Saturday, June 9
8:00 p.m., Kent State at No. 10 Oregon (PK Park)
Sunday, June 10
7:00 p.m., Kent State at No. 10 Oregon (PK Park)
Monday, June 11
4:00 p.m., Kent State at No. 10 Oregon (PK Park)*
• Venue: PK Park
• TV: ESPNU: Adam Amin (Play-By-Play) &
Paul Lo Duca (Analyst)
• Radio: KUJZ 95.3 FM in Eugene/Springfield: Jerry Allen & Brian Prawitz
• Twitter: @OregonBaseball for in-game updates, stats, etc
EUGENE SUPER REGIONAL
The University of Oregon will host the Eugene Super Regional at PK Park which begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
The Ducks (45-17) will play a best-of-three series with Kent State (44-17), winner of the Gary Regional, for the opportunity to advance to the College World Series.
HOW THE DUCKS GOT HERE
The University of Oregon claimed a No. 5 national seed for the 66th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, and last week at PK Park hosted its first postseason event in the four-year-old venue.
The No.1 seed in the bracket, Oregon needed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Austin Peay, 6-5, on Friday. UO then returned to the field on Saturday, and edged 12th-ranked Cal State Fullerton, 7-5, for the right to play in the Regional championship on Sunday. Oregon earned the right to host a Super Regional by defeating Austin Peay, 8-1, on Sunday.
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. Oregon is making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance overall, and second since the program was revived for the 2009 season.
The Ducks finished the year third in the Pac-12 conference with a 19-11 league record, and since April 27 have won 18 of their last 24 games.
Oregon baseball 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.
All-session and single-game tickets for the Eugene Super Regional are currently on sale.
Fans wanting to purchase tickets can visit www.GoDucks.com, call 1-800-WEBFOOT or visit the Oregon Athletic Ticket Office currently located in the Moshofsky Center. Normal operating hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.
After beginning the season unranked, the Ducks are currently ranked in five national polls, and rest at No. 10 in the Baseball America Top-25 poll. Oregon has been ranked as high as No. 5 this season.
Radio: Oregon’s games from the Eugene Super Regional will be broadcast on KUJZ 95.3 FM with Jerry Allen and Brian Prawitz calling all the action.
TV: All games from the Eugene Super Regional will be televised on ESPNU. Adam Amin will provide the play-by-play while Paul Lo Duca will serve as the analyst.
Live Stats: Live stats for each game of the Eugene Regional will be available online at www.NCAA.com.
Live Video: Video broadcasts for games from the Eugene Super Regional will be available on ESPN3.
Oregon currently ranks sixth in the NCAA RPI ratings. In addition, Oregon’s 2012 schedule is ranked the third strongest in the country according boydsworld.com, while boydsworld.com rates Oregon’s RPI at five.
HOW KENT STATE GOT HERE
The Golden Flashes (44-17) clinched a dramatic 3-2 Gary Regional championship title over No. 13 Kentucky last Sunday at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind., marking Kent State’s first regional championship.
Ranked No. 13 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the Golden Flashes will bring a nation-best 20-game win streak to Eugene – including seven in the postseason – courtesy of the victory over the Wildcats. The 2012 Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament champions, Kent State has won 35 of its last 42 games – including 24 of 26. The Flashes finished a perfect 4-0 in the MAC Tournament to clinch their fourth straight conference tournament crown. Kent State, the regional’s No. 3 seed, advanced to its second straight NCAA Regional Winner’s Bracket Final by outlasting Kentucky, 7-6, in 21 innings in the regional opener Friday (June 1) – the second-longest game in the history of the NCAA Tournament – then knocked off the regional host and top seed, No. 16 Purdue, 7-3, Saturday (June 2).
FRESHMAN CLASS RANKING
Once again a highly-touted recruiting class joined the Oregon baseball program as the 2011 class received a No. 9 ranking from Baseball America’s annual recruiting evaluations.
For the second year in a row, head coach George Horton brought in a top-10 class, and for the fourth consecutive year, Oregon has recruited a top-25 class.
A NEW LOOK
Oregon entered the 2012 season with 14 newcomers on the roster. From the 2011 squad, the Ducks lost three position starters with shortstop KC Serna, second baseman Danny Pulfer and catcher Jack Marder all departing after being selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
On the mound, Oregon took its biggest hit. The Ducks lost 322 and 1/3 innings of pitching, 15 wins and all 17 saves as Tyler Anderson, Madison Boer, Scott McGough and Kellen Moen were lost to the 2011 MLB Draft. Freshman Porter Clayton (0-1, 1 SV) is also missing from the 2012 roster after choosing to depart on a two-year mission.
• Oregon’s Super Regional appearance is 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 45 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 are currently 17-5 in one-run games and 4-0 in games that are decided in extra innings.
• Oregon is 14-7 against ranked opponents in 2012.
• Alex Keudell’s 11 wins in 2012 set a new UO single-season record, and he is 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 18 saves are a new Oregon single-season record.
• On April 28, Oregon baseball set a new PK Park attendance record with a crowd of 3,892 as UO defeated Cal 3-2.
• 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 have 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.
Three of the top-five attendance marks at PK Park have been set during the 2012 season. In its short four-year history, the Ducks set a new record when 3,892 were on hand to watch UO defeat California, 3-2, on April 28 following UO’s spring football game.
PK Park’s third-best all-time crowd of 3,791 witnessed UO’s come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Austin Peay last Friday, while 3,540 (5th) attended last Saturday to watch the Ducks defeat No. 12 Cal State Fullerton, 7-5.
Alex Keudell: Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Pac-12 All-Conference, Louisville Slugger All-American Second Team, Golden Spikes Semifinalist
Alex Keudell enters an expected Saturday-start vs. Kent State in the Eugene Super Regional with a record of 11-4 and staff-leading 2.38 ERA. In 2012, he has tossed three complete games, including one shutout, and in 117 and 1/3 innings has totaled 70 strikeouts while holding batters to a .226 clip. His 23 career wins are an all-time Oregon record, while his 11 wins in 2012 rank first in single-season history as well. Against top-25 competition this season, Keudell is 6-1 with an ERA of 2.36. Between March 23 and May 18, Keudell won nine consecutive starts. During that stretch he posted a 9-0 record with a 1.14 ERA allowing just nine runs in 71 and 1/3 innings.
Jake Reed: Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, Eugene All-Regional Team, Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention
Reed enters this weekend with a 2.93 ERA and 7-4 record. He is expected to start on Sunday as the Ducks host Kent State. Oregon’s Saturday starter for the 2012 season, the La Mesa, Calif., native’s 107 and 1/3 innings pitched are the most of any rookie in UO baseball history, and he has struck out 61 batters this season, while holding opponents to a .232 clip. In his first postseason appearance for Oregon last Sunday, Reed was brilliant from the start as the Ducks topped Austin Peay, 8-1, for a Super Regional berth. Reed allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. Reed leads Oregon with 14 quality starts. His season highlights include series-clinching wins over Vanderbilt, Arizona State, UCLA, Stanford, California and USC.
Jimmie Sherfy: NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist, Pac-12 All-Conference, Louisville Slugger All-American Third Team
In 58 and 1/3 innings of work, Jimmie Sherfy is 5-2 on the mound and owns a 2.16 ERA with 18 saves (fourth nation) and 87 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .176 off the native of Camarillo, Calif., while he is averaging 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
Sherfy has also been chosen to compete on the 2012 Collegiate National Team.
During a nine-game win streak from May 6-23, Sherfy tossed 11 and 2/3 shutout innings in seven appearances, earning five saves and one victory while fanning 21 batters. This season, he has inherited 26 runners, allowing six to score.
Ryan Hambright: Eugene Regional MVP
Third baseman Ryan Hambright was named Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Division I Men’s Baseball Championship Eugene Regional after leading the tournament with a .636 (7-for-11) batting average and helping the host Ducks to the regional championship and a spot in this week’s NCAA Super Regional round.
A junior from Corona, Calif., Hambright had at least one hit in all three Oregon victories, scored three times and drove in one run.
Eugene All-Regional Team: 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 has driven in 256 runs this season, and out of those 256 RBIs, 100 have come with two outs. Sophomore Kyle Garlick leads the Ducks with 18 two-out RBIs followed by Ryon Healy (15), Aaron Jones (14) and Aaron Payne (14).
IN THE NCAA
Oregon’s 3.02 ERA currently leads the Pac-12 and ranks 11th in the nation. The Duck pitching staff is holding opponents to a .225 clip to lead the Pac-12, while UO’s pitchers have picked off 15 runners to lead the league.
Oregon’s staff allows just 7.11 hits per nine innings to rank second in the country. The Ducks’ 417 strikeouts also top the Pac-12.
UO’s .970 fielding percentage leads the Pac-12 and ranks seventh in the country.
Oregon’s sophomore class has dominated the Duck offense as six sophomores regularly start in the field.
Pac-12 honorable mention second baseman Aaron Payne (.282) is the only UO player to start all 62 games and leads the Ducks with 41 runs scored, while Pac-12 honorable mention first baseman Ryon Healy leads Oregon with 21 multiple-hit games and 74 hits, including 13 doubles, one triple and four home runs while driving in 39 runs.
The pair of Aaron Jones and Kyle Garlick have split time between designated hitter and right field. Jones, a Pac-12 honorable mention pick, has totaled 39 RBIs and nine-multiple RBI games while driving in the game-winning run on 10 occasions.
Garlick, who is batting 297, leads the Ducks with 40 RBIs and 10 multiple-RBI games, while also producing an astonishing 18 RBIs during two-out situations. The Chino Hills, Calif., native shares the team lead with Jones in home runs (6).
Left fielder Brett Thomas leads the Ducks with a .314 average as well as 14 doubles and four triples. In center field, Connor Hofmann is batting .248 with three home runs.