Oregon enters the 2011 season with a No. 14 preseason ranking from Baseball America, and for the third consecutive season, the Ducks open the year on the road. This year, UO is set to travel to Honolulu for a four-game series with defending Western Athletic Conference Tournament champion and NCAA Regional participant Hawai’i. The first game of the series is scheduled for an 8:35 p.m. PT first pitch (6:35 p.m. HT), Friday from Les Murakami Stadium.
Over the radio airwaves, Jerry Allen will provide the play-by-play on KSCR 1320 AM in the Eugene/Springfield area for all four games this weekend. The broadcast will also be streamed online via the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com.
A video broadcast of all four games is also available for a fee at www.hawaiiathletics.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, mini-plans and single-game tickets for the 2011 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.
Friday, Feb. 25 vs. Saint Mary’s • 5 PM
The Ducks return to Eugene on Friday, Feb. 25 for their home opener, a three-game set with visiting Saint Mary’s.
With first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m., a DJ will be on hand, while fans will be able to get their hands on the 2011 Oregon baseball poster. Following the game, the start of the 2011 season will be celebrated with postgame fireworks.
Saturday Feb. 26 vs. Saint Mary’s • 12 PM
On Saturday, Feb. 26, it will be Family Day at PK Park as two adults and two children can gain admittance for $25, while the first set of UO baseball cards will be given out.
Sunday, Feb. 27 vs. Saint Mary’s • 1 PM
The series will close with Sunday Sundaes making its return as the first 200 fans through the gates will receive a free Umpqua pint of ice cream on Sunday, Feb. 27. Also senior citizens ages 65 and older can purchase two reserved tickets for the price of one.
The Ducks have an 18-14 record on opening day dating back to March 3, 1963. Since reinstating the program for the 2009 season after a 27-year layoff, the Ducks are 2-0 on the road in opening day action.
On Feb. 20, 2009, in UO’s first game since 1981, the Ducks defeated Saint Mary’s, 5-3, in Moraga. Last season, head coach George Horton returned to his alma mater and upset then fourth-ranked Cal State Fullertion, 7-3, on Feb. 19, 2010.
The Ducks have 60 games on the schedule, with 30 of those contests to be played at PK Park.
UO’s schedule is daunting with nine series against programs that advanced to the postseason in 2010, including three teams that claimed their respective conference titles.
Approaching the 2011 season, Oregon has now earned top-15 rankings from five collegiate baseball preseason polls; cracking the top-10 with a No. 9 ranking in the Collegiate Baseball Top-40 Preseason poll, checking in at No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Preseason Coaches’ poll, receiving No. 12 rankings from both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason poll and the Perfect Game USA Top-25 Preseason poll, as well as a No. 14 placement in the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 poll.
The Ducks were also voted to finish fourth in the Pac-10 Preseason Coaches’ poll.
In Oregon’s second year back from reinstatement led by head coach George Horton, the Ducks finished the 2010 season with a 40-24 record, tied for fifth in the Pac-10 standings, and ended the year ranked in four out of five national polls.
Oregon junior left-hander Tyler Anderson was named to Baseball America’s Preseason All-America third team on Feb. 4.
The southpaw has been named to four collegiate baseball publications’ preseason All-America teams heading into the 2011 season, including the 2011 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American team, the NCBWA Preseason All-America second team and the College Baseball Lineup Preseason All-American second team.
Anderson will return to the mound this spring after a very successful sophomore campaign in which he became the first Oregon player since 1971 to be named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team.
The native of Las Vegas finished the 2010 season with a 7-5 record on the mound and a staff-leading 2.98 ERA (5th Pac-10), while leading the Ducks with 102 and 2/3 innings on the mound. Anderson also recorded a staff-best and new Oregon single-season record 105 strikeouts (6th Pac-10).
Anderson held opposing batters to a .219 clip (6th Pac-10), and his 7.36 hits allowed per nine innings ranked 34th in the country.
Anderson’s triumphs on the mound also earned him a spot on the 2010 Collegiate National Team, which took home the silver medal at the FISU World Championships. The CNT finished its summer with a record of 16-3, while Anderson was 1-0 on the mound with a 0.00 ERA in three starts. He pitched in two combined shutouts, and in 16 total innings, allowing just six hits and three walks while striking out 14.
Anderson was also rated by Baseball America as the No. 8 prospect from the 2010 Collegiate National Team.
Oregon junior right-hander Scott McGough was named to the seventh-annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Watch List on Feb. 1.
McGough is one of 45 collegiate baseball players named to the initial watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award, given out to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., McGough emerged as a go-to reliever for Oregon out of the bullpen in both the set-up and closer roles in 2010. He was named Pac-10 honorable mention, and finished the season with a 2.45 ERA, 5-2 record and four saves in a staff-high 25 appearances, while totaling 58 and 2/3 innings on the mound and 56 strikeouts.
Following his breakout season with the Ducks, McGough was chosen to play for the 2010 Collegiate National Team. He was 1-1 on the mound with a 0.82 ERA in five relief appearances and a total of 11 innings of work. Following his summer with the national team, McGough was ranked No. 16 by Baseball America’s “Team USA Top 20 Prospects” list. More recently, he was rated the 47th 2011 College Prospect by Baseball America.
The 2010 Oregon recruiting class was ranked fifth in the nation by Baseball America’s annual evaluation of NCAA Division I classes, it was announced by the publication on Oct. 15.
The ranking marked the third consecutive season a UO baseball recruiting class has earned a top-25 ranking from Baseball America. In September, Oregon’s freshman class received a No. 3 ranking from Collegiate Baseball.
Junior pitchers Tyler Anderson and Scott McGough spent their summer playing for the Collegiate National Team, and Baseball America had both slingers ranked in its “Team USA Top 20 Prospects” evaluation.
The duo helped Team USA win the silver medal at the FISU World University Baseball Championships in Tokyo, Japan after traveling to Cary, N.C., Omaha, Neb., and Taipei, Taiwan.
Anderson, a Pac-10 First Team selection in 2010, was rated as the No. 8 prospect on the 2010 CNT by Baseball America after finishing his summer with a record of 1-0 on the mound and a 0.00 ERA in three starts. McGough, a right-hander and Pac-10 honorable mention selection in 2010, was rated by Baseball America at No. 16. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native was 1-1 on the mound with a 0.82 ERA in five relief appearances and a total of 11 innings of work.
• Oregon junior right-hander Madison Boer spent his second consecutive summer pitching for the La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League. The Ducks’ right-hander, who emerged as Oregon’s closer late last season, was rated as the No. 10 prospect in the league according to both Baseball America and Perfect Game Crosschecker.
• Oregon freshmen Stefan Sabol and Ryon Healy were named the top prospects in their respective summer collegiate leagues by Baseball America. Sabol spent his summer playing for the Cowlitz Black Bears of the West Coast League, and was also named the top prospect in the WCL by Perfect Game Crosschecker. Playing in a league filled with mostly college sophomores and juniors, Sabol hit .236 with 11 RBIs, 13 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple and one home run while drawing 20 walks. Sabol was drafted in the 17th round by Atlanta Braves in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Healy, a right-handed pitcher and infielder, played for the Conejo Oaks of California Collegiate League after graduating from Crespi Carmelite High School. The two-way player was named to the CCL All-Star Game, and led the league in doubles (17) and RBIs (38).
• Oregon freshman catcher Aaron Jones graduated from San Clemente High School, and spent his summer playing in the West Coast League for the Kelowna Falcons. He was picked by Perfect Game Crosschecker as the 11th-rated prospect in the nine-team WCL.
• Oregon freshman infielder Tyler Kuresa graduated from Oakmont High School and was then drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Kuresa spent his summer playing for the Oahu Padddlers of the Hawaii Collegiate League, and was voted as the league’s No. 3 prospect by Perfect Game Crosschecker.
SUMMING UP 2010
IN JUST A YEAR’S TIME
Oregon improved its record from 14-42 in 2009 to 40-24 in 2010. The 22-game improvement (difference in games won and difference in games lost divided by two) is the second-best recorded in the country since the NCAA began keeping the stat in 1998. The only team to better the mark was Florida Atlantic which improved from 29-30 in 1998, to 54-9 in 1999.
THE NUMBERS ARE IMPRESSIVE
The Ducks finished their season 9-6 against ranked opponents, and swept three non-conference weekend series. Oregon also finished 3-3 against No. 1 ranked teams, and won five Pac-10 series - including three (#22 Stanford, #1 UCLA and Washington) on the road - during the 2010 season.
Away from home against ranked opponents, UO accumulated a 7-4 mark.
Oregon’s pitching staff proved itself to be one of the best in the country during the 2010 season. The Ducks finished the season with 3.29 ERA, which ranked second in the Pac-10 and third in the country. Oregon’s 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings rated 30th in the nation, while the UO staff’s 8.76 hits allowed per nine innings ranked 14th in the country. Oregon also issued just 2.41 walks per nine innings, a number that ranked third in the nation.
The Ducks held opposing batters to a .258 average (3rd Pac-10), totaled 513 strikeouts (3rd Pac-10) and recorded 163 strikeouts looking (2nd Pac-10). The staff
was also aggressive with base runners, leading the league with 18 pickoffs.
After emerging as Oregon’s closer late in the season, sophomore Madison Boer was invited to the 2010 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Trials along with Anderson and McGough. A spot starter and middle reliever for most of the season, the Ducks tried Boer out at closer during the final weeks with fabulous results.
Boer led the staff with five saves, claiming saves in UO’s final five wins of the season. Boer finished his sophomore year with a 3-1 record and 2.44 ERA. In his final five appearances on the mound in save situations, Boer posted a 1.29 ERA in seven innings of work, while completing all five stops. He dealt six strikeouts and walked no one, while allowing just one earned run to cross the plate and leaving all five of his inherited runners stranded.
After batting just .227 in 2009, Oregon’s offense recovered for a respectable showing in 2010. The Ducks batted .292 (6th Pac-10) on the year, and totaled 624 hits (4th Pac-10). The Ducks finished third in the Pac-10 with 120 doubles, and were aggressive on the base paths stealing 73 bases (4th Pac-10).
• For the second straight year, Oregon opened the season with a win on the road, upsetting fourth-ranked Cal State Fullerton, 7-3, on Feb. 19.
• Oregon christened the second phase of PK Park, with a 6-2 win over Washington in the 2010 home opener on March 2.
• The Ducks swept their first series since reinstatement by taking four games on the road at Fresno State (March 5-7).
• Oregon left-hander Tyler Anderson threw the first complete game of his career, holding Arizona State to one run through nine innings in a 1-0 loss at PK Park (April 1).
• The Ducks ended ASU’s 24-game unbeaten streak with 6-5, 12-inning marathon victory over No. 1 Arizona State on April 2 at PK Park.
• Oregon won its first Pac-10 series by taking the first 2-of-3 games on the road at then No. 22 Stanford (April 9-10).
• The Ducks pulled off the upset, taking 2-of-3 games from then No. 1 ranked UCLA in Los Angeles (April 16-18).
• Oregon’s 25 hits tied the program record in Oregon’s 19-10 victory at Gonzaga on April 21. The Ducks’ 19 runs also tied for fourth in single-game history, and are the most the program has produced since reinstatement.
• Freshman third baseman J.J. Altobelli belted the first Oregon grand slam in the modern era, erasing a two-run lead, and guiding the Ducks to a 8-4 victory over USC on April 25.
• Senior right-hander Justin LaTempa pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout in a 6-0 victory over Washington State on May 1 at PK Park. It was the first complete-game shutout since reinstatement as a PK Park record 3,791 fans were in attendance.
• On May 16, senior catcher Eddie Rodriguez became the first Oregon player since reinstatement to hit for the cycle in the Ducks’ 17-7 victory over East Tennessee State.
• For the first time since 1964, Oregon advanced to the postseason with an at-large bid and a No. 3 seed at the Norwich Regional.