Seattle at No. 6 Oregon
• Date: Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.
• Venue: PK Park
• TV: None
• Radio: KUJZ 95.3 FM in Eugene/Springfield
The sixth-ranked Ducks currently hold a one and a half-game lead over Arizona in the Pac-12 standings, but Oregon (38-14, 19-8) will take a week off from Pac-12 play to host Seattle (22-24) in a three-game series at PK Park beginning on Friday.
Sunday’s series finale against the Redhawks is scheduled for noon first pitch, and prior to the game Oregon will honor its 2012 senior class.
After beginning the season unranked, the Ducks are currently ranked in five national polls, and rest at No. 6 in the Baseball America Top-25 poll.
On Friday, Oregon host 50’s karaoke at PK Park. Fans can purchase reserved tickets for $5.50 which are available online only.
On Saturday, Oregon will host Scout Day ay PK Park.
Scouts that wear their uniform can purchase general admission tickets for only $1.
On Sunday, the Ducks will honor the 2012 senior class prior to first pitch. In addition, UO will host State Fair Day at PK Park. 4H and FFA members can purchase two reserved tickets for the price of one.
Oregon finished last week with an undefeated record of 4-0 as the Ducks have extended their win streak to five games entering Friday’s series opener against Seattle.
UO opened last week with a 3-2 victory over No. 23 Oregon State before sweeping USC.
Ryon Healy led Oregon batting .476 last week with two RBIs, a double and triple while Brett Thomas (.400) led Oregon driving in a team-leading three runs while stealing three bases.
Oregon’s starting pitching staff went 4-0 on the mound, holding opponents to six earned runs in 26 innings. Jimmie Sherfy totaled four saves in six innings while recording 13 strikeouts.
Oregon currently ranks fifth in the NCAA RPI ratings. In addition, Oregon’s 2012 schedule is ranked the third strongest in the country according boydsworld.com, while boydsworld.com rates Oregon’s RPI at five.
Preseason All-Conference Team
UT So. Ryon Healy .320, 4HR
Top 50 Draft Prospects
28. Jr. LHP Christian Jones
(missing 2012 season with injury)
40. So. 1B/RHP Ryon Healy
47. So. RHP Jimmie Sherfy
50. So. C/OF Aaron Jones
Top 100 College Seniors
46. Sr. RHP Alex Keudell
98. RS-Jr. RHP Joey Housey
Top 50 Freshmen
23. Fr. RHP Jake Reed
26. Fr. OF Billy Flamion
FRESHMAN CLASS RANKING
Once again a highly-touted recruiting class joined the Oregon baseball program as the 2011 class received a No. 9 ranking from Baseball America’s annual recruiting evaluations.
For the second year in a row, head coach George Horton brought in a top-10 class, and for the fourth consecutive year, Oregon has recruited a top-25 class.
A NEW LOOK
Oregon entered the 2012 season with 14 newcomers on the roster. From the 2011 squad, the Ducks lost three position starters with shortstop KC Serna, second baseman Danny Pulfer and catcher Jack Marder all departing after being selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
On the mound, Oregon took its biggest hit. The Ducks lost 322 and 1/3 innings of pitching, 15 wins and all 17 saves as Tyler Anderson, Madison Boer, Scott McGough and Kellen Moen were lost to the 2011 MLB Draft. Freshman Porter Clayton (0-1, 1 SV) is also missing from the 2012 roster after choosing to depart on a two-year mission.
• After finishing 2011 with a record of 5-12 in one-run games, the Ducks are currently 14-4 in one-run games and 4-0 in games that are decided in extra innings.
• Oregon is now 13-4 against ranked opponents in 2012.
• Oregon’s 19 conference wins are the most in program history.
• Oregon’s 25 home runs surpass the club’s total of 19 from 2012.
• Jimmie Sherfy’s 16 saves are a new Oregon single-season record.
• On April 28, Oregon baseball set a new PK Park attendance record with a crowd of 3,892 as UO defeated Cal 3-2.
• On April 18 at Volcanoes Stadium (Keizer, Ore.), freshman Jordan Spencer threw the first no-hitter since the Oregon baseball program was reinstated (2009) in a 3-0 victory over Portland.
• Oregon’s 5-0 series-clinching win over Stanford on April 14 marked the 600th Division I career victory for head coach George Horton.
• With Oregon’s 8-3 win at UCLA (April 16), the Ducks won five consecutive conference games for the first time since May 4-9, 1976.
• Oregon’s sweep of ASU was the first in the series history between the two clubs, and UO’s 1-0 victory on March 31 was the first Oregon shut out of the Sun Devils.
• In Oregon’s 3-1 victory over ASU on March 31, Kyle Garlick became the first UO player since reinstatement (2009) to hit two home runs in one game. Aaron Jones became the second player with two home runs at UCLA on April 5.
• On March 17, Oregon won its 100th game since the program was reinstated, defeating Washington, 3-2, in 13 innings at Husky Ballpark.
• Oregon’s 8-3 loss at Washington on March 16 snapped Oregon’s seven-game road winning streak - its longest since prior to 1963 (the first season game-by-game results are available).
• Oregon’s 10-game winning streak (Feb. 18-March 4) was its longest since 1969, and Oregon’s 10-1 start was the best for the program since 1965.
• From Feb. 19-23, UO recorded three consecutive wins with double-digit runs for the first time since April 22-24, 1974.
• Oregon trailed Long Beach State 5-0 on March 4, but the Ducks staged a comeback to win 8-7 on Aaron Jones’ walk-off in the bottom of the ninth. It was the Ducks’ first comeback from a five-run deficit since a 17-7 victory over East Tennessee State at PK Park on May 16, 2010.
• On March 10 in Oregon’s 12-0 win over West Virginia, Aaron Jones hit the first Oregon grand slam at PK Park since J.J. Altobelli vs. USC (April 25, 2010).
• Three Oregon pitchers have tossed nine-inning complete-game shutouts in 2012: Brando Tessar’s four-hit, nine-inning complete-game shutout helped UO to a 4-0 win over Connecticut on March 11. Alex Keudell pitched a four-hit shutout as No. 23 Oregon upset No. 14 Arizona State 1-0 on March 31. Jordan Spencer pitched a no-hitter in Oregon’s 3-0 shutout win over Portland on April 18.
Oregon ended a three-game losing streak by winning 11 of its last 12 games as the Ducks enter the weekend on a five-game winning streak.
During that stretch, Brett Thomas leads the Ducks batting .357 with eight extra-base hits (6 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run). UO, batting .266 on the year, is batting at a clip of .282 in its last 12 games as Aaron Payne (.349) has driven in a team-best 13 runs while Ryon Healy (.313) and Brett Hambright (.303) have also been productive.
UO’s pitching staff is managing a 3.02 ERA in 2012, but in Oregon’s last 12 games that number is 2.78. In 12 starts the starters are 9-1, while UO’s bullpen has earned an additional two wins while also backed with seven saves by UO closer Jimmie Sherfy.
VS. THE TOP-25
Oregon is currently 13-4 against teams ranked in the top-25 at the time of the contest. In those games, the Ducks have scored 4.5 runs per game, while allowing 3.1 runs per game. The Ducks have totaled 36 extra-base hits in top-25 games led by Aaron Payne (.323) and Brett Thomas (.321). Aaron Jones has driven in 15 runs.
Oregon’s defense has a .982 fielding percentage against top-25 competition, while the pitching staff manages a 2.80 ERA. Alex Keudell is an undefeated 5-0 against ranked opponents with a 0.88 ERA, allowing just four earned runs in 41 innings, while Jimmie Sherfy has totaled six saves.
Oregon holds a 10-4 record against teams currently ranked in the Baseball America top-25, including series wins over No. 11 UCLA, No. 14 Arizona, No. 17 Stanford and No. 18 Arizona State. In those games, Oregon’s pitching staff has held opponents to 3.2 earned runs per game. Brett Hambright leads Oregon batting .304 in those 14 games, while the trio of Aaron Jones (10), Aaron Payne (9) and Ryon Healy (8) have driven in 27 runs.
Oregon has driven in 217 runs this season, and out of those 217 RBIs, 89 have come with two outs. Oregon sophomore Kyle Garlick leads the Ducks with 15 two-out RBIs followed by Aaron Payne (14) and Aaron Jones (13) and Ryon Healy (13).
Senior right-hander Alex Keudell leads Oregon with a 1.94 ERA (3rd Pac-12, 35th country) and an 9-3 record. The Friday-night starter has been nearly flawless in Pac-12 play, with an 8-1 record in conference games and a league-leading 1.66 ERA amongst starting pitchers.
Against ranked opponents in 2012, Keudell is an undefeated 5-0 including wins over UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State and Arizona. The native of Portland, Ore., is 8-0 in his last eight starts with a 1.27 ERA. During that stretch, he has tossed three completes games, and in 63 and 2/3 innings has allowed just nine runs while holding opposing batters to a .216 clip. Following back-to-back to road wins over UCLA and Stanford, Keudell also received back-to-back Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week awards.
On the year, Keudell is holding opposing batters to a .231 average (.226 Pac-12 play). He leads the UO starting staff with 97 and 1/3 innings pitched, and his nine overall wins tie for second in the Pac-12 while his eight conference wins lead the league. Keudell has also recorded 10 quality starts in 2012, and his nine wins tie for first in UO single-season history while his 21 career wins rank second at Oregon.
IN THE NCAA
Oregon’s 3.02 ERA currently leads the Pac-12 and ranks 21st in the nation. The Duck pitching staff is holding opponents to a .227 clip to lead the Pac-12, while UO’s pitchers have picked off 13 runners to lead the league.
Oregon’s staff allows just 7.25 hits per nine innings to rank second in the country. The Ducks’ 348 strikeouts rank second in the league behind Arizona (354).
UO’s .978 fielding percentage ranks seventh in the country.
Oregon sophomore Jimmie Sherfy has taken over closing duties for the Ducks. The right-hander leads the league with 16 saves and in 51 innings, he has struck out 78 batters to lead the Ducks and rank fourth in the Pac-12.
In a team-leading 27 relief appearances, Sherfy has inherited 24 runners, allowing just four to score. In addition to his 16 saves, the Camarillo, Calif., native has a 4-2 record and a 2.29 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .174 clip.
During Oregon’s five-game winning streak, Sherfy is 1-0 with four saves. During that stretch, he has tossed nine and 2/3 shutout innings while striking out 15 batters.