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Ducks Return Home On Seven-Game Win Streak
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Release Date: 03/24/2011
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WICHITA STATE SERIES INFORMATION
Overall: First Meeting

GAMES 20-21 • Friday, March 25
PK Park
First Pitch: 3:00 p.m.
Oregon Starter #1: LHP Tyler Anderson (3-0, 0.96)
Wichita State Starter #1: RHP Tim Kelley (3-0, 0.84)
Oregon Starter #2: RHP Madison Boer (2-0, 1.19)
Wichita State Starter #2: LHP Josh Smith (3-1, 2.10)
Radio Eugene: KSCR 1320 AM (5 p.m.)
Radio Portland: KUIK 1360 AM
Internet Audio: O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Internet Video: O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Social Media: Twitter:@OregonBaseball
Live Stats: www.GoDucks.com

GAME 22 • Saturday, March 26
PK Park
First Pitch: 12:00 p.m.
Oregon Starter: LHP Christian Jones (2-1, 4.15)
Wichita State Starter: LHP Brian Flynn (2-0, 3.65)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Northwest
Radio Eugene: KSCR 1320 AM
Radio Portland: KUIK 1360 AM
Internet Audio: O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Internet Video:  O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Social Media: Twitter:@OregonBaseball
Live Stats:  www.GoDucks.com

GAME 23 • Sunday, March 27
PK Park
First Pitch: 1:00 p.m.
Oregon Starter: TBA
Wichita State Starter:  LHP Charlie Lowell (4-2, 2.84)
TV: None
Radio Eugene: KSCR 1320 AM
Radio Portland: Freedon 970 AM
Internet Audio: O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Internet Video:  O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com
Social Media:  Twitter:@OregonBaseball
Live Stats: www.GoDucks.com

THIS WEEK
    On a season-long seven-game winning streak, Oregon (12-7) returns to action this weekend hosting visiting Wichita State in a four-game set. The series is the finals non-conference warm-up for Oregon before Pac-10 play begins.
    The Shockers have made 27 NCAA appearances since 1980 and have advanced to the College World Series on seven occasions.

RADIO BROADCASTS/MEDIA
    Jerry Allen and Brian Prawitz will call all four games of the weekend series for the Oregon Sports Network.  In the Eugene/Springfield area, fans can listen to the games on KSCR 1320 AM. A live audio simulcast over the internet is also available via the O-Zone on www.GoDucks.com.

TELEVISION
    The Oregon Sports Network will televise its first Oregon baseball game of the season on Saturday, airing on Comcast SportsNet Northwest. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m., with Joe Giansante and Dwight Jaynes making the call.

ONLINE
    A live video stream of all four games against Wichita State at PK Park this weekend will be available on the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com .

SOCIAL MEDIA
    Oregon fans can follow live in-game updates on twitter @OregonBaseball .

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.

TICKETS
     A reminder that 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.

RETURN TO EUGENE VS. WICHITA STATE
Friday, March 25 • KidSports Night
    Children wearing their KidSports jersey to the game can purchase a reserved ticket for only $5. Also, the second round of 2011 Oregon baseball cards will be available.

Saturday, March 26 • Hat Day
    The first 100 fans through the gates will receive a free Oregon baseball cap courtesy of Nike. Saturday will also be BI-Mart 2-for-1 Day. Fans can use promo code “BM2for1” ONLINE to receive two reserved tickets for the price of one.

Sunday, March 27 • Youth Baseball Day
    Free admission to the game for all youth players ages 12 and under wearing their baseball uniform.

ABOUT WICHITA STATE

Friday-Sunday
    Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt proclaimed the Friday match-up of Oregon left-hander Tyler Anderson and Wichita State right-hander Tim Kelley the marquee showdown in the nation this weekend.
    Kelley posts a 3-0 record and 0.84 ERA, tossing 32 and 1/3 innings in six starts this season.
    Anderson (3-0, 0.96 ERA), a preseason All-American, has recorded three wins in his last three starts, and has also recorded double-digits strikeouts in four consecutive starts.
    The Shockers are on a two-game winning streak with wins over Air Force earlier this week. Wichita State has shut out opponents on six occasions this season as the pitching staff sports a 2.35 ERA.

SCHEDULE NOTES

    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.

SAN DIEGO SERIES RECAP
    For the first time since the program was reinstated, Oregon recorded back-to-back series sweeps taking three games from BYU (March 10-12) and last weekend at San Diego.
    Currently on a seven-game winning streak, the Ducks have hit .275 during that stretch, while the pitching staff has maintained a 2.53 ERA.
   
PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    Oregon freshman outfielder Aaron Jones was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for March 14-20, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
    Jones proved to be a tough out during the Ducks’ three-game sweep at the University of San Diego.
    The San Clemente, Calif., native hit .500 (5-for-10) against the Toreros with two RBIs and four runs scored despite being walked intentionally three times.
    In addition to leading Oregon in batting average (.329), Jones leads the club with 24 hits, 14 RBIs, two home runs and a .486 slugging percentage.
    Jones is also the first freshman to win the Pac-10 Player of the Week honor this season. This marks the first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Jones and Oregon’s third all-time Player of the Week selection.

THE STREAK
    Oregon has won seven consecutive games, including four away from home.  The streak matches the longest for UO since the program was reinstated since 2009.
    The Ducks are hitting .275 during their winning streak, led by Danny Pulfer’s .438 average. The starting second baseman has three extra-base hits and has scored four runs.
    Freshman outfielder Aaron Jones is batting .346 for the Ducks with eight RBIs and three stolen bases. Sophomore Jack Marder leads Oregon with nine RBIs over the last seven games with six runs scored, three doubles and one home run.
    On the mound, Oregon’s pitching staff has a 2.53 ERA over the last seven games, as the starting staff as allowed just seven earned runs to cross the plate in 50 innings on the mound.

HEALTH UPDATE
    Freshman Stefan Sabol suffered a broken left hand as is expected to be out 1-2 weeks. The freshman was batting .556 (5-for-9) with two runs scored, one double, and one triple while recording a .889 slugging percentage and .667 on-base percentage.
    Senior outfielder Marcus Piazzisi broke his right hand during the BYU series and is out 3-4 weeks.

NOTES ON PITCHERS
Tyler Anderson
    Pre-season All-American Tyler Anderson (3-0) produced his fifth quality start last Saturday, tossing eight shutout innings in a 6-3 victory at San Diego.
    With 11 strikeouts against the Toreros, Anderson (223) surpassed Jon Wheeler (222), to become the all-time strikeouts leader at the University of Oregon.
    On Saturday, Anderson delivered a nearly-untouchable performance and improved to 3-0 on the year. He allowed just two hits and one walk, while retiring 18 consecutive batters from the first through seventh innings.
    The preseason All-American has allowed just four earned runs in 37 and 1/3 innings on the mound, sporting a 0.96 ERA (3rd Pac-10). The Las Vegas native leads the UO staff with 52 strikeouts (T-2nd Pac-10), and is holding opposing batters to a .158 clip (5th Pac-10).

Madison Boer
    Junior Madison Boer (2-0) produced his fifth straight quality start last Sunday at San Diego, tossing 6 and 2/3 innings, and allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks.
    It was the first time in 2011 that Boer had allowed more than one earned run in a start. Despite leaving the game with a 4-3 lead, Boer was denied the win as the bullpen surrendered the game-tying run in the ninth before the Ducks prevailed 6-4 in 10 innings.
    Boer currently has a 1.19 ERA (6th Pac-10), and is holding opposing batters to a .177 average (6th Pac-10).

Porter Clayton
    At just 17-years-old, freshman Porter Clayton graduated from Bonneville High School in December, and joined the Ducks in time for the 2011 season. Oregon’s go-to lefty out of the bullpen, Clayton recorded his first save on March 11, UO’s 4-2 series-clinching victory over BYU as the Idaho Falls native recorded the game’s final out. Clayton has a 2.70 ERA in 10 appearances on the hill.

Joey Housey
    In the March 8, 4-1  loss at Oregon State, right-hander Joey Housey completely shut down the OSU bats over the final three and 2/3 innings, surrendering no hits or walks while striking out seven - including fanning six in a row.
    Housey (2-0) is now 2-0 on the year, earning both wins in relief appearances.

Christian Jones
    Christian Jones allowed two runs on six hits and three walks in his last start on Saturday at San Diego. He lasted just 4 and 2/3 innings on the mound.
    The Danville, calif., native sports a 4.15 ERA, and has struck out 40 in 30 and 1/3 innings of work.

Alex Keudell
    Junior right-hander Alex Keudell (2-2) went the distance tossing the second complete game of his career (first 9-inning) in the Ducks’ 6-1 victory over San Francisco on Wednesday.
    The Portland native, now 2-2 on the year with a 2.88 ERA, struck out a career high 11, and allowed just one unearned run on four hits, while not issuing a walk until the bottom of the ninth.

Scott McGough
    Scott McGough’s 52 career appearances have set a new Oregon all-time record. The Pittsburgh native earned his second save of the season, claiming the final out of the ninth last Saturday in UO’s series-opening 6-3 victory at San Diego.

Kellen Moen
    Senior right-hander Kellen Moen leads the bullpen with three saves in 2011.   
    Moen has a 1.59 ERA and 1-1 record, and in nine appearances has recorded 13 strikeouts while holding opposing batters to a .108 clip. The native of Juneau, Alaska has also pitched in two combined shutouts.
    Last week at San Diego, Moen recorded the final two outs of Saturday’s 10-7 victory to notch his third stop of the year. On Sunday, he prevented the game-winning run from scoring, and recorded the final out of the ninth before, holding San Diego at bay in the 10th as the Ducks swept the series with a 6-4, 10-inning victory.

THE STARTING STAFF
    Oregon’s four starters, Tyler Anderson, Madison Boer, Christian Jones and Alex Keudell have a combined ERA of 2.14 allowing 31 earned runs in 130 and 1/3 innings pitched.
    The quartet has recorded 146 strikeouts and has been a part of four combined shutouts. In UO’s last seven games, Oregon starters have recorded six quality starts.

THRILLERS

    In Oregon’s 15 games this season, six have been decided by one run. The Ducks hold a 2-4 record in those contests. Oregon is also 1-1 in extra-inning contests this season.

SHUTOUTS
    Of Oregon’s eight victories this season, the Ducks have recorded shutouts on four occasions. Oregon earned a shutout victory in its first four weekend series this year in games against Hawai’i, Saint Mary’s, Long Beach State and BYU.

NOTES ON POSITION PLAYERS
J.J. Altobelli
    Oregon starting third baseman J.J. Altobelli has hit .278 during Oregon’s seven-game winning streak.

Kyle Garlick
    Freshman outfielder Kyle Garlick was forced to miss the first 15 games of the season with a broken hand, but returned to the lineup last Saturday. In the second at-bat of his collegiate career, the Chino Hills, Calif., native drove a three-run homer over the left field wall, helping Oregon to a 6-3 victory. Garlick also added a sacrifice fly in the game.
    Garlick has started Oregon’s last four games, and is batting .267 at the plate with seven RBIs and two runs scored.

Brett Hambright
    Made the start behind the plate in the final two games of the BYU series.

Ryan Hambright
    Has made eight starts at designated hitter and is batting .220 on the season with four RBIs.

Ryon Healy
    Named the top prospect by Baseball America out of the California Collegiate League in the summer of 2010, Healy continues to bring offense to Oregon’s lineup.
    The West Hills, Calif., native is batting .296 on the season, and has made four starts during the Ducks’ seven-game winning streak. Healy is batting .400 during that stretch with four RBIs, six runs scored and three walks.

Connor Hofmann
    Arguably Oregon’s fastest player on the roster,  Hofmann is batting .219 during his freshman season and has stolen two bases.

Aaron Jones
    The rookie right fielder leads Oregon’s offense batting .324 on the year with a team-leading 14 RBIs. The San Clemente, Calif., native was the first freshman to garner Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2011, when he was announced as the recipient on Monday.
    Jones leads the Ducks with a .486 slugging percentage, 24 hits and seven extra-base hits. During Oregon’s seven-game winning streak, Jones is hitting .346 with a eight RBIs.

Tyler Kuresa
    Oregon’s starting first baseman in all but three games this season. Kuresa’s two-out, bases-clearing triple on Sunday helped the Ducks take a 4-0 lead in the fourth as Oregon swept the series with a 6-4, 10 inning victory at San Diego.

Jack Marder
    During Oregon’s seven-game winning streak, Jack Marder has batted .333 with a team-leading nine runs driven in, three doubles, six runs scored and two stolen bases. In Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over San Francisco, Marder’s two-run shot to left accounted for his first home run of the year.
    The sophomore converted to catcher this season, but has also made starts in the outfield.

Andrew Mendenhall
    Andrew Mendenhall started in center field for all three games of the BYU series and hit .167, but drew four walks.

Shawn Peterson
    Batting .292 on the season, during Oregon’s seven-game winning streak, Shawn Peterson batted .467 (7-for-15) from the plate. Peterson scored three runs and has recorded two doubles in UO’s last seven games.

Danny Pulfer
    Oregon’s starting  second baseman batted .625 in three games and two starts at San Diego last weekend. Pulfer recorded a triple and solo home run - which proved to be the game-winning run, in Oregon’s 10-7 victory on Saturday. During UO’s seven-game winning streak, Pulfer is batting .438.

KC Serna
    Junior shortstop KC Serna led Oregon batting .385 (5-for-13) in the leadoff spot during the BYU series. The Ventura, Calif., native is batting .174 on the season after missing the first seven games of the year due to a suspension for a violation of team rules.
    Over the last seven games, Serna - Oregon’s lead off hitter - has been walked a team-leading five times and has crossed the plate a team-leading 10 times.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
    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.

WATCH LIST
    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.

TOP-25 RECRUITING
    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.

TEAM USA
    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.

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