In a final push for the postseason, No. 21 Oregon will play its final four regular season games this week.
Before its final Pac-10 series of the season with California beginning on Friday, the Ducks will host Oregon State in the final game of the 2010 Civil War series at PGE Park on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
Oregon (37-19, 12-12) moved up one spot to No. 21 in the Baseball America Top-25 poll this week, after finishing last week with a record of 3-1.
The Ducks, currently sitting at fifth in the Pac-10 standings, have won seven of their last eight games dating back to a 13-4 victory over then No. 19 San Diego on May 11.
BASEBALL IN MEDFORD
Oregon baseball will now be available in Medford on KCMX 880 AM.
Three of Oregon’s four games this week will be broadcast by the Oregon Sports Network on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, beginning with The Civil War Classic presented by RBC Wealth Management from PGE Park at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday.
The final two games of the season against California on Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) from PK Park will also be aired by OSN on CSNNW.
Dwight Jaynes and Joe Giansante will be making the call on all three televised games.
Over the radio airwaves, Jerry Allen and Brian Prawitz will provide the play-by-play on THE SCORE 95.3 FM in the Eugene/Springfield area for all four games this weekend.
A video broadcast of all three games against California will also be made available on the O-Zone. Live stats will also be made available 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 single-game tickets 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.
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.
Tickets, which range in price from $5-$35, are available at www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster locations.
PACK PK MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
As part of a weekend-long fan appreciation series, $5 bleacher seats will be available for all three games against California this weekend.
Friday vs. California • 7 p.m.
Armed Forces Day Presented by Navy
Veterans and current active duty military will receive a free ticket to Friday’s game by showing their military ID at the ticket office window.
Coupons to the first 500 fans through the gates will be distributed for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.
Saturday vs. California • 6 p.m.
Movie Night - The Sandlot
All children ages 12 and under will be admitted to Saturday’s game for free when they bring their glove to the game and present it at the ticket office window. All fans are encouraged to stay after the game to watch The Sandlot on the PK Park video board. Popcorn will also be free on Saturday at the park.
Sunday vs. California • 1 p.m.
Fan Appreciation Party at PK Park
The first 750 fans through the gates will receive the third and final set of Oregon baseball cards presented by PEPSI. Prior to the game, Oregon will honor its senior class playing its final game at PK Park.
Fans are invited to stay after Sunday’s game for a postgame party on the field which will include an autograph session with the Oregon baseball team.
• Oregon welcomes back five position starters from the 2009 squad; Curtis Raulinaitis, Danny Pulfer, KC Serna, Mitch Karraker and Jett Hart.
• The Ducks pitching staff has 11 returners, including sophomore left-hander Tyler Anderson, who is expected to start the series opener on Friday night vs. California.
• Oregon also welcomes 11 newcomers to the roster; eight freshmen and three juniors.
• Oregon opened 2010 on an eight-game road trip to southern California and Hawaii, and came back to Eugene with a 4-4 record.
• The Ducks played 12 of their first 14 games on the road, but returned to play nine consecutive home games before opening up Pac-10 play. The Ducks were 9-5 in their first 14 games, and 8-1 during a nine-game homestand.
• Eight opponents (ARIZ, ASU, CSF, FS, STAN, UCLA, USD, WSU) on Oregon’s 2010 schedule are currently ranked in at least one national poll.
• Oregon’s longest home stretch of the season was nine games from Friday, March 12-Tuesday, March 23 as Seattle, Nevada and Southern Utah traveled to Eugene. The Ducks finished that stretch 8-1.
• Believe it or not, UO’s eight-game road trip to start the season was one of two on the year. Oregon also played eight straight games on the road at then No. 22 Stanford (April 9-10), at then No. 1 UCLA (April 16-18) and at Gonzaga (April 20-21). The Ducks finished that stretch of games 6-2.
• Oregon will now play in the Northwest the remainder of the season playing 15 contests at PK Park while traveling to Oregon State, Portland and Washington.
OREGON STATE PREVIEW
The Civil War Classic presented by RBC Wealth Management will be the final contest in the 2010 season series between the Ducks an Beavers.
OSU (28-21, 10-14) has already won the season series (3-1) after sweeping the Ducks at Goss Stadium in a Pac-10 series from May 7-9. All three games were decided by one run on walk-off plays from the Beavers. The Ducks won the first non-conference game at PK Park, 9-4, back on April 27.
Oregon’s KC Serna has hit .375 (6-for-16) against the Beavers this year, while OSU’s Stefen Romero has batted .500 (7-for-14) with two home runs, two doubles and four RBI.
No. 21 Oregon won its fifth Pac-10 series of the season taking 2-of-3 on the road at Washington last week.
Oregon dropped the first game of its series with the Huskies in extra innings on Friday night, but rebounded with wins on Saturday and Sunday thanks to tremendous performances on the mound from Justin LaTempa, Zack Thornton and Madison Boer, while KC Serna homered twice during the series.
Freshman Jack Marder remains day-to-day after suffering a concussion and leaving the game in third inning of UO’s 5-0 win over ETSU on May 14.
With one week remaining in the regular season, Oregon posts a record of 37-19, with hopes of advancing to the postseason.
Regional sites will be announced at 12:30 p.m. PST on Sunday at www.ncaa.com/cws.
The 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship 64-team field with first-round regional pairings and site assignments, will be revealed in a live, half-hour telecast on ESPN at 9:30 a.m. PST on Monday. The 30-minute program will originate from ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn.
AGAINST THE NATION’S BEST
No. 21 Oregon has some impressive numbers to look at as the regular season comes to a close.
• The Ducks have a 23 ranking in the NCAA RPI.
• No. 21 Oregon is 7-4 against top-25 clubs this season.
• The Ducks have won five Pac-10 series in 2010, and nine series overall.
• Oregon is 5-2 on the road against top-25 teams.
• The Ducks are 3-3 against No.1-ranked teams in 2010.
BOER IN RELIEF
Last week, Oregon sophomore right-hander Madison Boer appeared in three of the Ducks’ four games. Boer went 4 and 1/3 innings in a start at Portland last Tuesday. He held the Pilots to one run on five hits while striking out two in just his fourth start of the year.
He earned his first save of the season in Oregon’s 5-2 win at Washington on Saturday. In Boer’s three innings of relief, he faced just one batter over the minimum.
On Sunday’s 5-2 victory, he came on the hill in the bottom of the ninth with runners on first and second as Doug Cherry represented the tying run at the plate with only out on the scoreboard. On just one pitch, the Eden Prairie, Minn., native coaxed a double play out of Cherry to earn his second save in as many days.
There is no place like home, and back in his home state, freshman outfielder Andrew Mendenhall led Oregon to a 5-2 victory over Washington last Saturday.
In just his eighth start of the season, Mendenhall was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and two RBIs – all career highs for the Kennewick, Wash., native. The starting left fielder also had a crucial running catch in the fourth inning to preserve what was at the time, a slim one-run lead.
Oregon’s pitching staff is second in the Pac-10 with a 3.10 ERA. The Ducks are holding opposing batters to a .254 clip (3rd Pac-10), and have dealt 451 strikeouts, trailing only UCLA (540) and Arizona State (464) in the conference.
The Ducks also lead the league having picked off 17 runners this year.
The Ducks weekend rotation of Tyler Anderson (2.55 ERA; 4th Pac-10), Justin LaTempa (3.10 ERA; 10th Pac-10) and Zack Thornton (3.23 ERA) has combined for 221 strikeouts.
Anderson, the Friday-night starter, is 7-3 on the season with a 2.55 ERA (4th Pac-10;) and 94 strikeouts (T-5th Pac-10). In 14 starts, Anderson has pitched a total of 88 and 1/3 innings, issuing just 30 walks. He is holding batters to a .213 clip (6th Pac-10).
Justin LaTempa is 5-2 on the year with a 3.10 ERA. He is holding batters to a .237 clip, and has struck out 65 in 13 starts and 78 and 1/3 innings on the mound.
Zack Thornton has split his time this season between starter and relief, excelling in both for No. 21 Oregon. He has a 3.23 ERA, while his eight wins on the mound tie for sixth in the conference as the senior is an undefeated 8-0. Of Oregon’s 12 Pac-10 wins, five are credited to Thornton. And of those five victories, four were series-clinching wins for the Ducks.
NATIONAL HONORS FOR LATEMPA
On May 4, The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named Justin LaTempa the Pro-Line Athletic National Pitcher of the Week. CollegeBaseball360.com also voted LaTempa its Primetime Pitcher of the Week
He was also named the College Baseball Insider National Pitcher of the Week, while the College Baseball Foundation named LaTempa to its weekly National All-Star Lineup. The senior was nearly untouchable on May 1 vs. Washington State, tossing a complete game, one-hit shutout and dealing 10 strikeouts as the then No.15 Ducks defeated the Cougars, 6-0.
Senior Eddie Rodriguez’s catapulted his sixth home run of the season to right center in the bottom of the eighth inning, clinching the cycle for the Ducks starting catcher in Oregon’s 17-7 victory over East Tennessee State on May 16 at PK Park.
Hitting for the cycle, Rodriguez led the Ducks with a 4-for-6 day at the plate. He totaled a career best five RBIs, and also scored two runs. The Warden, Wash., native produced a one-run double in the second, a RBI single in the fifth, and legged out a triple to right center in the seventh before launching a three-run homer to right center in the eighth. Rodriguez leads the Ducks with six home runs on the year.
THE LONG BALL
After belting just 16 home runs last year, Oregon has improved that total 29 this season. The Ducks have hit a round-tripper in six of their eight Pac-10 series this season, and 10 different players have recorded at least one home run this year.
Senior Eddie Rodriguez leads UO with six homers, while sophomore KC Serna and freshman Jack Marder have hit four apiece. Junior Marcus Piazzisi and sophomores Danny Pulfer and Paul Eshleman have hit three each. Against USC on April 25, freshman J.J. Altobelli his first homer of the season - a grand slam that was the first for the Ducks since the reinstatement of the program.
WHAT A CHANGE
Last year Oregon finished its season with a 14-42 record and finished last in the Pac-10 with a record of 4-23. The Ducks were voted to finish 10th in the 2010 Pac-10 Preseason Poll, but are currently fifth in the conference standings with a record of 12-12.
Head coach George Horton has led his squad a No. 21 ranking in the Baseball America Top-25 poll with a record of 37-19 (.661). Horton, a two-time national coach of the year, has produced 35-win seasons in 12 of his 13 years at the Division l level. The Ducks currently rank 23 in the NCAA RPI.
Oregon’s offense has improved from batting .227 a year ago to .297 in 2010, as currently three everyday starters are hitting over .300, led by Eddie Rodriguez (.348).
TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Oregon has played 56 games this season, and out of those games, 13 have been decided by one run. The Ducks have won four of those contests. In games decided by two runs or less, UO is 4-12 (.250). The Ducks have also played in five extra-inning games this season, posting a 1-4 record in those contests.
Although not always notching the victory, Oregon has made some finishes very exciting this season. The Ducks have erased ninth-inning deficits in six games in 2010, beginning with a four-run ninth inning comeback that led the Ducks to their first conference win of the year, a 9-8 victory at Arizona on March 28.
In UO’s upset of No. 1 Arizona State on April 2, the Ducks trailed 5-4 heading to the bottom of the ninth. UO tied the game on Ryan Hambright’s RBI single, before eventually winning the game in the 12th on Marcus Piazzisi’s walk-off RBI.
The Ducks scored eight runs in the final two innings, including five in the top of the ninth, to win the series at then No. 22 Stanford on April 10 with a 9-6 victory.
Trailing East Tennessee State 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth on May 15, Paul Eshleman led things off with a single. Andrew Mendenhall came in to pinch run, and Steven Packard moved him over on a sacrifice. Shawn Peterson then came to the plate and tied the game, knocking Mendenhall home with a RBI single to right. Dylan Gavin was walked, and with Jett Hart sitting at second (pinch running for Peterson), Mitch Karraker drove a walk-off RBI single into left as the Ducks prevailed, 7-5.
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.
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.
“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 then 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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