From The Dugout: The Start Of Fall Ball
September 14, 2010
The Oregon baseball team held the first practice of the fall on Monday at PK Park.
Check out the videos below of head coach George Horton and junior left-hander Tyler Anderson, as well as the much-anticipated first video blog of the season from junior right-hander Scott McGough and athletic trainer Tom Embree. A special thanks to junior right-hander Madison Boer for his work behind the camera.
Don’t forget, the Ducks will make their first public appearance at noon on Saturday, hosting an intrasquad game at the PK Park Experience prior to kick off vs. Portland State.
The team will also be available for autographs following the scrimmage.
Scott McGough and Tom Embree with their first video blog of the season.
Head coach George Horton at the first fall practice.
Tyler Anderson answers questions about his summer with the Collegiate National Team.
The Ducks advanced to the NCAA Regional finals in 2010, in only their second year of reinstatement after a 27-year absence.
Head coach George Horton manufactured the second-best turn around in NCAA history since 1998, as UO went from 14-42 in 2009 to 40-24 in 2010. Oregon ended the 2010 season ranked in four out of five national polls.
Oregon’s biggest questions for 2011 will be behind the plate and on the mound. Eddie Rodriguez, Oregon’s starting catcher from 2010, was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 32nd round following his senior season. The Ducks have returners Mitch Karraker and Paul Eshleman, while junior transfer Brett Hambright (Corona,Calif./Riverside CC), and freshmen Aaron Jones (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente HS) and Stefan Sabol (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS) will also be competing for time at catcher. Sophomore Jack Marder, a first baseman and right fielder in 2010, may also see time behind the plate.
The Ducks also lost their Saturday and Sunday starters from their weekend rotation as both Justin LaTempa (12th round, Los Angeles Angels) and Zack Thornton (23rd round, Oakland Athletics), were drafted following their senior campaigns.
Who will take their spots? Returners Joey Housey, Christian Jones and Alex Keudell are all candidates, while freshmen Brandon Brennan (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS), Ryon Healy (West Hills, Calif./Crespi HS), Jimmie Sherfy (Camarillo, Calif./Newbury Park HS) and Brando Tessar (Simi Valley, Calif./Chaminade HS) also join the Ducks pitching staff this year.
UO’s pitching staff ended last season with a 3.29 ERA – ranking third in the nation.
Many of the Ducks are returning to Eugene after very exciting summers. Junior pitchers Tyler Anderson and Scott McGough spent their summer with the Collegiate National Team, while sophomore left-hander Christian Jones and junior shortstop KC Serna played in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Both played in the Cape Cod All-Star Game at Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox.
Junior Madison Boer spent his summer with the La Crosse Loggers of the Northwoods League and was named the No. 10 prospect in the league by both Baseball America and Perfect Game Crosschecker.
Freshmen Stefan Sabol, Ryon Healy, Tyler Kuresa and Aaron Jones also had successful summers.
Sabol (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS) played for the Cowlitz Black Bears of the West Coast League, and in a league of mainly sophomores and juniors, was named the WCL’s top prospect by both Baseball America and Perfect Game Crosschecker.
Healy (West Hills, Calif./Crespi HS) spent his summer in southern California playing for the Conejo Oaks of the California Collegiate League, and was named the CCL’s top prospect by Baseball America.
Kuresa (Roseville, Calif./Oakmont HS)played for the Oahu Paddlers of the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League and was named the league’s No. 3 prospect by Perfect Game Crosschecker and No. 10 prospect by Baseball America.
Jones (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente HS) spent his summer playing for the Kelowna Falcons of the West Coast League, and was named the league’s No. 11 prospect by Perfect Game Crosschecker.