No. 17 Oregon Begins Week With Civil War Tonight
Release Date: 04/27/2010
Oregon (27-13, 8-7) moved up one spot in the Baseball America Top-25 Poll after finishing 4-1 last week with two wins on the road at Gonzaga, as well as winning its third consecutive Pac-10 series after taking two-of-three at home from USC.
The Ducks have now won six weekend series in 2010, including their last three in Pac-10 action at Stanford, at UCLA and last weekend at home vs. USC.
Oregon is currently ranked in all five collegiate polls, receiving a No. 17 ranking from Baseball America, and a No. 18 ranking from Rivals.com.
On the schedule first for UO this week is a single game with in-state rival Oregon State at PK Park on Tuesday. First pitch against the Beavers is set for 6 p.m. The Ducks then will return to PK Park for a three-game series against Washington State; Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
The Oregon Sports Network has three broadcasts scheduled for this week to be aired on Comcast SportsNet Northwest.
Tuesday’s Civil War contest with the Beavers will air at 6 p.m. on CSN, while Friday’s (7 p.m.) and Sunday’s (1 p.m.) games against Washington State will also be broadcast by OSN on CSNNW.
Joe Giansante and Dwight Jaynes will make up the broadcast team.
Over the radio airwaves, Jerry Allen and Brian Prawitz will provide the play-by-play on THE SCORE 95.3 FM in the Eugene/Springfield area for all four home games this week. Video broadcasts of all four home games this will also be available through the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com.
Live stats will also be made available at www.GoDucks.com.
O-ZONE: ONLINE VIDEO & AUDIO
Baseball fans can now watch Oregon baseball home games live on the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com. All home games will offer live video and audio.
A reminder that single-game tickets for the 2010 season remain on sale. Duck fans can purchase tickets online by clicking HERE, over the phone by calling 1-800-WEB-FOOT, or in person at the Casanova Center Ticket Office.
• Oregon welcomes back five position starters from the 2009 squad; Curtis Raulinaitis, Danny Pulfer, KC Serna, Mitch Karraker and Jett Hart.
• The Ducks pitching staff has 11 returners, including sophomore left-hander Tyler Anderson, who is expected to start the series opener on Friday night vs. Washington State.
• Oregon also welcomes 11 newcomers to the roster; eight freshmen and three juniors.
• Oregon opened 2010 on an eight-game road trip to southern California and Hawaii, and came back to Eugene with a 4-4 record.
• The Ducks played 12 of their first 14 games on the road, but returned to play nine consecutive home games before opening up Pac-10 play. The Ducks were 9-5 in their first 14 games, and 8-1 during a nine-game homestand.
• Eight opponents (ARIZ, ASU, CAL, CSF, OSU, POR, STAN, UCLA) on Oregon’s 2010 schedule are currently ranked in at least one national poll.
• Oregon’s longest home stretch of the season was nine games from Friday, March 12-Tuesday, March 23 as Seattle, Nevada and Southern Utah traveled to Eugene. The Ducks finished that stretch 8-1.
• Believe it or not, UO’s eight-game road trip to start the season is one of two on the year. Oregon also played eight straight games on the road at then No. 22 Stanford (April 9-10), at then No. 1 UCLA (April 16-18) and at Gonzaga (April 20-21). The Ducks finished that stretch of games 6-2.
• Oregon will now play in the Northwest the remainder of the season playing 15 contests at PK Park while traveling to Oregon State, Portland and Washington.
After finishing an eight-game road trip with a record of 6-2, which included series win at No. 22 Stanford (April 9-10) and No. 1 UCLA (April 16-18), the Ducks returned to PK Park to host USC. UO took 2-of-3 from the Trojans last week, and posted a record of 7-3 over the last 10 games. The Ducks have won their last three Pac-10 series, and have won six weekend series this season.
The Ducks have a healthy 6-4 record against ranked teams on the year.
7 p.m., Friday vs. Washington St. at PK Park
Friday will be 80s night at PK Park, and the first set of three Oregon baseball trading cards will be given away to the first 750 fans through the gates.
Fans can get $5 off a reserved ticket online by using the code “EIGHTIES”.
5 p.m., Saturday vs. Washington St. at PK Park
Saturday will be mustache night at PK Park. Also, military can receive a $5 reserved ticket with their ID. In addition, standing room tickets will be on sale for $5 for fans who want to attend the game following Saturday’s spring football game.
1 p.m., Sunday vs. Washington St. at PK Park
Sunday, the first 500 fans through the gates will receive a free hat courtesy of Nike. As always, the first 96 fans through the gates will receive a free pint of Umpqua ice cream. It will also be a BI-Mart Family Day with two adults and two children receiving admission for $25. The ticket offer is available online and can be obtained by entering the code “BIMART”.
STRIKEOUT WITH PIZZA HUT
If the Oregon pitching staff accumulates 10 strikeouts in one game, fans will leave PK Park with a coupon for a free personal pan pizza courtesy of Pizza Hut.
OREGON STATE PREVIEW
In six meetings between Oregon State and Oregon last year, the Beavers won five. Oregon’s solo victory was a dramatic 3-2, 10-inning win at PGE Park in Portland, Ore., in front of a Pac-10 record crowd.
This season, OSU has dropped out of all but one national poll, losing three consecutive Pac-10 series to UCLA, Stanford and Washington State.
Oregon State is led at the plate by Danny Hayes (.339), while Stefen Romero has 31 RBIs.
On the mound, the staff has a 3.71 ERA led by Greg Peavey (2.54, 3-1).
Oregon won its third consecutive Pac-10 series, taking two-of-three from USC last week.
On Friday, Oregon’s offense scored five runs in the seventh and eighth innings, led by KC Serna’s four-RBI performance as the Ducks delivered as 12-2 blow to the Trojans. Tyler Anderson improved to 6-3, allowing two runs and striking out 10 in 6 and 2/3 innings on the mound.
On Saturday, UO let an early lead slip away as USC held on for a 5-4, 10th-inning victory. The Ducks usually reliable relief staff allowed four runs in the final four innings while the offense managed just five hits and left nine stranded.
Backed by J.J. Altobelli’s grand slam and Zack Thornton’s seven-inning scoreless relief effort, the Ducks took game three and the series with an 8-4 victory on Sunday.
Last week, Oregon finished 4-1, as the Ducks batted .364 as a team and outscored their opponents 50-23. Four Oregon starters hit .400 or better led by freshman Steven Packard. The San Marcos, Calif., native hit .563 (9-for-16) last week with five runs scored, five RBIs, one double and one run scored.
Senior Eddie Rodriguez batted .421 with two extra-base hits (1 HR, 1 2B) and four RBIs, while J.J. Altobelli hit .412 with his first home run of the season - a grand slam which was the first of the modern era for UO.
But it was sophomore KC Serna who was largely responsible for Oregon’s run production. Despite being the leadoff hitter for the Ducks, Serna totaled 12 RBIs last week with two home runs and three doubles while hitting .400.
The Ducks had 21 extra-base hits last week with seven home runs and 14 doubles.
A TRIO OF THREE - THE STARTERS
Oregon will go with a new starting rotation this week as senior Zack Thornton is expected to make the start against Washington State on Sunday.
Thornton is 6-0 on the season with three victories coming in starts, and the other three in successful relief efforts. The Oak Park, Calif., native manages a 3.02 ERA and in 11 appearances has tossed 56 and 2/3 innings, striking out 49 while walking just 11.
Friday starter and left-hander Tyler Anderson improved to 6-3 last week after striking out 10 in 6 and 2/3 innings of work during a 12-2 victory over USC. The Las Vegas native has a staff-leading 2.64 ERA and has struck out 65 in 61 and 1/3 innings on the mound.
Senior Justin LaTempa will make the start on Saturday. In his last two outings, LaTempa has tossed 12 and 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits while fanning nine. He is 3-2 on the season with a 3.12 ERA in 49 innings on the mound.
Freshman outfielder Steven Packard has been hitting in the fifth spot of Oregon’s lineup, and has also been manning right field for the Ducks. The true freshman is batting .346 on the season with two home runs, five doubles, 13 RBIs, 14 runs scored and 12 walks. Defensively he has been perfect in the outfield and has a outfield-best five assists.
In Pac-10 games his numbers flourish as well, as the left-handed hitter leads the Ducks batting .447 - a number that ranks second in the Pac-10 - trailing only Jonathan Kaskow of Stanford (.500). In a three-game series vs. USC last weekend, Packard hit .667 (8-for-12) with three runs scored and two RBIs.
The first home run of J.J. Altobelli’s career spurred Oregon to an 8-4 victory over USC on Sunday that also clinched the series victory over USC for the Ducks. In the bottom of the third with the Ducks trailing 4-2 on Sunday, Altobelli came to the plate with the bases loaded and lifted a first-pitch, one-out grand slam over the right field wall to give the Ducks a 6-4 lead.
Altobelli has been a consistent true freshman in UO’s lineup this season, taking the starting job at third base. He is hitting .309 on the season, and has improved that clip to .333 in Pac-10 games. On the year, Altobelli has 27 RBIs, seven doubles, one triple and one home run.
KUDOS FOR KC
Oregon sophomore shortstop KC Serna helped Oregon to a 4-1 record last week. Serna hit .400 (8-for-20) for the week with a team-leading 12 RBIs, an .850 slugging percentage and a .458 on-base percentage with one stolen base. Of Serna’s eight hits, five were for extra bases as he crushed two home runs and also had three doubles.
For the season, Serna is batting .335 with 11 stolen bases, and is tied for the team lead with 28 RBIs while hitting in the leadoff spot. He has scored 24 runs, and has 12 extra-base hits on the year with nine doubles, one triple and two home runs.
Oregon senior right-hander Zack Thornton pitched in two Oregon wins last week, tossing 12 innings of one-run baseball. In two appearances, Thornton allowed just seven hits, while walking just one and striking out 13.
In Oregon’s 7-2 victory at Gonzaga last Tuesday, Thornton tossed five innings of one-run baseball, striking out six. He left the game with a 2-1 lead.
On Sunday, Thornton pitched seven innings of scoreless relief, to help Oregon come back from a two-run deficit and clinch its series win over USC with an 8-4 victory. Thornton allowed just five hits through seven scoreless innings, and struck out seven on his way to his sixth win of the season as the Oak Park, Calif., native remains undefeated on the year.
ANDERSON NAMED TO WATCH LIST
Oregon Friday-night starter Tyler Anderson has been named to the College Baseball Foundation’s Pitcher of the Year award watch list, it was announced on March 23.
Anderson is one of 49 pitchers from across the country that was named to Tuesday’s watch list. The Pitcher of the Year Award will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, on July 2 as part of the College Baseball Awards Show.
This is the second year the CBF will present the Pitcher of the Year Award.
Anderson is currently 6-3 on the season with a 2.64 ERA. The sophomore lefty endured a stretch of thee straight victories on the mound from March 5-19, in starts against Fresno State, Seattle and Nevada. At one point, the Las Vegas native had tossed 21 scoreless innings for the Ducks.
The Pac-10 leads the country with nine pitchers on the Baseball Foundation’s Pitcher of the Year award watch list.
Oregon inked 12 players during the early signing period, and each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the U of O for the 2010-11 academic year. All 12 newcomers are currently in their senior year of high school.
This is Oregon’s third recruiting class since the reinstatement of the UO baseball program, and if history repeats itself, the 2010 graduating class should garner national honors like its predecessors.
Of Oregon’s 12 signees, six rank among the top-200 high school prospects for 2010, including three of the country’s top-50 ranked prospects, according to PerfectGame Crosschecker.
For two consecutive years, Oregon’s recruiting classes have earned top-25 accolades. The Ducks’ 2009 class, brought in for the program’s first season in 28 years, was ranked No. 2 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball’s annual evaluation, and was also ranked 10th in the nation by Baseball America’s evaluation.
The Ducks’ second class received the No. 24 ranking in the nation from Baseball America earlier this fall.
CIVIL WAR CLASSIC
Tickets are also currently on sale for The Civil War Classic presented by RBC Wealth Management. First pitch is set 6:30 p.m. from PGE Park in Portland on Wednesday, May 26.
Tickets, which range in price from $5-$35, are available at www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster locations.
Oregon’s newest facility opened to 2,609 fans on March 2 as UO defeated Washington, 6-2. The park has full locker rooms, clubhouses and team amenities, as well as a state-of-the-art video board and a classic inning by inning score board.
The park has specially designed lighting structures. There is a landscaped area for food and hospitality and even a fan interaction area. There is a student seating area to enhance the intimacy for the Oregon baseball team and spectators.
Eugene architect firm Cameron, McCarthy, Gilbert & Scheibe was the lead landscape architectural firm on the first phase of construction. Larry Gilbert is leading the project.
“We have designed PK Park with all the features and amenities necessary to help the University of Oregon baseball program quickly establish itself as a regular on the ‘Road to Omaha’. The Ducks’ passionate fans will find their new ballpark to be one of the best places in the country to cheer on their favorite team,” said Greg Garlock, Designer and Principal with DLR Group.
PK Park has a total capacity of 4,000, including 3,000 fixed seats, a tiered party plaza named “Fowl Territory”, a picnic plaza and eight upper level suites.
The field is made of an all-weather base-ball specific FieldTurf, with clay mounds and bullpens. FieldTurf is the leading provider of collegiate baseball synthetic turf. The company has been installing similar products at college ballparks around the country.
2008 – On August 15, 2008 The University of Oregon announced that work has begun on the construction of a new baseball park. PK Park is named after Athletic Director Pat Kilkenny for his leadership, vision, support, and commitment to the University of Oregon. It was projected to cost $15-$18 million.
2009 – Baseball returns to the University of Oregon. In the team’s first game at the park on Feb. 27, the Ducks beat Fresno State, the defending national champions in front of a sellout crowd.
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