Ducks look to win season series with Oregon State: While Oregon’s chances of winning a Pac-12 championship took a hit while losing two of three to Oregon State over the weekend, the Ducks can still win the season series against the Beavers with a win on Tuesday. Oregon and Oregon State have split their four matchups this season with the Ducks winning the first two and the Beavers taking the final two. UO earned a dramatic 6-3 win over Oregon State in Corvallis on April 9 scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a 3-3 tie. The Ducks then claimed a 3-0 win last Friday behind a strong start from Tommy Thorpe who allowed just two infield hits in 8-plus innings against OSU. Jimmie Sherfy wrapped up the win with his nation-leading 20th save. Oregon State broke open a tight game late on Saturday picking up its first win of the season over the Ducks and then cruised to a win on Sunday to even the season series.
Ducks closing in on school record for wins: Oregon enters the final week of the season with a 43-13 record and a chance to set a new school record for wins before the regular season wraps up. The Ducks set the school record last season finishing with a 46-19 record, but four of those wins came in the postseason. Oregon, who finished the regular season in 2012 with a 42-17 record, has won more than 40 games in a season just three times with all three coming during the George Horton era. The Ducks finished the 2010 season with a 40-24 record to mark the first time in school history a team won 40 or more games. The record before Horton came to Oregon was 29 wins (29-9-1) under Don Kirsch in 1962.
Oregon’s weekend starters have consecutive quality start streak snapped at 14: The Ducks streak of 14 quality weekend starts was snapped on Sunday when Oregon State chased Jake Reed after 2.2 innings pitched. Tommy Thorpe, Cole Irvin and Reed had each put together quality starts in four consecutive series, before Thorpe and Irvin added quality starts against Oregon State last weekend to keep the run going. The Ducks’ weekend starters began the streak during the UCLA series and carried it through series against Stanford, Washington State and Ohio State. Overall, Thorpe has six straight quality starts heading to Utah. He began the run with a quality start in a win over California in his first Friday night start.
Rotation change has sparked Ducks weekend starter: Since Oregon changed its weekend rotation before the California series; the three starters-- Tommy Thorpe, Cole Irvin and Jake Reed-- have combined for a 1.84 ERA and the Ducks have gone 14-4 in those starts. All three have lowered their ERAs with Thorpe posting a 1.29 ERA after the change compared to a 3.35 before. Irvin has a 2.05 ERA in the six starts since the change was made opposed to a 3.11 before the move. Reed has a 2.23 after and a 3.75 before. Oregon was 16-8 in their starts when the rotation went Reed, Thorpe and Irvin.
Regional host sites and selection show: The 16 regional hosts and sites will be announced Sunday at www.ncaa.com/cws at approximately 6 p.m. The 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Selection Show will be broadcast on ESPNU next Monday at 9 a.m.
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 over 13 Ks per nine innings, while also ranking second on the active career saves list with 39. The right-hander enters this week as the national leader in saves with 20, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 1.67 ERA. The Golden Spikes Award is the third watch list Sherfy has been named to this spring. 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 100 in the nation in six separate categories – home runs, home runs per game, RBI, RBI per game, slugging percentage and total bases. Healy enters this week batting .327 with 10 home runs and 48 RBI. He leads the Ducks in home runs, RBI, doubles (17), total bases (114) and slugging percentage (.556). 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 April 29 after leading Oregon to a 4-0 record, 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.
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 two four RBI games so far this season. The junior also has 20 games with more than one hit, which ranks fifth all-time. He needs eight more to set a new school record.
Healy sets single season records for RBI and doubles at Oregon; closing in on a number of other single-season school records: Ryon Healy enters this week’s games vs. Oregon State and Utah as Oregon’s all-time single-season leader in both RBI and doubles. He broke both records against Oregon State last weekend. Healy has 48 RBI passing Dave Roberts (1972) as the all-time leader. Healy has 17 doubles passing 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 sixth in hits with 67 and needs 15 more to become the single-season leader. Healy cracked the top 10 in at bats vs. Oregon State on Sunday and is now 10th with 205. He needs 59 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 multi-RBI games this season. The Ducks’ first baseman has 110 career RBI, breaking the old record of 90 RBI. He has 40 doubles (three more than teammate J.J. Altobelli and six more than Brett Thomas), breaking the old record of 31. Healy’s 11 intentional walks are three 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 (185), fourth all-time in at bats (580) and games started (148), fifth in home runs (18) and eighth in walks (58).
Sherfy named semifinalist for Dick Howser Trophy, also on watch lists for Golden Spikes Award, Pitcher of the Year Award and NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award: Jimmie Sherfy is one of 40 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy which honors the top player in college baseball. The award is just the latest that Sherfy is in the running for after he 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 22 players to make the latest pitcher of the year list and one of 60 players on the Golden Spikes list.
The junior leads the nation in saves with 20, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 1.67 ERA. He also is second 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, second on active career saves list: Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy’s 13.01 strikeouts per nine innings during his career leads the country in the category. The Duck junior has fanned nearly half a hitter more per nine innings in his three-year career than his closest competitor, Stephen Richter of Delaware, who has 12.57 Ks per nine innings. Sherfy also ranks second on the active career saves list with 39. The junior passed Ole Miss’ Brett Huber and Texas’ Cory Knebel last week against Gonzaga, and trails only La Salle’s Pat Christensen (44 saves) on the active list. Sherfy, who is the career leader at Oregon, set the school’s single-season saves mark Friday against Oregon State with his 20th; breaking his own record of 19 he set in 2012.
Sherfy leads country in saves while other Ducks rank among national leaders; Oregon tops in nation in sacrifice bunts: Jimmie Sherfy picked up his 20th save of the season Friday against Oregon State and is now tied with Austin Peay’s Tyler Rogers for the national lead. Aaron Payne ranks in the top 10 in a pair of categories. The junior second baseman is third in sacrifice bunts with 20, while ranking sixth in sacrifice bunts per game (0.37). Freshman Cole Irvin is 11th in victories with 10, three off the national lead. Irvin, Tommy Thorpe and Jake Reed are tied for 14th in games started with 14. Ryon Healy ranks in the top 100 in six separate categories. He is 49th in home runs with 10, 60th in home runs per game with 0.19, 80th in RBI with 48, 79th in total bases with 114, 96th in RBI per game with 0.91, 100th in slugging percentage at .556. Connor Hofmann is 51st in sacrifices per game (0.24), while Garrett Cleavinger is 58th in wins (8).
As a team, Oregon leads the country in sacrifice bunts with 84, while ranking fifth in fielding percentage at .981. Overall the Ducks rank in the top 60 in seven categories. UO also ranks among the national leaders in win-loss percentage (11th; .768), ERA (13th; 2.72), hits allowed per nine innings (16th; 7.51), WHIP (18th; 1.19) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (54th; 2.26).
Sherfy breaks own single-season saves record, ties his record for most appearances: Jimmie Sherfy has proved he wasn’t a one-hit wonder. The Ducks’ closer broke one record he set last season and tied another over the weekend against Oregon State. The Ducks’ junior notched his 20th save on Friday night, breaking the record of 19 he set in 2012. On Sunday he tied his school record for appearances in a season with 36.
Sherfy continues to add to career saves record at Oregon; also cracks top 10 in career strikeouts: 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 39 career saves, 28 more than Drew Gagnier (2009-10), who set the old record with 11. Sherfy has also cracked the school’s all-time strikeouts top 10. He is ninth with 145 during his career and he needs six more to pass Arba Ager (1962-64) for eighth.
Altobelli on Brooks Wallace Award Watch List: J.J. Altobelli has been named to the latest watch list for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award. The Ducks’ senior is one of 14 players on the list. Altobelli has the highest fielding percentage (.981) on the list while batting .283 with 23 RBI. He has started 55 of Oregon’s 56 games this season. Altobelli has been remarkably steady during his career committing only 30 errors on 853 chances in 224 career games. The Newport Beach, Calif., native is Oregon’s all-time leader in four separate statistical categories, while ranking in the top 10 in eight others. He has more starts (221) than any Duck in history, while also holding school records for at bats (776), hits (205) and runs scored (119). He is second all-time in doubles with 38, just two behind teammate Ryon Healy, while also ranking among the school’s all-time leaders in RBI (3rd), hit by pitches (3rd), multiple-hit games (3rd), walks (4th), intentional walks (4th), multiple-RBI games (4th) and stolen bases (8th). The Brooks Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock, Texas.
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 Oregon for at bats (776), games started (221), runs (119) and hits (205). The Ducks’ shortstop also ranks among the school’s all-time greats in doubles (2nd; 37, two behind Ryon Healy), RBI (2nd; 90), hit by pitches (3rd; 19), multiple-hit games (3rd; 51); walks (4th; 70), multiple-RBI games (4th; 18), most intentional walks (4th; 3) 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; 136), multiple-hit games (5th; 45), at bats (5th; 505), hits (5th; 159), 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 (40) and is among the leaders in games started (6th; 120), triples (7th; 7) and walks (9th; 55). He is also approaching the all-time at bats leaders as well. Sophomore Scott Heineman is 10th all-time in multiple-RBI games.
On the mound, juniors Christian Jones and Jeff Gold and sophomores Jake Reed and Tommy Thorpe rank among the all-time leaders. Reed is ranked in four categories including pickoffs (3rd; 7), starts (3rd; 31), innings pitched (7th, 200.2) and wins (8th; 14). Thorpe is among the leaders in runners picked off (5th, 4), starts (6th, 15), appearances (7th; 49) and saves (9th, 1). Jones ranks among the leaders in appearances (6th; 55), starts (7th; 14) and saves (9th; 1), while Gold is in the top five in career starts (5th; 18). Freshman Cole Irvin is tied for eighth in starts with 14. Freshman Garrett Cleavinger (7th; 2), senior Darrell Hunter (9th; 1) and freshman Derek Smith (9th; 1) all rank in the career saves top 10.
Ducks schedule features a number of ranked teams: Oregon’s schedule has been one of the most challenging in the country. The Ducks have played 19 games against teams ranked in the Baseball America Top 25 season this year, compiling a 9-10 record in those games. Oregon will add one more to that list on Tuesday when the Ducks travel to nationally-ranked Oregon State. Of those 19 games already played against ranked teams, 13 have been against teams ranked in the top eight of this week’s poll. The Ducks played No. 1 Vanderbilt and No. 3 Cal State Fullerton three times each in a 10-day stretch in early March. Oregon beat No. 4 Oregon State in a mid-week game and the series opener last weekend and played No. 8 UCLA in a three-game series in mid-April.
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, 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 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.
Irvin named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week; also has earned two Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors: Freshman Cole Irvin was named the NCBWA National 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. Irvin claimed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week as well, his first of two conference honors. He also won the award after throwing a complete-game shutout at Ohio State on May 11.
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. The Ducks added a three-game conference sweep at Washington State in May.
Ducks play nine TV games, including Saturday and Sunday on Pac-12 Networks: Oregon will make nine 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. The Ducks were supposed to play one game on the Big Ten Network but that game was rained out at Ohio State. (See complete TV schedule on page 6)
Ducks 19-10 all-time against ranked teams at PK Park: Oregon is no stranger to hosting ranked teams at PK Park. During the program’s five seasons playing in the park, the Ducks have played 29 games against teams ranked in the Baseball America top 25 and compiled an impressive 19-10 record in those games. Oregon has hosted four ranked teams this season with the latest coming when the Ducks dropped two of three games to No. 6 Oregon State. Oregon also hosted No. 13 UCLA, who won two of three over the Ducks, and swept No. 21 Stanford in April. In March, Oregon hosted No. 2 Vanderbilt and won one of three against the Commodores.
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 8 of this release)
Ducks pitchers dominate at Ohio State: Oregon wrapped up an eight-game road trip with three wins at Ohio State behind dominant pitching. The Ducks’ staff combined to allow just one run in 30 innings in Columbus. Cole Irvin highlighted the weekend with a complete game shutout, but Jake Reed threw seven shutout innings, Tommy Thorpe allowed just one run in seven innings and Jimmie Sherfy (2 saves) and Garrett Cleavinger (win) led another strong effort by the bullpen which allowed no runs in 6.1 innings.
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.
The Scenario: Oregon heads into the final week of the season with a chance to set a new school record for most wins in a season for the second straight year. The Ducks are 43-13 with four regular-season games to play before starting NCAA regional play. Oregon set a school record last year winning 46 games, while finishing one win short of advancing to the College World Series. Oregon opens the final week at Oregon State on Tuesday. The Beavers hold a 15-8 series advantage over the Ducks since Oregon reinstated baseball for the 2009 season. Oregon and Oregon State have split the four games they have played this season with the Ducks winning the first two and the Beavers winning the last two.
Oregon’s pitching staff will look to continue to lead the Ducks. UO enters the week with a 2.72 ERA. Oregon’s three weekend starters have combined to post a 2.81 ERA with 29 quality starts, with Tommy Thorpe and Cole Irvin contributing 10 each and Jake Reed adding nine. The bullpen has combined for a 2.57 ERA with freshman Garrett Cleavinger leading the way with a 1.24 ERA and an 8-0 record, including a pair of wins against both Stanford and Washington State, to go with two saves. Jimmie Sherfy leads the nation with 20 saves, while boasting a 1.67 ERA and a 2-0 record. Darrell Hunter (2-0, 2.57 ERA, 1 save) and Christian Jones (1-1, 1 save, 2.86 ERA) give the Ducks four options to use late in games. Offensively, Ryon Healy leads UO in hits (67), doubles (17), home runs (10), RBI (48), total bases (114) and slugging percentage (.556). Oregon has seen its team batting average climb to .259 with four regulars hitting over .283. In addition to Healy who is hitting .327, freshman Mitchell Tolman is batting a team-best .341 with 31 RBI and a team-high .422 on-base percentage. Brett Thomas is hitting .328 with 15 doubles and 28 RBI and J.J. Altobelli is batting .283. Scott Heineman is second on the team in RBI (35) and third in doubles (13) while batting .271. Aaron Payne, who bats second, has a .375 on base percentage with team highs in walks (26), hit by pitches (14), sacrifice bunts (20) and sacrifice flies (4).
Healy’s consecutive start streak snapped at 127: Oregon first baseman Ryon Healy had his consecutive games started streak snapped at 127 at Ohio State on May 12, and he didn’t play in either of the Gonzaga games. The Duck junior began the 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 before the game at Ohio State was a 7-7 tie at Seattle on May 11, 2011.
Healy’s streak isn’t the only one to come to an end this year. 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 now has the longest streak on the team with 38 straight starts.
Name: 2013 Total
Mitchell Tolman 38 38
Scott Heineman 27 27
J.J. Altobelli 19 19
Aaron Payne 11 11
Ryan Hambright 10 10
Ryon Healy 3 3
Nick Catalano 1 1
Shaun Chase 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.