Ducks Bring Four-Game Winning Streak Back To PK Park
Release Date: 03/11/2010
After playing 12 of the first 14 games on the road, Oregon returns to PK Park this weekend to host Seattle in a four-game series.
Similar to the Ducks of a year ago, the Redhawks reinstated their baseball program and are playing for the first time since the mid-1980s.
The Ducks take a 9-5 record and a four-game winning streak into this weekend after a four-game road sweep of Fresno State last week at Beiden Field.
Seattle enters this weekend with a record of 2-8, with wins coming at Portland, 5-4, and at Pacific, 10-9.
The Oregon Sports Network will broadcast its second Oregon baseball game of the year against the Redhawks at 1 p.m., Sunday. Duck fans can follow the broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.
Joe Giansante and veteran sportswriter and radio personality Dwight Jaynes will be on the broadcast.
Over the radio airwaves, Brian Prawitz will provide the play-by-play on KSCR 1320 AM in the Eugene/Springfield area for all four Seattle games this week.
The O-Zone will also offer a live video and audio feed of all four Seattle contests this week as well.
For Duck fans in Portland, all four games this weekend will be aired on KUIK 1360 AM.
Live stats will be available for all four games at www.GoDucks.com.
O-ZONE: ONLINE VIDEO & AUDIO
Baseball fans can now watch Oregon baseball home games live on the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com. All home games will offer live video and audio.
A reminder that season tickets and mini plans for the 2010 season remain on sale. Duck fans can purchase tickets online by clicking HERE, over the phone by calling 1-800-WEB-FOOT, or in person at the Casanova Center Ticket Office.
Fans looking forward to the season will be able to select their seats while placing their orders.
Single game tickets also remain available. Tuesday’s opener vs. Washington at 5 p.m., will feature a special Opening Day penant giveaway for fans.
Duck fans can use their BIMART card online only to buy one ticket and receive a second for free to Friday’s game (5 p.m.). Use Promo Code BIMART.
Saturday’s doubleheader (12 p.m.) is Youth Team Day. Children ages 12 and under receive free admission by wearing baseball uniform.
Sunday’s 1 p.m. first pitch is Family Day at PK Park. Two adults and two children receive admission and four tickets for the price of $25. The purchase is online only and can be made using promo code FAMILY.
Sunday is also Umpqua Sunday Sundae, and the first 96 fans through the gates receive a pint of Umpqua Mountain Blackberry Revel ice cream.
Customers who spend $50 or more at any of the three Eugene area Duck Stores, will receive a coupon which contains a promo code for $5 chairback seats to any of the Seattle games (regular price $15).
• Oregon welcomes back five position starters from the 2009 squad; Curtis Raulinaitis, Danny Pulfer, KC Serna, Mitch Karraker and Jett Hart.
• The Duck pitching staff has 11 returners, including sophomore left-hander Tyler Anderson, who is expected to get the start the series on Friday night against Seattle.
• Oregon also welcomes 11 newcomers to the roster; eight freshmen and three juniors.
Similar to Oregon of a season ago, Seattle has reinstated its baseball program after it was disbanded during the mid-1980s. The Redhawks are playing their first season of varsity baseball since that time.
Prior to the 1980s, the Ducks and Redhawks met on the diamond nine times, with UO winning all nine contests.
The last meeting was a 9-0 Oregon victory on March 31, 1979 in Riverside, Calif.
The Redhawks enter this weekend with a record of 2-8 as the pitching staff has struggled with a 10.44 ERA. Seattle has lost two series thus far, 2-1 at Portland, and 3-1 at Pacific.
The Redhawks are batting .240 on the season, but Cullen Hendrickson leads the offense hitting .414 with 10 RBIs and two home runs.
RECAPPING FRESNO STATE
Last week Oregon began the week with a 1-1 record against Washington. The Ducks took the first game of the two-game tilt- and 2010 home opener at PK Park - by the score of 6-2 with Alex Keudell on the mound and Eddie Rodriguez having a 3-for-4 day.
The Huskies came back to even things up in the second game on Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Ducks, 5-3.
Oregon then went on their third straight road trip in as many weekends, and swept 2008 College World Series champion Fresno State in four games.
As a team the Ducks hit .326 in the series led by Eddie Rodriguez, KC Serna, Curtis Raulinaitis and J.J. Altobelli.
Rodriguez batted .636 with three RBIs and one homer in the series, while Serna hit .563 with one double, two RBIs and one stolen base. Also hitting round-trippers in the series in addition to Rodriguez, was Marcus Piazzisi and Jack Marder.
On the mound all four Oregon starters earned victories. Sophomore Tyler Anderson got the series started on the right note, tossing eight innings of shutout baseball while striking out a season-high 10 in last Friday’s 7-2 win. Scott McGough, Zack Thornton and Alex Keudell also got wins on the mound while Drew Gagnier earned his second save of the year last Saturday.
It was Oreogn’s first sweep of a series since April 1980, and first series sweep on the road since May of 1976.
• Oregon opened 2010 on an eight-game road trip to southern California and Hawaii.
• The Ducks played 12 of their first 14 games on the road.
• Six opponents (CSF, STAN, OSU, UCLA, ASU, WSU) on Oregon’s 2010 schedule are currently ranked in at least one preseason national poll.
• Oregon’s longest home stretch of the season is nine games from Friday, March 12-Tuesday, March 23 as Seattle, Nevada and Southern Utah travel to Eugene.
• Believe it or not, UO’s eight-game road trip to start the season is one of two on the year. Oregon will play eight-straight road games from Friday, April 9-Wednesday, April 21, traveling to Stanford, UCLA and Gonzaga.
• After Oregon’s game at UCLA on April 18, the Ducks will play in the Northwest the remainder of the season playing 15 contests at PK Park while traveling to Gonzaga, Oregon State, Portland and Washington.
RODRIGUEZ PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oregon starting catcher Eddie Rodriguez was named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week, for the week of March 1-7.
Rodriguez helped lead the Ducks to a 5-1 record last week including a four-game road sweep of Fresno State. It was the first sweep of the modern era for Oregon, and the first since 1980.
Appearing in all six games and starting four, Rodriguez batted hit a team-leading .688 (11-for-16) from the plate with six runs scored, four RBIs, one home run, 14 total bases, a .875 slugging percentage and a .688 on-base percentage.
During the four-game series sweep of Fresno, Rodriguez batted .636 (7-for-11) and scored five runs with three RBIs and one home run. He had a .909 slugging percentage and a .636 on-base percentage. It was the Ducks first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor since reinstating baseball for the 2009 season.
KEUDELL DOES DOUBLE DUTY
Oregon sophomore right-hander Alex Keudell was asked to do double duty last week as the Ducks had six games on the schedule .The Portland native started two games, and finished with a 2-0 record, improving his season mark to 3-0.
In two starts, Keudell tossed a total of 13 and 1/3 innings, surrendering four runs – only three earned. He walked just three batters while facing 54 in his two starts, and accumulated 10 strikeouts. He finished the week with a 2.03 ERA.
In front of 2,609 fans at Oregon’s home opener at PK Park last Tuesday, Keudell tossed seven innings in his first start of the season and held the Huskies to two runs on six hits and three walks. He fell just one strikeout short of matching his career high, fanning six in the game.
Keduell then helped the Ducks lock up their first series sweep of the modern era, and the first since 1980, starting in the Ducks 8-3 victory at Fresno State on Sunday. Keudell allowed two runs - one earned - in 6 1/3 innings of work against the Bulldogs. He struck out four and walked no one to improve to 3-0 on the year.
Currently five Oregon Ducks have hitting streaks going of three game or better, while two Oregon starting pitchers have earned victories on the hill in their last two starts.
Catcher Eddie Rodriguez (.385, 5 RBI), shortstop KC Serna (.383, 7 RBI, 5 2B) and part-time first baseman Shawn Peterson (.571, 7 RBI) head into this weekend’s Seattle series on six-game hitting streaks. Senior outfielder Curtis Raulinaitis is on a four-game hitting streak, and is hitting .306 on the year with nine RBIs, while second baseman Danny Pulfer (.364, 11 RBI) and catcher Mitch Karraker (.250) are on three-game hitting streaks.
In two starts this season, Alex Keudell is 2-0 after two wins last week over Washington and Fresno State. Keudell is expected to make his third start of the year on Sunday vs. Seattle. On the year, Keudell is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five appearances in two starts. He has struck out 19 and walked just four.
Senior right-hander Zack Thornton also has won in his last two starts; a 3-0 shutout of Hawai’i on Feb. 28, and last Sunday’s 8-3 series-clinching win over Fresno State. Thornton is expected get his fourth start of the season against Seattle in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Oregon closer Drew Gagnier is also a perfect 2-for-2 while coming in for the save this season. He has made five appearances this season and has a 1.42 ERA while pitching 6 and 1/3 innings and striking out six.
Oregon head coach George Horton hasn’t been shy about putting his true freshmen in the thick of things this season.
Horton has three true freshmen starting regularly on defense with Jack Marder in right field, J.J. Altobelli at third base and Ryan Hambright manning first.
Altobelli leads the group batting .292 with eight RBIs, while Hambright (.212) has been walked seven times. Hambright has also made two relief appearances on the hill.
Marder is hitting .167 with two doubles . The Calabasas, Calif., native has been hit a team-leading six times, and last Friday in the series opening win at Fresno State, knocked out his first home run in an Oregon uniform - a two-out, solo shot in the fourth.
Other freshmen to earn starts in 2010 have been Steven Packard (.214, 4BB, 1 RBI, 1 2B), Nick Wagner (.125, 2 RBI) and Andrew Mendenhall (.200, 1 RBI).
GAGNIER ON STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Oregon junior right-hander Drew Gagnier was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List.
Gagnier is one of 40 collegiate baseball players that have been named to the initial watch list for the sixth annual NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
The Santa Cruz, Calif., native was named Pac-10 Honorable Mention last season, and was drafted in the 14th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics, but chose to return to the University of Oregon for 2010.
The Ducks main closer in 2009, Gagnier appeared in 23 games and finished the year with a 2.70 ERA, a 1-0 record and 30 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched. He finished the year with seven saves, tying for sixth in the Pac-10.
Oregon inked 12 players during the early signing period, and each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the U of O for the 2010-11 academic year. All 12 newcomers are currently in their senior year of high school.
This is Oregon’s third recruiting class since the reinstatement of the UO baseball program, and if history repeats itself, the 2010 graduating class should garner national honors like its predecessors.
Of Oregon’s 12 signees, six rank among the top-200 high school prospects for 2010, including three of the country’s top-50 ranked prospects, according to PerfectGame Crosschecker.
For two consecutive years, Oregon’s recruiting classes have earned top-25 accolades. The Ducks’ 2009 class, brought in for the program’s first season in 28 years, was ranked No. 2 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball’s annual evaluation, and was also ranked 10th in the nation by Baseball America’s evaluation.
The Ducks’ second class received the No. 24 ranking in the nation from Baseball America earlier this fall.
CIVIL WAR CLASSIC
Tickets are also currently on sale for The Civil War Classic presented by RBC Wealth Management. First pitch is set 6:30 p.m. from PGE Park in Portland on Wednesday, May 26.
Tickets, which range in price from $5-$35, are available at www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster locations.
Oregon’s newest facility opened to 2,609 fans on March 2 as UO defeated Washington, 6-2. The park has full locker rooms, clubhouses and team amenities, as well as a state-of-the-art video board and a classic inning by inning score board.
The park has specially designed lighting structures. There is a landscaped area for food and hospitality and even a fan interaction area. There is a student seating area to enhance the intimacy for the Oregon baseball team and spectators.
Eugene architect firm Cameron, McCarthy, Gilbert & Scheibe was the lead landscape architectural firm on the first phase of construction. Larry Gilbert is leading the project.
PK Park is a year-round facility. The park features:
* A large external plaza and walkway
* An in-stadium concourse that can be used as a festival area for other sporting events.
* A pre-game area before home football games, where other games of interest will be played on the large video board.
* Seating for approximately 3,600 fans and a large standing room only section along right field.
“We have designed PK Park with all the features and amenities necessary to help the University of Oregon baseball program quickly establish itself as a regular on the ‘Road to Omaha’. The Ducks’ passionate fans will find their new ballpark to be one of the best places in the country to cheer on their favorite team,” said Greg Garlock, Designer and Principal with DLR Group.
PK Park has a total capacity of 4,000, including 3,000 fixed seats, a tiered party plaza named “Fowl Territory”, a picnic plaza and eight upper level suites.
The field is made of an all-weather base-ball specific FieldTurf, with clay mounds and bullpens. FieldTurf is the leading provider of collegiate baseball synthetic turf. The company has been installing similar products at college ballparks around the country.
2008 – On August 15, 2008 The University of Oregon announced that work has begun on the construction of a new baseball park. PK Park is named after Athletic Director Pat Kilkenny for his leadership, vision, support, and commitment to the University of Oregon. It was projected to cost $15-$18 million.
2009 – Baseball returns to the University of Oregon. In the team’s first game at the park on Feb. 27, the Ducks beat Fresno State, the defending national champions in front of a sellout crowd.
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