory. Serna, who hadn’t thrown a pitch in a Duck uniform prior to the game, switched positions with McGough with one away and two runs already across for the Wolf Pack, and coaxed Travis Simas to fly out to left and Matt Bowman to foul out to first, ending UNR’s late rally.
Fifth-year senior Caleb Tommasini made the switch from the gridiron to the diamond as a fifth-year senior at Oregon. The Tenmile, Ore., native has started all 16 games in the leadoff spot and in left field. He currently leads Oregon in batting average (.322), slugging percentage (.441), runs scored (11), hits (19), triples (2), total bases (26) and stolen bases (9).
Last week, Tommasini hit the first home run of his collegiate career in a 3-0 victory at Nevada.
WHERE ON THE DIAMOND IS DANNY PULFER?
In last week’s 2-2 series split at Nevada, freshman Danny Pulfer played three different infield positions during the series. The Duck’s starting second baseman for the first 14 games, Pulfer made the move to third base for Saturday’s 3-0 victory. He sported a clean sheet on the hot corner and tallied five assists. Pulfer also played a little shortstop in Thursday’s 6-5 loss. On the weekend, Pulfer was flawless defensively in 14 chances, while recording 13 assists. He also put together one of his best series offensively on the year, batting .444 (4-for-9) with his first career triple and two RBIs. Pulfer led Oregon with a .615 on-base percentage, reaching base by way of a walk and also getting hit twice. In Friday’s 6-5 win, Pulfer added what ended up being the necessary insurance with an RBI single in the ninth to extend UO’s cushion to 6-3.
ROLL ON RAULINAITIS
Along with senior left fielder Caleb Tommasini, junior outfielder Curtis Raulinaitis is the only Duck to start all 16 games in the same position (CF) and spot of the lineup (2nd). The native of Sacramento, Calif., is batting .316 on the season with six RBIs, three doubles, seven runs scored, eight stolen bases and a team-leading .423 on-base percentage. Raulinaitis has also been walked a team-best 10 times.
HOME RUN KINGS?
Last week at Nevada, the Ducks doubled their home run total from four to eight on the season. Junior Jett Hart hit his team-leading second homer of the year, while senior Caleb Tommasini, freshman Paul Eshleman and junior Eddy Rodriguez all went yard for the first time this year.
FIRST OF MANY
Oregon began its modern era on Friday, Feb. 20 at Saint Mary’s, and the 2009 Ducks began to log some firsts for the program in 28 years...freshman left-hander Tyler Anderson will go down in the record books with the first pitch, first strikeout and first win on the mound...Senior Caleb Tommasini led off the game with the first at-bat and hit of the season, as well as the first walk drawn and the first run scored...The first RBI and double of the new era belong to freshman shortstop KC Serna...The first defensive assist and putout belong to freshman Danny Pulfer and Mitch Karraker....Jett Hart’s two-run triple in the fifth was the first triple of the modern era on Feb. 20, and in the first game of the Feb. 21 doubleheader, Hart slugged a two-run homer to left field in the fourth to go down in the record books...With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh on Feb. 20, junior left-hander Ryan Fleckenstein, junior catcher Eddy Rodriguez and freshman first baseman Darrell Hunter turned the first double play, 1-2-3, of 2009.
Oregon played its first home baseball game in 28 years on Friday, Feb. 27, christening PK Park and a soldout crown of 2,777 with a dramatic 1-0 victory over the defending College World Series champion Fresno State Bulldogs. A pitching duel between Oregon freshman left-hander Tyler Anderson and Fresno State’s Holden Sprague left the game scoreless headed into the ninth. Oregon junior left-hander Ryan Fleckenstein retired the side in the ninth to set up the Ducks victory. Junior catcher Eddy Rodriguez started the rally in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out single, and junior Jett Hart continued with another single that advanced Rodriguez to third. Senior Andrew Schmidt, pinch-hitting, secured the victory with a walk-off single to score the game-winning run.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Trailing Fresno State by eight runs entering the ninth on March 1, redshirt freshman Antony Kreitz entered the game as a defensive replacement in right field. In the bottom of the inning, the Eugene native received his first at-bat of the season and promptly made history. Kreitz hit the first-ever Oregon home run out of PK Park over the left field wall.
The 2008-09 Oregon baseball recruiting class received two top-10 rankings during the fall. First, Collegiate Baseball’s annual evaluation ranked the Ducks’ recruiting class second in the nation, while Baseball America put Oregon’s class at No. 10.
The 2008-09 class includes nine players that were taken in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, but chose to instead attend the UO.
RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT PORTLAND CLASSIC AT PGE PARK...THE RETURN OF THE CIVIL WAR
Tickets for the historic return of the Civil War baseball series remain available through Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (503) 224-4400.
The second and third games of the series will be played at PGE Park in Portland at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.
Duck fans will be on the first baseline, and Beaver fans on the third.
The first game of the series will be played at PK Park on Friday, March 27, and is now sold out.
STANDING ROOM ONLY
Standing Room Only tickets for University of Oregon home baseball games are still available through the UO Athletic Ticket Office announced today.
Tickets can be purchased on www.GoDucks.com, via telephone (541-346-4461 or 1-800-WEBFOOT) and in person at the Casanova Center Ticket Building.
Standing Room Only tickets for all home contests will cost $8 each. Standing Room Only tickets for the matchups against Sacramento State and Portland will cost $6. There is a limit of four Standing Room Only tickets per customer per game.
For more information, please visit www.GoDucks.com or call 541-346-4461 or 1-800-WEBFOOT.
DUCKS ON CSNNW
The Oregon Sports Network announced that it will broadcast 13 games during the season.
“My staff, the student-athletes and the program are delighted about the news that OSN will be producing a 13-game schedule this season,” head coach George Horton said. “The University and the Athletics Department has made a great step to reach out to all of our fans.”
All 13 games broadcast during the year will be aired on Comcast SportsNet Northwest (37) as well as CSN’s new HD channel (737).
OSN will cover the entire season from March through May, broadcasting three non-conference games and 10 conference games, including the Civil War Series from PK Park and PGE Park.
Two Oregon opponents on the television schedule competed in the 2008 College World Series; Fresno State (March 1) and Stanford (April 4), with the Bulldogs winning the championship.
The first broadcast of the season will be March 1, when Oregon hosts Fresno State, the defending CWS champions, at PK Park.
OSN will also broadcast three games against opponents that competed in last year’s Regionals and Super Regionals; UCLA (May 3) and Arizona (May 23-24).
OSN’s first Pac-10 broadcast of the year will be the conference opener and first Civil War baseball game in 28 years, when the Beavers visit PK Park on March 27. Oregon will also broadcast the third game of that series, Sunday, March 29, from PGE Park in Portland.
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