Baseball Weekly Release: 2012 Season Wrap Up
Release Date: 06/29/2012
Kent State’s Jimmy Rider drove in the winning run with a shallow pop fly that landed just inside the left-field foul line in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Golden Flashes to a 3-2 win over Oregon on June 11, sending Kent State to the College World Series and ending the Ducks’ record-breaking season.
The University of Oregon made its fourth overall postseason appearance and its second since the program was reinstated (2009) when the Ducks claimed a No. 5 national seed for the 66th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship after finishing the regular season with a record of 42-17.
The Ducks’ No. 5 national seed was the club’s first in program history, and Oregon returned to the NCAA Tournament after appearing in the Norwich Regional in 2010.
For the first time in its short four-year history, PK Park hosted its first postseason events as Eugene was home to the Regional and Super Regionals.
The No.1 seed in the Eugene Regional bracket, Oregon needed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat No. 4 seed Austin Peay, 6-5, on June 1. UO then returned to the field on June 2, and edged 12th-ranked Cal State Fullerton, 7-5, for the right to play in the Regional championship. Oregon earned the right to host a Super Regional by defeating Austin Peay, 8-1, on June 3.
Entering the postseason, Oregon had posted a 16-5 record in one-run games, and the Ducks’ final three games against Kent State were each one-run finishes. The Golden Flashes were able to win two-of-three at PK Park as their 7-6 win in the opener on June 9 snapped UO’s 14-game winning streak at PK Park. On June 10, the Ducks evened the Super Regional and snapped Kent State’s 21-game win streak with a 3-2 victory at PK Park. The Golden Flashes were then victorious, 3-2, in the third and final game.
Oregon’s postseason run was not predicted as the Ducks were picked to finish seventh in the 2012 Pac-12 Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Oregon ended the year with a 46-19 record - the most wins in program history - and the Ducks ended the year third in the Pac-12 standings with a 19-11 league record.
Prior to 2012, Oregon baseball had last hosted a postseason event when the NCAA Western Regionals were played at Howe Field. The Ducks defeated Seattle, 9-4, and Fresno State, 9-5 and 1-0, for the right to move on to the 1954 College World Series.
After beginning the season unranked, the Ducks finished the year ranked in all five national polls, and rested at No. 11 in the Baseball America Top-25 poll. Oregon was ranked as high as No. 5 in 2012.
Oregon ended the year ranked sixth in the NCAA RPI ratings. In addition, Oregon’s 2012 schedule was ranked the fifth strongest in the country according boydsworld.com, while boydsworld.com rated Oregon’s RPI at seven.
During the 2012 season, George Horton led Oregon to its first Super Regional since the program was reinstated for the 2009 season.
In his 15th season as a head coach at the Division I level, Horton recorded his ninth 40-win season as Oregon finished the year 46-19 - the program’s most wins in history. UO’s .708 winning percentage was also the best for the program since Don Kirsch’s 1965 squad finished the season with a record of 27-8-1 (.764). The Ducks’ third-place finish in the Pac-12 was also the best for the program since Mel Krause’s 1978 team finished second in the Northern Division.
Horton also took Oregon to its first Super Regional since 1954, when the Ducks hosted the NCAA Western Regionals at Howe Field, defeating Seattle and Fresno State (twice) for the right to move on to the 1954 College World Series. Oregon’s Super Regional appearance was also the eighth in Horton’s head coaching career.
Now with a career record of 622-321-2, Horton earned his 600th career victory with a 5-0 shutout at Stanford on April 14.
With Horton overseeing the pitching for the first time during his tenure at Oregon, Alex Keudell and Jimmie Sherfy combined to win seven All-American accolades while Keudell was also voted the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year - a first for a Duck.
Since his first season as a Division I head coach at Cal State Fullerton in 1997, Horton has had 24 student-athletes receive All-American honors in addition to 103 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft picks.
Oregon finished the 2012 season ranked 29th in the country in attendance (third Pac-12) averaging 2,128 fans per game at PK Park. Of Oregon’s all-time top-10 attended games at PK Park, six took place this season.
Top 10 Attendance Marks at PK Park
Rk. Atten. Date Opponent Result
1. 4,825 6/11/12 Kent State L, 3-2
2. 4,177 6/9/12 Kent State L, 7-6
3. 3,892 4/28/12 California W, 3-2
4. 3,843 6/10/12 Kent State W, 3-2
5. 3,791 5/1/10 Washington St. W, 6-0
6. 3,771 6/1/12 Austin Peay W, 6-5
7. 3,629 5/28/11 Oregon State W, 4-1
8. 3,540 6/2/12 Cal St. Fullerton W, 7-5
9. 3,445 5/29/11 Oregon State W, 6-0
10. 3,268 5/29/10 California L, 13-3
• Oregon’s Super Regional appearance was its first in the modern era. The Ducks advanced to the College World Series in 1954 after winning and hosting the Western Regionals in Eugene.
• Oregon’s 46 wins in 2012 is a program best.
• Oregon’s 19 conference wins are the most in program history, and UO’s third-place Pac-12 finish is the best for the program since taking second place in the Northern Division in 1978.
• After finishing 2011 with a record of 5-12 in one-run games, the Ducks finished 2012 with a record of 18-7 in one-run games and 4-0 in games that are decided in extra innings.
• Oregon finished the year 14-7 against ranked opponents in 2012.
• Alex Keudell’s 11 wins in 2012 set a new UO single-season record, and he was the first Duck in program history to be named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year. Keudell’s 23 career wins are a new UO all-time record.
• Oregon’s 29 home runs surpass the club’s total of 19 from 2012.
• Jimmie Sherfy’s 19 saves set new Oregon single-season and all-time records. His 19 stops ranked second in the country behind Stefan Lopez (20) of Southeastern Louisiana.
• On June 11, Oregon baseball set a new PK Park attendance record with a crowd of 4,825 as UO lost to Kent State, 3-2, in the Super Regional title game.
• Oregon won a team-record 14 consecutive home games from April 27-June 3 at PK Park.
• On April 18 at Volcanoes Stadium (Keizer, Ore.), freshman Jordan Spencer threw the first no-hitter since the Oregon baseball program was reinstated (2009) in a 3-0 victory over Portland.
• Oregon’s 5-0 series-clinching win over Stanford on April 14 marked the 600th Division I career victory for head coach George Horton.
• With Oregon’s 8-3 win at UCLA (April 16), the Ducks won five consecutive conference games for the first time since May 4-9, 1976.
• In Oregon’s 3-1 victory over ASU on March 31, Kyle Garlick became the first UO player since reinstatement (2009) to hit two home runs in one game. Aaron Jones became the second player with two home runs at UCLA on April 5.
• On March 17, Oregon won its 100th game since the program was reinstated, defeating Washington, 3-2, in 13 innings at Husky Ballpark.
• Oregon’s 8-3 loss at Washington on March 16 snapped Oregon’s seven-game road winning streak - its longest since prior to 1963 (the first season game-by-game results are available).
• Oregon’s 10-game winning streak (Feb. 18-March 4) was its longest since 1969, and Oregon’s 10-1 start was the best for the program since 1965.
• From Feb. 19-23, UO recorded three consecutive wins with double-digit runs for the first time since April 22-24, 1974.
• Oregon trailed Long Beach State 5-0 on March 4, but the Ducks staged a comeback to win 8-7 on Aaron Jones’ walk-off in the bottom of the ninth. It was the Ducks’ first comeback from a five-run deficit since a 17-7 victory over East Tennessee State at PK Park on May 16, 2010.
• On March 10 in Oregon’s 12-0 win over West Virginia, Aaron Jones hit the first Oregon grand slam at PK Park since J.J. Altobelli vs. USC (April 25, 2010).
• Three Oregon pitchers tossed nine-inning complete-game shutouts in 2012: Brando Tessar’s four-hit, nine-inning complete-game shutout helped UO to a 4-0 win over Connecticut on March 11. Alex Keudell pitched a four-hit shutout as No. 23 Oregon upset No. 14 Arizona State 1-0 on March 31. Jordan Spencer pitched a no-hitter in Oregon’s 3-0 shutout win over Portland on April 18.
Alex Keudell: Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Pac-12 All-Conference, Louisville Slugger All-American Second Team, ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-American, Golden Spikes Semifinalist
Selected in the 27th round (No. 842 overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays (06/06)...was the first Oregon pitcher to be voted the conference pitcher of the year...finished the 2012 season with a record of 11-5 and led the starters with a 2.38 ERA (5th Pac-12)...tossed three complete games, including one shutout, and in 124 and 2/3 innings totaled 74 strikeouts while holding batters to a .230 clip...led the league picking off seven runners...against top-25 competition in 2012 finished 6-1 with an ERA of 2.36. Between March 23 and May 18, won nine consecutive starts. During that stretch posted a 9-0 record with a 1.14 ERA allowing just nine runs in 71 and 1/3 innings..eight win in Pac-12 play led the league.
Jake Reed: Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, Eugene All-Regional Team, Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention
Oregon’s Saturday starter as a true freshman, finished the season with a record of 8-4, 2.92 ERA and a staff leading 15 quality starts...in 17 starts, pitched a total of 114.0 innings, and held opposing batters to a .230 clip while totaling 67 strikeouts...during the postseason in two starts was an undefeated 2-0, allowing two earned runs in 13 and 2/3 innings while striking out 14 and holding batters to a .149 clip...in a must-win game against Kent State at the Eugene Super Regional, helped Oregon halt the Golden Flashes’ 21-game win streak by holding Kent State to two runs on five hits and two walks, while fanning six in six and 2/3 innings Vanderbilt, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford, California and USC.
Jimmie Sherfy: 2012 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist, ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-American, Baseball America Second Team All-American, Perfect Game Second Team All-American, NCBWA Second Team All-American, Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American, Pac-12 All-Conference Team
Nineteen saves set new Oregon single-season and all-time records and led the Pac-12 while ranking second in the country behind Stefan Lopez (20) of Southeastern Louisiana...ended the year with a 5-3 record and 2.20 ERA, making a staff-leading 36 appearances...held opposing batters to a .172 clip...led the Ducks with 93 strikeouts (5th Pac-12) in 61 and 1/3 innings pitched, an average of 13.6 strikeouts for every nine innings pitched.
Eugene All-Regional Team: Ryan Hambright (MVP, 3B) Brett Hambright C, Ryon Healy 1B, Aaron Jones OF, Brett Thomas OF, Jake Reed RHP
Pac-12 honorable mention: Ryon Healy 1B, Aaron Jones OF, Aaron Payne 2B, Jake Reed RHP
Pac-12 All-Academic: Joey Housey (First Team), Aaron Payne (Second Team), Ryon Healy (honorable mention), Kevin Shepherd (honorable mention).
2012 MLB DRAFT
Sophomore Aaron Jones, junior Joey Housey and senior Alex Keudell were each selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.
Jones was the first Duck chosen, selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 18th round as the No. 558 overall pick.
Housey was drafted in the 27th round (No. 832 overall) by the Cincinnati Reds. Keudell was also selected in the 27th round (No. 842 overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Oregon drove in 266 runs in 2012, and out of those 266 RBIs, 102 were produced in two-out situations. Sophomore Kyle Garlick led the Ducks with 18 two-out RBIs followed by Ryon Healy (15), Aaron Jones (14) and Aaron Payne (14).
IN THE NCAA
Oregon’s 2.99 ERA led the Pac-12 and finished the year ranked 12th in the country. The Duck pitching staff held opponents to a .225 clip to lead the Pac-12, while UO’s pitchers picked off 15 runners to lead the league.
Oregon’s staff allowed just 7.11 hits per nine innings to rank second in the country. The Ducks’ 439 strikeouts ranked second in the Pac-12 behind College World Series champion Arizona (443). In addition, Oregon’s 7.15 hits allowed per nine innings ranked second in the country.
UO’s .978 fielding percentage led the Pac-12 and ranked seventh in the country.
Oregon’s sophomore class dominated the Duck offense in 2012 as six sophomores regularly started in the field.
Pac-12 honorable mention second baseman Aaron Payne (.277) was the only UO player to start all 65 games and led the Ducks with 42 runs scored, 25 hit-by-pitches, 18 sacrifice bunts and 16 stolen bases.
Pac-12 honorable mention first baseman Ryon Healy led Oregon with 23 multiple-hit games and 79 hits, including 13 doubles, one triple and four home runs while driving in a team-leading 42 runs.
The pair of Aaron Jones and Kyle Garlick split time between designated hitter and right field. Jones, a Pac-12 honorable mention pick, finished the year batting .303 and totaled 39 RBIs and nine-multiple RBI games while driving in the game-winning run on 10 occasions.
Garlick, who finished the year hitting .287, produced 40 RBIs and 10 multiple-RBI games, while also delivering an astonishing 18 RBIs during two-out situations. The Chino Hills, Calif., native shared the team lead with Jones in home runs (6).
Left fielder Brett Thomas led the Ducks with a .313 average as well as 14 doubles and four triples. In center field, Connor Hofmann hit .239 with three home runs.
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