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Ducks Play Three-Game Series At Ohio State
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Release Date: 05/08/2013
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Ducks step out of Pac-12 play to visit Ohio State: Oregon, which holds a half-game lead in the Pac-12 standings over Oregon State with three weeks to play in the season, steps out of conference play this weekend to visit Ohio State. The three-game series in Columbus will be the first games ever played between Oregon and Ohio State.  The Buckeyes will return the trip next March for a series in Eugene.

Oregon State visits Stanford while Oregon plays at Ohio State: The Ducks are 19-5 in the Pac-12 and lead the Beavers who are 17-4 by a half game. While Oregon plays three non-league games, Oregon State will visit Stanford for a three-game series this weekend. The Ducks and Beavers will then meet in a crucial three-game showdown in Eugene next weekend. After facing Oregon State, the Ducks wrap up their conference season at Utah while the Beavers host Washington State.

Ducks 4-1 on current eight-game road trip: Oregon is in the midst of its second stretch with eight straight games away from PK Park. The Ducks played two games against Seattle University last Tuesday and Wednesday on the road before traveling to Pullman, Wash., for three games against Washington State last weekend. UO split with Seattle before winning all three at Washington State. The last time Oregon played eight straight games away from Eugene, the Ducks went 8-3, including a six-game winning streak to finish the journey. Oregon lost the first two games of a three-game series at Arizona State and then rallied with a win in the series finale, a win at Oregon State, three wins at California and a win at Portland.

Tolman named NCBWA National Hitter of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week: Freshman Mitchell Tolman was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Hitter of the Week and the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week for the week ending May 5.

Tolman batted .474 (9-for-19) with a double, three walks and 14 RBI as Oregon won four of five games on the road last week, including a sweep of Washington State in Pullman. The Lake Forest, Calif. native hit safely and notched an RBI in each of the Ducks’ five games last week and registered multiple hits in three contests. He went 3-for-4 (.750) and drove in seven runs in a 12-7 victory over Seattle on Tuesday-- his seven RBI were the most by a Duck since Jack Marder collected eight on March 9,  2010. He added a hit and a pair of RBI in a loss at Seattle on Wednesday. In a three-game series with Washington State over the weekend, Tolman went 5-for-12 (.417) with five RBI and three walks. He scored the winning run from first in Sunday’s 11-inning victory over the Cougars after starting the rally with a two-out hit.  Tolman, who entered the week with 12 RBI, is tied for third on the team with 26 RBI.

This is Tolman’s first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and Oregon’s 11th all-time selection. Oregon’s Ryon Healy earned the distinction last week after batting .400 (6-for-15) with a double, two home runs and seven RBI. 

Healy and Sherfy named to Golden Spikes Awards midseason watch list: Oregon first baseman Ryon Healy and closer Jimmie Sherfy have been named to the 60-man Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. Sherfy, a 2012 All-American and finalist for the Stopper of the Year Award, was also on the award’s preseason watch list. He is the active career leader in strikeouts per nine innings with nearly 13 Ks per nine innings, while also ranking fourth on the active career saves list with 35. The right-hander enters this week second in the country in saves during the 2013 season with 16, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 1.09 ERA. The Golden Spikes Award is the third watch list Sherfy has been named to in the last three weeks.  He is also on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year midseason watch list and the Pitcher of the Year watch list.

Healy, a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week this season, is a new addition to the award’s watch list. He ranks in the top 66 in the nation in six separate categories – home runs, home runs per game, RBI, RBI per game, slugging percentage and total bases. Healy enters the Ohio State series this weekend batting .342 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI. He leads the Ducks in home runs, RBI, doubles (15), total bases (109) and slugging percentage (.583). The 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award will be announced May 28 with the winner being named on Friday, July 19.

Healy named Pac-12 Player of the Week for second time this season: Ryon Healy was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after leading Oregon to a 4-0 record last week, including a series sweep of No. 21 Stanford. The honor is the second of the season for the Ducks’ first baseman. Healy batted .400 (6-for-15) for the week with two home runs, a double, seven RBI and three runs scored. He led Oregon with a .867 slugging percentage and had a .500 on base percentage. The junior was even better in the three games against Stanford hitting .455 (5-for-11) with two home runs, a double, seven RBI and two runs scored. His slugging percentage was 1.091 vs. the Cardinal and he had a .538 on base percentage.

Healy led Oregon to a 6-4 win in game two of the Stanford series hitting a pair of two-run homers, finishing the game 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. In Sunday’s series finale, he added two more RBI including one on a ninth-inning double that tied the score and set up Oregon’s winning squeeze bunt play. Healy had a hit in all four Ducks’ games during the week and picked up at least one RBI in all three Stanford games. Healy’s first conference player of the week came after he led the Ducks to a four-game sweep at Hawaii in February to open the season. His second award gives the Ducks four weekly awards this season. Scott Heineman was named the conference player of the week on April 15 and Cole Irvin claimed pitcher of the week honors on April 1.

Healy delivers first walk-off home run in modern history at Oregon: Since Oregon reinstated baseball before the 2009 season; no Oregon Duck had hit a walk-off home run until March 28. Ryon Healy became the first to do it when he lined a two-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the 10th inning to give UO a 5-3 win over the Washington Huskies. Healy’s blast came two innings after he singled in the tying run to eventually send the game into extra innings.

Healy’s 13 multi-RBI games in 2013 sets new school record; first baseman closing in on multi-hit games record as well: Ryon Healy has 13 games with multiple RBI this season breaking the old modern era record of 12 set my Marcus Piazzisi in 2010. Healy has seven two RBI games, four three RBI games and twwo four RBI games so far this season. The junior also has 20 games with more than one hit, which ranks fourth all-time. He needs eight more to set a new school record.

Healy needs two RBI and two doubles to set new single-season records at Oregon; closing in on a number of other single-season school records: Ryon Healy enters this weekend’s games at Ohio State needing just two RBI and two doubles to become the single season record holder in each category. Healy has 46 RBI and sits one behind record holder Dave Roberts (1972) who had 47. Healy (who is tied with teammate Brett Thomas) has 15 doubles and needs just two more to pass Danny Pulfer (2011) for the single-season record. The West Hills, Calif., native is also closing in on the single-season records in home runs, hits, and at bats. Healy currently ranks sixth in home runs with 10 and needs five more to set a new school record. He will tie Keith Lampard (1965) for fourth with his next round tripper. Healy is seventh in hits with 64 and needs 18 more to become the single-season leader. He can pass teammate Aaron Payne (2012) for sixth with two this weekend. Healy sits just outside the top 10 in at bats with 187 this season and will crack the top 10 with 16 more. He needs 67 more this year to break the record of 253 that he set last season for the Ducks.

Healy already career leader at Oregon in four categories, while ranking in top 10 in six other categories: Ryon Healy has set new school career records for RBI, doubles, intentional walks and mutli-RBI games this season. The Ducks’ first baseman has 108 career RBI, breaking the old record of 90 RBI. He has 38 doubles (one more than teammate J.J. Altobelli and four more than Brett Thomas), breaking the old record of 31. Healy’s 10 intentional walks are two more than the old record (kept since 2009), and his 28 games with more than one RBI is eight more than the record set by Aaron Jones (2011-12). Healy is also second in multi-hit games (56) and needs just three more to break the existing record of 58.  He is third in hits (118), fourth all-time in at bats (562) and games started (143), fifth in home runs (18) and eighth in walks (56).

Sherfy on watch lists for Golden Spikes Award, Pitcher of the Year Award and NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award: Jimmie Sherfy has added three watch lists to his list of accomplishments. The All-American right-hander earned a spot on the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List and the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List. Sherfy is one of 51 players on the stopper of the year list, one of 41 players to make the initial pitcher of the year list and one of 60 players on the Golden Spikes list.

The junior is second in the nation in saves with 16, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 1.09 ERA. He also ranks fourth in the country in active career saves. Sherfy earned multiple postseason All-America honors as a sophomore after finishing the season with 19 saves and a 2.20 ERA. The right-hander claimed first-team ABCA/Rawlings All-America recognition, while being named second-team All-America by the NCBWA, Baseball America, and Perfect Game, and third-team by Louisville Slugger. Sherfy was also a NCBWA Stopper of the Year finalist and claimed first-team All-Pac 12 accolades after leading the league in saves. Sherfy set an Oregon record with 19 saves last season while finishing with a 5-3 record in 36 appearances. He struck out 93 hitters in just 61.1 innings (an average of 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched) and held opponents to a .172 batting average.

2013 Sherfy Honors

Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List

Pitcher of the Year Watch List

2013 USA Baseball Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

NCBWA Preseason 1st-Team All-America

Louisville Slugger Preseason 1st-Team All-America

Perfect Game Preseason 2nd-Team All-America

Sherfy 2012 Postseason Honors

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist

ABCA/Rawlings 1st-Team All-America

Baseball America 2nd-Team All-America

Perfect Game 2nd-Team All-America

NCBWA 2nd-Team All-America

Louisville Slugger 3rd-Team All-America

Pac-12 1st-Team All-Conference

Sherfy is NCAA active leader in career strikeouts per nine innings, fourth on active career saves list: Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy’s 12.99 strikeouts per nine innings during his career leads the country in the category. The Duck junior has fanned more than a quarter of a hitter more per nine innings in his three-year career than his closest competitor, Stephen Richter of Delaware, who has 12.73 Ks per nine innings. Sherfy also ranks fourth among the active career save leaders with 35. The junior moved ahead of Louisiana Tech’s Caleb Dudley with a save at Oregon State on April 7, before running his total to 35 with two saves at Washington State last weekend. He trails only La Salle’s Pat Christensen (43 saves), Ole Miss’ Brett Huber (36 saves), and Texas’ Cory Knebel (36 saves). Sherfy is the career leader at Oregon and set the single-season Ducks’ record in 2012.

Sherfy second in country in saves while other Ducks rank among national leaders: Jimmie Sherfy picked up his 16th save of the season last Saturday at Washington State and is now second in the country in saves, trailing only Austin Peay’s Tyler Rogers who has 19. Aaron Payne ranks in the top 20 in a pair of categories. The junior second baseman is 11th in sacrifice bunts with 15, while ranking 15th in sacrifice bunts per game (0.33). Freshman Cole Irvin is ninth in victories with nine, three off the national lead. Irvin, Tommy Thorpe and Jake Reed are tied for 15th in games started with 12.  Ryon Healy ranks in the top 66 in six separate categories. He is 29th in home runs with 10, 35th in total bases with 109, 46th in home runs per game with 0.21, 48th in RBI with 46, 65th in RBI per game with 0.96 and 66th in slugging percentage at .583.

As a team, Oregon is second in the country in sacrifice bunts with 71, while ranking seventh in fielding percentage at .980. Overall the Ducks rank in the top 60 in eight categories. UO also ranks among the national leaders in win-loss percentage (12th; .771), ERA (19th; 2.78), hits allowed per nine innings (20th; 7.70), WHIP (22nd; 1.20), stolen bases (54th; 68) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (60th; 2.25).

Sherfy closing in on own school single-season records: Jimmie Sherfy has proved he wasn’t a one-hit wonder. The Ducks’ closer set two school records last season, and he is on pace to break both of them this year. Sherfy has 16 saves and needs just four more to break the school record of 19 he set as a sophomore. He has also finished 29 games this year and needs seven more to break the record of 35 he set last season.

Sherfy continues to add to career saves record at Oregon; will crack top 10 in career strikeouts with next whiff: Jimmie Sherfy continues to add to his career saves record at Oregon. The Ducks’ closer who set the record last season has built his total to 35 career saves, 24 more than Drew Gagnier (2009-10), who set the old record with 11. Sherfy will also crack the school’s all-time strikeouts top 10 with his next K. He has 138 during his career and will move into a tie for 10th with Greg Richards (1972-75) and Steve Greenough (1970-72) when he reaches 139.

 Altobelli is career leader in four statistical categories at Oregon; ranks in top 10 in another eight: Senior J.J. Altobelli holds the school record at Oegon for at bats (755), games started (213), runs (116) and hits (202). The Ducks’ shortstop also ranks among the school’s all-time greats in doubles (2nd; 37, one behind Ryon Healy), hit by pitches (3rd; 19), multiple-hit games (3rd; 51); RBI (4th; 87), walks (4th; 66), multiple-RBI games (4th; 17), most intentional walks (4th; 3), walks (4th; 66) and stolen bases (8th; 24).

Thomas, Payne and Heineman also among career leaders on offense; while Reed, Thorpe, Jones and Gold rank on career pitching lists: Juniors Brett Thomas and Aaron Payne join Ryon Healy and J.J. Altobelli among active players moving up the career lists at Oregon. Thomas ranks among the all-time leaders in doubles (3rd; 37), games started (5th; 130), multiple-hit games (5th; 42), hits (7th; 151), at bats (7th; 482) stolen bases (9th, 22) and multiple-RBI games (10th; 9). The Ducks left fielder also is closing in on the all-time leaders in walks. Payne is the school’s all-time leader in hit by pitches (39) and is among the leaders in games started (7th, 112) and triples (7th, 7). He is approaching both the all-time walks leaders and the all-time at bats leaders as well. Sophomore Scott Heineman is 10th all-time in multiple-RBI games.

On the mound, junior Christian Jones and sophomores Jake Reed, Tommy Thorpe and Jeff Gold rank among the all-time leaders. Reed is ranked in three categories and approaching the top 10 in one more. He is among the leaders in pickoffs (3rd; 6), starts (3rd; 29) and innings pitched (8th, 191.0).  Reed needs one more win to move into a tie for 10th. Thorpe is among the leaders in runners picked off (5th, 4), appearances (7th; 47), starts (9th, 13) and saves (9th, 1). Jones ranks among the leaders in appearances (6th; 62), starts (7th; 14) and saves (9th; 1), while Gold is in the top five in career starts (5th; 18). Freshman Cole Irvin just cracked the top 10 in starts withi 12 and is tied with teammate Brando Tessar. Freshman Garrett Cleavinger (7th; 2), junior Darrell Hunter (9th; 1) and freshman Derek Smith (9th; 1) all rank in the career saves top 10.

UO in the polls: Oregon remained highly ranked in each of the national polls released Monday after going 4-1 last week. The Ducks climbed one spot in the Baseball America poll to 10th, while staying at No. 6 in the Collegiate Baseball, the USA Today Coaches Poll and the NCBWA poll. UO climbed one spot to 12th in the Perfect Game Poll.

Ducks schedule features a number of ranked teams: Oregon has played six ranked teams this season including a sweep of then-No. 21 (now No. 25) Stanford two weeks ago. The Ducks have already played 16 games against ranked teams, including six games in a 10-day stretch starting March 1 when the Ducks visited No. 4 (this week’s Baseball America ranking) Cal State Fullerton. The Ducks returned home for a two-game series against Cal State Northridge and then played three games against No. 2 Vanderbilt. Oregon wrapped up a three-game series at No. 13 Arizona State last month and then faced No. 6 Oregon State on April 9. The Ducks finished a three-game series against No. 8 UCLA three weeks ago. Oregon’s schedule doesn’t figure to get any easier with the Ducks facing another Pac-12 team currently ranked in the Baseball America poll this season with Oregon playing sixth-ranked Oregon State four more times (May 17-19 at PK Park, May 21 at OSU). Arizona, who dropped out of the BA poll in the last month, is ranked in at least one of the other polls. The Wildcats, who the Ducks swept in March, are 27th in the NCBWA poll.

Irvin named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week: Freshman Cole Irvin was named the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and the Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week after throwing a shutout against Washington. Irvin pitched Oregon’s first complete-game shutout of the season and only allowed two runners to advance past first base in the Ducks’ 6-0 victory over Washington on March 30. He allowed just four hits, while striking out a season-high 11 batters and registering one walk. The Yorba Linda, Calif. product found his rhythm early, fanning seven batters through the first four innings, and never let up. He struck out one in the sixth, another in the seventh, and notched a pair of punch outs in the ninth.

Heineman named Pac-12 Player of the Week: Scott Heineman has been named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week after leading Oregon to a 4-0 record from April 9 to April 14. Heineman batted .438 (7-for-16) with three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and five runs scored as the Ducks went 4-0 on the road and earned their first Conference road sweep since the program was reinstated in 2009. The Pacific Palisades, Calif. native, who finished the week with a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.188 slugging percentage, hit safely in all four outings and logged a pair of multiple-hit games against California over the weekend. Heineman, who entered the weekend with one career home run, went yard twice in Saturday’s 10-4 victory over the Bears and added a homer in Sunday’s 5-4 win in Berkeley. All three of his doubles and six of his seven hits came in the weekend set.

Ducks pick up first Pac-12 road sweep since 1976: Oregon swept California in a three-game Pac-12 series earlier this year marking the first time since the Ducks reinstated baseball for the 2009 season that Oregon has won all three games of a Pac-12 series away from PK Park. Oregon’s last sweep of a three-game series in conference play came in May 1976 when UO took three at Washington.

Ducks 18-8 all-time against ranked teams at PK Park: Oregon is no stranger to hosting ranked teams at PK Park. During the program’s four-plus seasons playing in the park, the Ducks have played 26 games against teams ranked in the Baseball America top 25 and compiled an impressive 18-8 record in those games -- a .692 winning percentage. Oregon has hosted three ranked teams this season with the latest coming last week when the Ducks swept No. 21 Stanford in a three-game series. Oregon also hosted No. 13 UCLA who won two of three over the Ducks. In March, Oregon hosted No. 2 Vanderbilt and won one of three against the Commodores. The Ducks won the series finale in both of those series.

Until this season, the Ducks had won all but one series against ranked teams they had played in PK Park. Oregon beat defending National Champion and 15th-ranked Fresno State two out of three in 2009 in the first series in ballpark history against a ranked team. The Ducks won the first two, 1-0 and 7-1, before losing game three 10-3. In 2010, Oregon dropped two of three to No. 2 Arizona State winning game two 6-5 in 12 innings, while beating No. 19 San Diego 13-4. In 2011, UO beat No. 23 Arizona two out of three and swept No. 6 Oregon State at PK Park. Last season, the Ducks swept No. 14 Arizona State in a three-game series, while beating No. 23 Oregon State in a single Tuesday game. Since baseball was reinstated at Oregon, the Ducks have played the No. 1 team in the country in two separate series on the road. In 2009, UO lost two games at UC Irvine (9-6, 7-4) before taking two of three games (5-4, 8-4, 1-5) at UCLA in 2010. (See a complete list of games Oregon has played vs. ranked opponents on page 7 of this release)

Ducks play 10 TV games, including Friday’s Ohio State game on Big Ten Network: Oregon will make 10 regular season appearances on national television during the 2013 season. Oregon plays a total of eight games on the Pac-12 Networks during the season, while also playing one game on ESPNU and one game on the Big 12 Network. (See complete TV schedule on page 6)

Four Duck pitchers combine for 15 strikeouts in 3-1 win over Portland: Christian Jones, Jeff Gold, Garrett Cleavinger and Jimmie Sherfy combined to strike out 15 Portland batters in a 3-1 win on Feb. 26, while not allowing a walk during the game. Jones started the game and struck out five in three innings before giving way to Gold who fanned a career-high seven Pilots in four innings. Cleavinger struck out two in the eighth inning, and Sherfy added one punch out in the ninth to give the Ducks their most strikeouts since Feb. 18, 2012 when Oregon pitchers struck out 17 Hawaii batters in a 12-inning win.

Horton named 2012 Division I Coach of the Year by FieldTurf: University of Oregon head baseball coach George Horton won the 7th annual FieldTurf Baseball Award as the 2012 NCAA Division I Coach of the Year Field Turf announced in January. Horton led the Ducks to within one win of the College World Series in just the program’s fourth season after it was reinstated for the 2009 season.  Under Horton’s tutelage, Oregon finished the 2012 season with a 46-19 record and a No. 11 ranking in the final Baseball America Top-25 poll. The Super Regional appearance was the eighth by a Horton coached team, and the first for Oregon since 1954. The 40-win season was the ninth in Horton’s 15 years as a head coach at the Division I level and the team’s .708 winning percentage was the best by a Ducks team since 1978.

Ducks 2013 recruiting class ranked No. 6 by Perfect game: The Oregon Ducks 2013 baseball recruiting class is ranked sixth in the nation by Perfect Game. The Ducks signed the nationally-ranked class after advancing to within one game of the College World Series last season.  Oregon won a school-record 46 games in 2012 before ending its season in the Super Regional in Eugene.

Healy pushes consecutive start streak to 122:  Oregon first baseman Ryon Healy has run his consecutive start streak over the century mark. Healy started his 100th straight game in a March 23 win over Arizona before making it 125 straight starts on Sunday. The junior has started all 48 games this season after starting all 65 of the team’s games last year. The Duck junior began his streak on May 13, 2011 when he started at first base in the series opener against Stanford during his freshman season. He finished that year starting the final 12 games of the year. The last game Healy didn’t start was a 7-7 tie at Seattle on May, 11, 2011.

Healy’s streak is 95 games longer than anyone else on the Ducks’ team.  Second baseman Aaron Payne had his 76-game streak snapped March 4 when he didn’t play against Cal State Northridge in the first game of the two-game series with the Matadors. Payne had started the first 11 games this season and all 65 games in 2012. Shortstop J.J. Altobelli had his 51-game streak snapped when he didn’t start at Portland on April 16. Freshman Mitchell Tolman is now second on the team with 30 straight starts.

Consecutive Starts:

Name:                                               2013                             Total                                   

Ryon Healy                                         48                                 125

Mitchell Tolman                                30                                  30

Brett Thomas                                     21                                  21

Scott Heineman                                19                                  19

J.J. Altobelli                                        12                                  12

Josh Graham                                       6                                     6

Aaron Payne                                        3                                     3

Ryan Hambright                                 2                                     2

Nick Catalano                                       1                                     1

Oregon picked fourth in preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll: The Oregon Ducks were picked to finish fourth in the 2013 Pac-12 Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll. UO received 73 points behind only preseason favorite Stanford, UCLA and Oregon State. The Ducks won a school-record 46 games in 2012 before ending their season in the Super Regional in Eugene. UO returns seven position player starters this season behind a pitching staff that features four returning starters and an All-American reliever.

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