Ducks Battle Bruins This Weekend At PK Park
Release Date: 04/30/2009
Oregon returns to PK Park for three-game Pac-10 series with UCLA this weekend. The Bruins (20-11, 11-7) are playing Oregon for the first time since 1979 and making their first appearance in Eugene since 1969.
The Oregon Sports Network will broadcast the series finale of the UCLA series at 1p.m., Sunday on Comcast SportsNet Northwest (channel 37) and Fox KLSR (channel 5).
Due to Saturday’s spring football game, the Oregon baseball game has been moved up to an 11 a.m. start time, and will be heard on THE SCORE 95.3 FM in Eugene with Brian Prawitz and Jerry Allen making the call.
KUGN 590 in Eugene will broadcast the games on Friday and Sunday. All three broadcasts will be available online on the O-Zone at www.GoDucks. com.
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.
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.
While Oregon has dropped 14 of its last 15, UCLA comes into the series as winners of 10 of its last 14 games. The Bruins have won their last two Pac-10 series, sweeping Washington (4/17-19) and taking last weekend’s series from Oregon State, 2-1.
Oregon and UCLA are set to renew their all-time series for the first time since 1979. The Bruins have an 11-2 advantage, with UCLA sweeping the last meeting in a doubleheader (14-3; 5-4) played in Los Angeles on May 24, 1979. Oregon last defeated the Bruins with a 3-2 victory in SoCal on March 26, 1975. The last time the Bruins were in Eugene, UCLA got the best of Oregon sporting a 4-1 win on May 9, 1969.
Tickets are still available for Oregon’s two remaining home Pac-10 series with UCLA (May 1-3) and Arizona (May 22-24). Homeplate GA is located in the single bleacher behind homeplate for $15 each. Baseline GA seating is located in the first and third baseline bleachers and tickets are $12 each. To purchase visit www.GoDucks.com or CLICK HERE.
Tickets for Oregon home games can also be purchased at the Casanova Center, by calling 1-800-WEBFOOT or at the PK Park ticket office 90 minutes before game time.
Oregon will host an extravaganza of sports-related activities 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 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 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.
Oregon has lost 14 of its last 15 and is currently on a seven-game losing streak, tying the program’s longest of the year...the Ducks previously lost seven in row from April 4-17, before snapping that stretch with a 5-3 victory at California on April 18...Oregon has yet win a Pac-10 series this year falling to Oregon State (2-1), Stanford (2-1), USC (3-0), California (2-1) and Washington (3-0).
Oregon freshman Danny Pulfer and Curtis Raulinaitis are currently boasting hot bats for the Ducks. Pulfer is currently on a team-best five-game hitting streak, batting .411 (7-for-17) during that stretch with one run scored, one RBI and two walks. Raulinaitis has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 starts. The starting left fielder is batting .359 (23-for-64) during that stretch with eight runs scored, five doubles, one triple and three RBIs. In Oregon’s last nine games, Raulinaitis has had multiple hits on six occasions. The Sacramento, Calif., native currently leads the Ducks in batting (.306), slugging percentage (.381), on-base percentage (.369), hits (49), doubles (8) and total bases (61).
FRESHMAN MATCH UP
Saturday’s 11 a.m. first pitch will be a duel between a pair of freshmen; Oregon left-hander Tyler Anderson and UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer. Anderson (2-5) has made a Pac-10 leading 12 starts this season and currently sits with a 2-5 record and 5.11 ERA. The Las Vegas, Nev., native ranks second on the Oregon staff with 53 strikeouts, and on 19 occasions has caught an opponent looking at the third strike, ranking seventh in the Pac-10. Anderson’s signature appearances this season include earning the win in the Ducks’ season opening 5-3 victory at Saint Mary’s (Feb. 20)...tossing eight shutout innings in Oregon’s home opener against the defending College World Series champion Fresno State Bulldogs to set up the Ducks walk-off in the bottom of the ninth (Feb. 27)...throwing 7 and 2/3 innings of one-run baseball while striking out nine in the Ducks first Pac-10 victory at PK Park, a 2-1 win over Stanford (April 3)...and holding USC to two runs in seven innings of work on April 9, leaving the game with things tied at 2-2...striking out a career-high 12 vs. Portland on March 20.
Bauer leads UCLA with six wins, a 2.60 ERA and 69.1 innings pitched. Bauer moved from go-to relief pitcher to full-time starter midseason. As a starter, he is 4-0 (all against Pac-10 competition) with a 2.68 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 43 and 2/3 innings.
CIVIL WAR HEADS TO SALEM-KEIZER
The Oregon and Oregon State baseball programs have scheduled a sixth game this season, the Civil War I-5 Iris Festival Classic, set for 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 20 at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.
Tickets are currently on sale, and are available through the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes box office, online at www.volcanoestickets.com, or by calling 503-390-2225.
The game will mark the sixth and final matchup between the teams this season. Oregon State took 2-of-3 in a Pacific-10 Conference series in late March. The clubs drew nearly 30,000 over two games at PGE Park in Portland.
Volcanoes Stadium is home to the Single-A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The park seats 4,252 and was built in 1997.
OREGON STATE RECAP
John Wallace’s first home run of the season was good for four as the Oregon State starting center fielder crushed a grand slam and led No. 22 OSU to a 10-2 victory over Oregon...Wallace’s grand slam was part of a six-run inning for Oregon State (25-11), as the Beavers turned a 2-2 tie into a 8-2 advantage in the bottom of the fifth...Oregon State starter Sam Gaviglio improved to 6-1 on the season, pitching five innings and holding Oregon to two runs on three hits while striking out six... Oregon is now 1-3 against Oregon State this season...Oregon returned to Coleman Field (at Goss Stadium) for the first time since 1981.
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 stand, while the Ducks had five extra-base hits with three doubles and two triples.
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.
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 against the Huskies, the Ducks’ offense couldn’t assist Stavert as Oregon fell 2-0. On the year, Stavert leads the staff with a 2.63 ERA (7th Pac-10), 68.1 innings pitched (6th Pac-10), 60 strikeouts (8th Pac-10) and a .217 opponent batting average (10th Pac-10). In conference action, Stavert maintains a 2.06 ERA (3rd Pac-10) in five starts, striking out 32 (10th Pac-10) in 35 innings pitched, while holding opposing hitters to a .193 average (6th Pac-10). 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 leads the Ducks and ranks second in the Pac-10. The former defensive back turned outfielder is second for the Ducks in batting average (.283), while leading the team in runs scored (22), triples (3) and walks (14).
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. 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.
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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