Ducks Head To Corvallis For Midweek Matchup
Release Date: 04/27/2009
Oregon has four games on the schedule this week. The Ducks will make the short trip to Corvallis on Tuesday for a 5 p.m., non-conference battle with in-state rival Oregon State. After the midweek game, Oregon will return to PK Park and Pac-10 action, hosting UCLA in a three-game series beginning at 3 p.m., Friday.
The Oregon Sports Network will broadcast the series finale of the UCLA series at 1 p.m., Sunday on Comcast SportsNet Northwest (channel 37) and Fox KLSR (channel 5).
All four games this week can be heard on KUGN 590 in Eugene as well as available online on the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com. The team of Jerry Allen and Brian Prawitz will be making the call.
The O-Zone will offer a live video and audio broadcast of all three home games this weekend against UCLA, available on www.GoDucks.com. Live stats will also be offered on www.GoDucks.com for all four upcoming games.
Oregon baseball fans can now watch all home games live on the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com. All home games will offer live video and audio. Live stats will also be available for all home games at www.GoDucks.com.
Oregon State enters Tuesday’s game after dropping a 2-1 series with UCLA in Los Angeles last weekend. In Monday’s most recent polls, Oregon State (24-11) dropped out of the Baseball America poll and was ranked 22nd by Collegiate Baseball.
OSU claimed the Pac-10 series with Oregon last month, 2-1. The Ducks hit just .169 against the OSU pitching staff, scoring five runs in the series. Senior leadoff hitter Caleb Tommasini batted .411 against the Beavers, and scored three of Oregon’s five runs.
Stefen Romero (.385) and John Wallace (.300) did the majority of the damage against Oregon’s pitching staff, coming up with four RBIs apiece.
UO AND OSU CONNECTIONS
Oregon senior left fielder Caleb Tommasini will be playing against younger brother, Oregon State sophomore John Tommasini...Oregon catcher Eddy Rodriguez is the cousin of OSU junior right-hander Jorge Reyes...Oregon assistant coach Andrew Checketts is an Oregon State graduate, having pitched for the program from 1996-98...his senior season he was named the Pac-10 North Player of the Year and received All-American honors...finished his career at OSU 24-7.
500 AND COUNTING
Oregon’s exhilarating 3-2 comeback victory in the 10th inning over Oregon State on March 28 at PGE Park not only served as the Ducks first Pac-10 victory in 28 years, but was also the 500th Division I victory for head coach George Horton.
SPRING FAN FESTIVAL
Oregon will host an extravaganza of sports-related activities to appeal to all appetites when it stages its Spring Fan Festival presented by Bi-Mart on Saturday. Included among the activities will be the hosting of the Ducks’ baseball game against UCLA (11 a.m.)the women’s soccer team’s Civil War exhibition contest vs. Oregon State, as well as the football team’s annual Spring Game. Parking for all events is a suggested donation of $2 per vehicle, with all proceeds directed towards the Todd Doxey Foundation. The Autzen Stadium parking lot will open at 9 a.m., with all vehicles directed to enter the lot via Entry 4 and 5 off of Leo Harris Parkway.
The Moshofsky Center and adjacent Mo Plaza will open at noon and will include live music, interactive games, demonstrations conducted by various Oregon teams and coaches, autograph sessions, as well as food and beverage courts.
The Oregon-UCLA baseball game will begin at 11 a.m. at PK Park, with tickets available by phone (346-4461 or 1-800-WEBFOOT) and on the athletics department’s official website, www.goducks.com, for $8. The women’s soccer game will start at 1 p.m. at Pape’ Field and is free of charge. The football scrimmage will follow at 2 p.m. in Autzen Stadium, with the suggested admission consisting of three non-perishable food items to be donated to Food for Lane County.
WASHINGTON SERIES RECAP
For just the second time this season and for the first time at PK Park, Oregon was swept in a weekend series by Pac-10 and Northwest rival Washington. The Ducks hit .227 against the Huskies and totaled five runs in the entire series, while the Huskies batted .260 and posted 19 runs against Oregon. The Oregon pitching staff surrendered six home runs during the three-game homestand, while the Ducks had five extra-base hits with three doubles and two triples.
Last week, Oregon was led at the plate by freshman Danny Pulfer. The Ducks’ starting third baseman hit .364 at the plate, followed by fellow freshman infielder KC Serna (.300). On the mound, Erik Stavert had his second straight remarkable outing for the Ducks. The junior right-hander tossed his first complete game of the season, pitching eight scoreless innings before surrendering two unearned runs in the top of the ninth in a 2-0 loss to the Huskies on Saturday. The Livermore, Calif., native also dealt a career-best tying 10 strikeouts.
Junior right-hander Erik Stavert (4-3) has tossed back-to-back gems for Oregon. At Cal on April 18, Stavert pitched eight shutout innings before giving up a two-run homer in the ninth during the Ducks 5-3 victory. Last Saturday against Washington, he pitched his first complete game of the season, tossing another eight shutout innings before surrendering two unearned runs in the top of the ninth. Despite matching his career high with 10 strikeouts, the Ducks’ offense couldn’t assist Stavert as Oregon fell 2-0. On the year, Stavert leads the staff with a 2.63 ERA, 68.1 innings pitched, 60 strikeouts and a .217 opponent batting average. In conference action, Stavert maintains a 2.06 ERA in five starts, striking out 32 in 35 innings pitched while holding opposing hitters to a .193 average. Last week, Real Baseball Intelligence, ranked Stavert as the 131st overall MLB Draft Prospect.
HOME RUN TALLY
Of the Ducks 16 home runs this year, 10 belong to freshmen; KC Serna (3), Paul Eshleman (2), Antony Kreitz (2), John Adamson (1), Darrell Hunter (1) and Colby Sokol (1). Senior Caleb Tommasini and junior Jett Hart have two apiece, while sophomore Mitch Karraker and junior Eddy Rodriguez have also hit home runs.
Oregon senior center fielder Caleb Tommasini moved from the gridiron to the baseball diamond in 2009, and the Tenmile, Ore., native hasn’t missed a step. His 15 stolen bases on the year tie for tops in the Pac-10. The former defensive back turned outfielder is second for the Ducks in batting average (.290), while leading the team in slugging percentage (.381), on-base percentage (.371), runs scored (22), total bases (59), triples (3) and walks (14).
IN THE CORNERS
While Tommasini patrols center field, Curtis Raulinaitis and Jett Hart spend their time patrolling the outfield corners. Batting .476 during the team’s five-game road trip to California, Raulinaitis now leads the team in batting average (.301), hits (47) and multiple-hit games (14). Over in right, Hart is batting .223, including improving that number to. 286 in the Ducks’ last 10 games. Hart has eight stolen bases on the year and hit his second triple of the season last week vs. Washington.
ON THE CORNERS
Oregon has used 32 different position lineups this season. Most of the changes have been made trying to find Oregon’s best four in the infield. The Ducks have used have used five different starters at first base with Andrew Schmidt (17), Eddy Rodriguez (12) and Darrell Hunter (8) getting most of the reps. Danny Pulfer started the first 14 games of the year at second base before making the move to third. On the year, Pulfer has started 19 games at second, 19 at third and three at shortstop. KC Serna started 28 out of 29 games at shortstop to start his collegiate career, before making a brief three-game stint at third base at Cal. He returned to shortstop for both games at UC Irvine. Third base seems to now be occupied full-time by Pulfer, who has started 19 games on the hot corner with Josh Hogan filling in at second base for 22 games.
John Adamson’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th during a 3-2 victory over Oregon State on March 28 was the third game to end in dramatic fashion this season. In addition to Adamson’s game-winner scoring Caleb Tommasini against OSU, senior Andrew Schmidt’s ninth-inning walk-off single gave the Ducks a historic 1-0 victory over the defending College World Series champion Fresno State Bulldogs on Feb. 27 - to christen PK Park. Freshman KC Serna has the honor of Oregon’s second game-winning hit, coming in the bottom of the 13th inning in a 3-2 victory over Santa Clara on March 8.
FIRST OF MANY
Oregon began its modern era on Friday, Feb. 20 at Saint Mary’s, and the 2009 Ducks began to log some firsts for the program in 28 years...freshman left-hander Tyler Anderson will go down in the record books with the first pitch, first strikeout and first win on the mound...Senior Caleb Tommasini led off the game with the first at-bat and hit of the season, as well as the first walk drawn and the first run scored...The first RBI and double of the new era belong to freshman shortstop KC Serna...The first defensive assist and putout belong to freshman Danny Pulfer and Mitch Karraker....Jett Hart’s two-run triple in the fifth was the first triple of the modern era on Feb. 20, and in the first game of the Feb. 21 doubleheader, Hart slugged a two-run homer to left field in the fourth to go down in the record books...With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh on Feb. 20, junior left-hander Ryan Fleckenstein, junior catcher Eddy Rodriguez and freshman first baseman Darrell Hunter turned the first double play, 1-2-3, of 2009.
Oregon played its first home baseball game in 28 years on Friday, Feb. 27, christening PK Park and a sold out crown of 2,777 with a dramatic 1-0 victory over the defending College World Series champion Fresno State Bulldogs. A pitching duel between Oregon freshman left-hander Tyler Anderson and Fresno State’s Holden Sprague left the game scoreless headed into the ninth. Oregon junior left-hander Ryan Fleckenstein retired the side in the ninth to set up the Ducks victory. Junior catcher Eddy Rodriguez started the rally in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out single, and junior Jett Hart continued with another single that advanced Rodriguez to third. Senior Andrew Schmidt, pinch-hitting, secured the victory with a walk-off single to score the game-winning run.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Trailing Fresno State by eight runs entering the ninth on March 1, redshirt freshman Antony Kreitz entered the game as a defensive replacement in right field. In the bottom of the inning, the Eugene native received his first at-bat of the season and promptly made history. Kreitz hit the first-ever Oregon home run out of PK Park over the left field wall.
The 2008-09 Oregon baseball recruiting class received two top-10 rankings during the fall. First, Collegiate Baseball’s annual evaluation ranked the Ducks’ recruiting class second in the nation, while Baseball America put Oregon’s class at No. 10.
The 2008-09 class includes nine players that were taken in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, but chose to instead attend the UO.
STANDING ROOM ONLY
Standing Room Only tickets for University of Oregon home baseball games are still available through the UO Athletic Ticket Office announced today.
Tickets can be purchased on www.GoDucks.com, via telephone (541-346-4461 or 1-800-WEBFOOT) and in person at the Casanova Center Ticket Building.
Standing Room Only tickets for all home contests will cost $8 each. Standing Room Only tickets for the matchups against Sacramento State and Portland will cost $6. There is a limit of four Standing Room Only tickets per customer per game.
For more information, please visit www.GoDucks.com or call 541-346-4461 or 1-800-WEBFOOT.
DUCKS ON CSNNW
The Oregon Sports Network announced that it will broadcast 13 games during the season.
“My staff, the student-athletes and the program are delighted about the news that OSN will be producing a 13-game schedule this season,” head coach George Horton said. “The University and the Athletics Department has made a great step to reach out to all of our fans.”
All 13 games broadcast during the year will be aired on Comcast SportsNet Northwest (37) as well as CSN’s new HD channel (737).
OSN will cover the entire season from March through May, broadcasting three non-conference games and 10 conference games, including the Civil War Series from PK Park and PGE Park.
Two Oregon opponents on the television schedule competed in the 2008 College World Series; Fresno State (March 1) and Stanford (April 4), with the Bulldogs winning the championship. The first broadcast of the season will be March 1, when Oregon hosts Fresno State, the defending CWS champions, at PK Park.
OSN will also broadcast three games against opponents that competed in last year’s Regionals and Super Regionals; UCLA (May 3) and Arizona (May 23-24).
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