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Ducks Visit Portland Looking For Season Sweep Of Pilots
Release Date: 04/22/2013
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Ducks and Pilots play for fourth time this season: Oregon and Portland will meet for the fourth time this season on Tuesday when the teams play in Portland at 3 p.m. It will be the second of two meetings in Portland, with the Ducks handing the Pilots a 4-1 loss in the Rose City last Tuesday. Oregon won both games earlier this season in Eugene, beating the Pilots 3-1 on February 26 and 5-1 on March 26. In the first three games the Ducks have out-hit the Pilots .236 to .191 while the Ducks pitching staff has a 1.00 ERA compared to a 3.96 ERA by the Pilots. Mitchell Tolman leads Oregon with a .429 average against Portland, while Brett Thomas and Aaron Payne both are hitting .333 in the three games. Ryon Healy and Scott Heineman both hit home runs in last week’s win. Jeff Gold, Darrell Hunter and Garrett Cleavinger have the wins for Oregon.

 Ducks host Stanford in crucial three-game Pac-12 series this weekend: Oregon returns home to PK Park for another crucial three-game Pac-12 series this weekend after the Portland game. The Ducks will entertain No. 21 Stanford starting Friday at 6 p.m. It will mark the second straight home series where Oregon will face a team ranked in the top 25 and the third home series against a ranked team overall. The Ducks enter the season in first place in the Pac-12, a half game in front of Oregon State and 2.5 games ahead of Stanford and UCLA. The Cardinal enter the weekend with a 9-6 conference record and are led by right-handed pitcher Mark Appel, the ninth overall pick in last year’s Major League Baseball Draft.

Ducks 15-8 all-time against ranked teams at PK Park: Oregon is no stranger to hosting ranked teams at PK Park. During the program’s four-plus seasons playing in the park, the Ducks have played 23 games against teams ranked in the Baseball America top 25 and compiled an impressive 15-8 record in those games -- a .652 winning percentage. Oregon has hosted two ranked teams already this season with the latest coming last week when No. 13 UCLA won two of three over the Ducks. In March, Oregon hosted No. 2 Vanderbilt and won one of three against the Commodores. The Ducks won the series finale in both of those series.

Until this season, the Ducks had won all but one series against ranked teams they had played in PK Park. Oregon beat defending National Champion, and 15th-ranked, Fresno State two out of three in 2009 in the first series in ballpark history against a ranked team. The Ducks won the first two, 1-0 and 7-1, before losing game three 10-3. In 2010, Oregon dropped two of three to No. 2 Arizona State winning game two 6-5 in 12 innings, while beating No. 19 San Diego 13-4. In 2011, UO beat No. 23 Arizona two out of three and swept No. 6 Oregon State at PK Park. Last season, the Ducks swept No. 14 Arizona State in a three-game series, while beating No. 23 Oregon State in a single Tuesday game. Since baseball was reinstated at Oregon, the Ducks have played the No. 1 team in the country in two separate series on the road. In 2009, UO lost two games at UC Irvine (9-6, 7-4) before taking two of three games (5-4, 8-4, 1-5) at UCLA in 2010. (See a complete list of games Oregon has played vs. ranked opponents on page 7 of this release)

Sherfy named to Pitcher of the Year Award and Golden Spikes Award watch lists:  Jimmie Sherfy has been named to the initial watch list for the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond Sports and presented during the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions on June 29. Sherfy is one of 41 players to make the initial list. The junior right-hander is second in the nation in saves with 13, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 1.00 ERA. He also ranks fourth in the country in active career saves. Previously, Sherfy was named to the watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, which is sponsored by Major League Baseball and honors the top amateur baseball player in the country. Sherfy earned multiple postseason All-America honors as a sophomore after finishing the season with 19 saves and a 2.20 ERA. The right-hander claimed first-team ABCA/Rawlings All-America recognition, while being named second-team All-America by the NCBWA, Baseball America, and Perfect Game, and third-team by Louisville Slugger.  Sherfy was also a NCBWA Stopper of the Year finalist and claimed first-team All-Pac 12 accolades after leading the league in saves. Sherfy set an Oregon record with 19 saves last season while finishing with a 5-3 record in 36 appearances.  He struck out 93 hitters in just 61.1 innings (an average of 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched) and held opponents to a .172 batting average.

2013 Sherfy Honors

Pitcher of the Year Watch List

2013 USA Baseball Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List

NCBWA Preseason 1st-Team All-America

Louisville Slugger Preseason 1st-Team All-America

Perfect Game Preseason 2nd-Team All-America

Sherfy 2012 Postseason Honors

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist

ABCA/Rawlings 1st-Team All-America

Baseball America 2nd-Team All-America

Perfect Game 2nd-Team All-America

NCBWA 2nd-Team All-America

Louisville Slugger 3rd-Team All-America

Pac-12 1st-Team All-Conference

Sherfy active leader in career strikeouts per nine innings, fourth on active career saves list: Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy’s 13.15 strikeouts per nine innings during his career leads the country in the category. The Duck junior has fanned nearly half a hitter more per nine innings in his three-year career than his closest competitor, Stephen Richter of Delaware, who has 12.73 Ks per nine innings. Sherfy also ranks fourth among the active career save leaders with 32. The junior moved ahead of Louisiana Tech’s Caleb Dudley with a save at Oregon State on April 7, and then added two more at Cal, one at Portland and one vs. UCLA on Sunday. He trails only La Salle’s Pat Christensen (41 saves), Ole Miss’ Brett Huber (36 saves), and Texas’ Cory Knebel (35 saves). Sherfy is the career leader at Oregon and set the single-season Ducks’ record in 2012.

Sherfy second in country in saves while other Ducks rank among national leaders; Oregon leads nation in fielding percentage: Jimmie Sherfy picked up his 13th save of the season Sunday vs. UCLA and is now second in the country in saves, trailing only Austin Peay’s Tyler Rogers who has 14. Aaron Payne ranks in the top 20 in a pair of categories. The junior second baseman is 11th in sacrifice bunts with 12, while ranking 20th in sacrifice bunts per game (0.32). Freshman Cole Irvin is 22nd in victories with eight, three off the national lead. Ryon Healy ranks 53rd in the nation in total bases with 87. Irvin, Tommy Thorpe and Jake Reed are tied for 21st in games started with 10.

As a team, Oregon leads the country in fielding percentage at .986, while ranking in the top 60 in a total of six categories. The Ducks are fifth in sacrifice bunts (56) to give the team two top-10 rankings. UO also ranks among the national leaders in win-loss percentage (17th; .744), hits allowed per nine innings (21st; 7.52), ERA (24th; 2.81) and WHIP (24th; 1.20).

UO in the polls: Oregon remained highly ranked in each of the national polls released Monday after going 2-2 last week. The Ducks slipped three spots in the Baseball America poll to 13th, while moving dropping one spot in the Collegiate Baseball poll to eighth. UO remained seventh in the USA Today Coaches Poll, while slipping three spots to 13th in the Perfect Game Poll. The NCBWA poll wasn’t released as of Monday afternoon.

Ducks schedule features a number of ranked teams, including No. 21 Stanford this week: Oregon will play its sixth ranked team of the season this weekend when No. 21 Stanford visits PK Park. The Ducks have already played 13 games against ranked teams, including six games in a 10-day stretch starting March 1 when the Ducks visited No. 4 (this week’s Baseball America ranking) Cal State Fullerton. The Ducks returned home for a two-game series against Cal State Northridge and then played three games against No. 2 Vanderbilt. Oregon wrapped up a three-game series at No. 8 Arizona State three weeks ago and then faced No. 7 Oregon State on April 9. The Ducks just finished a three-game series against No. 9 UCLA last weekend. Oregon’s schedule doesn’t figure to get any easier with the Ducks facing two more Pac-12 teams currently ranked in the Baseball America poll this season, as well as a two-game set against No. 24 Gonzaga (May 14-15). In addition to playing 21st-ranked Stanford in a three-game series this weekend, Oregon plays seventh-ranked Oregon State four more times (May 17-19 at PK Park, May 21 at OSU). Arizona, who dropped out of the BA poll in the last month, is ranked in at least one of the other polls. The Wildcats, who the Ducks swept in March, are 24th in the Collegiate Baseball poll.

Irvin named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week: Freshman Cole Irvin was named the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week and the Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week after throwing a shutout against Washington. Irvin pitched Oregon’s first complete-game shutout of the season and only allowed two runners to advance past first base in the Ducks’ 6-0 victory over Washington on March 30. He allowed just four hits, while striking out a season-high 11 batters and registering one walk. The Yorba Linda, Calif. product found his rhythm early, fanning seven batters through the first four innings, and never let up. He struck out one in the sixth, another in the seventh, and notched a pair of punch outs in the ninth.

Heineman named Pac-12 Player of the Week: Scott Heineman has been named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week after leading Oregon to a 4-0 record from April 9 to April 14. Heineman batted .438 (7-for-16) with three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and five runs scored as the Ducks went 4-0 on the road and earned their first Conference road sweep since the program was reinstated in 2009. The Pacific Palisades, Calif. native, who finished the week with a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.188 slugging percentage, hit safely in all four outings and logged a pair of multiple-hit games against California over the weekend. Heineman, who entered the weekend with one career home run, went yard twice in Saturday’s 10-4 victory over the Bears and added a homer in Sunday’s 5-4 win in Berkeley. All three of his doubles and six of his seven hits came in the weekend set.

Healy delivers first walk-off home run in modern history at Oregon: Since Oregon reinstated baseball before the 2009 season; no Oregon Duck had hit a walk-off home run until March 28. Ryon Healy became the first to do it when he lined a two-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the 10th inning to give UO a 5-3 win over the Washington Huskies. Healy’s blast came two innings after he singled in the tying run to eventually send the game into extra innings.

Ducks play 10 TV games, including one game on the Pac-12 Networks and one on ESPNU vs. Stanford this weekend: Oregon will make 10 regular season appearances on national television during the 2013 season. Oregon plays a total of eight games on the Pac-12 Networks during the season, while also playing one game on ESPNU and one game on the Big 12 Network. (See complete TV schedule on page 6)

Ducks pick up first Pac-12 road sweep since 1976: Oregon swept California in a three-game Pac-12 series earlier this year marking the first time since the Ducks reinstated baseball for the 2009 season that Oregon has won all three games of a Pac-12 series away from PK Park. Oregon’s last sweep of a three-game series in conference play came in May 1976 when UO took three at Washington.

Four Duck pitchers combine for 15 strikeouts in 3-1 win over Portland: Christian Jones, Jeff Gold, Garrett Cleavinger and Jimmie Sherfy combined to strike out 15 Portland batters in a 3-1 win on Feb. 26, while not allowing a walk during the game. Jones started the game and struck out five in three innings before giving way to Gold who fanned a career-high seven Pilots in four innings. Cleavinger struck out two in the eighth inning, and Sherfy added one punch out in the ninth to give the Ducks their most strikeouts since Feb. 18, 2012 when Oregon pitchers struck out 17 Hawaii batters in a 12-inning win.

Horton named 2012 Division I Coach of the Year by FieldTurf: University of Oregon head baseball coach George Horton won the 7th annual FieldTurf Baseball Award as the 2012 NCAA Division I Coach of the Year Field Turf announced in January. Horton led the Ducks to within one win of the College World Series in just the program’s fourth season after it was reinstated for the 2009 season.  Under Horton’s tutelage, Oregon finished the 2012 season with a 46-19 record and a No. 11 ranking in the final Baseball America Top-25 poll. The Super Regional appearance was the eighth by a Horton coached team, and the first for Oregon since 1954. The 40-win season was the ninth in Horton’s 15 years as a head coach at the Division I level and the team’s .708 winning percentage was the best by a Ducks team since 1978.

Ducks 2013 recruiting class ranked No. 6 by Perfect game: The Oregon Ducks 2013 baseball recruiting class is ranked sixth in the nation by Perfect Game. The Ducks signed the nationally-ranked class after advancing to within one game of the College World Series last season.  Oregon won a school-record 46 games in 2012 before ending its season in the Super Regional in Eugene.

The Matchup: Oregon visits Portland on Tuesday before getting back into Pac-12 action on Friday with the beginning of a three-game series against No. 21 Stanford. The Ducks and Pilots will meet for the fourth time this season, and the second in Portland. Oregon handed Portland a 4-1 loss last Tuesday in the Rose City. The Ducks also won the first two meetings 3-1 (February 26) and 5-1 (March 26) in Eugene.

In the first meeting between Oregon and Portland, four Duck pitchers combined to strike out 15 Pilots. Christian Jones got the start and fanned five in three innings while allowing two hits. Jeff Gold took over in the fourth and struck out seven Pilots over the next four innings. Garrett Cleavinger pitched one inning fanning two and Jimmie Sherfy came in to get the save throwing an inning with one K.  Oregon jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first and added single runs in the third and fifth innings to take a 3-0 lead. Portland scored its run in the ninth. Scott Heineman, Brett Thomas and Ryon Healy each had a RBI in the win. In the second game, Oregon used nine pitchers with Darrell Hunter picking up the win. Portland took a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning, but Oregon tied the game with a single run in the bottom half of the inning and then added three runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth. Freshman Mitchell Tolman delivered a three-run bases-loaded double in the seventh inning to lock up the win for the Ducks. Portland held a 1-0 lead in last Tuesday’s game, but a pair of long balls by Oregon led to a 4-1 win. Healy tied the game with a solo shot in the seventh inning. Then with the game tied at 1-1 in the top of the ninth and two outs, Heineman blasted a three-run home run to left-center field to give Oregon the win. Cleavinger, the sixth of seven Ducks’ pitchers, got the win pitching 1.1 innings. Sherfy came in to strike out three in the ninth to wrap up his 12th save.

Healy pushes consecutive start streak over 100:  Oregon first baseman Ryon Healy has run his consecutive start streak over the century mark. Healy started his 100th straight game in a March 23 win over Arizona before making it 116 straight starts on Sunday. The junior has started Oregon’s first 39 games this season after starting all 65 of the team’s games last year. The Duck junior began his streak on May 13, 2011 when he started at first base in the series opener against Stanford during his freshman season. He finished that year starting the final 12 games of the year. The last game Healy didn’t start was a 7-7 tie at Seattle on May, 11, 2011.

Healy’s streak is 95 games longer than anyone else on the Ducks’ team.  Second baseman Aaron Payne had his 76-game streak snapped March 4 when he didn’t play against Cal State Northridge in the first game of the two-game series with the Matadors. Payne had started the first 11 games this season and all 65 games in 2012. Shortstop J.J. Altobelli had his 51 game streak snapped last Tuesday when he didn’t start at Portland. Freshman Mitchell Tolman is now second on the team with 21 straight starts.

Consecutive Starts:

Name:                                               2013                             Total                                   

Ryon Healy                                         39                                 116

Mitchell Tolman                                21                                  21

Tyler Baumgartner                           18                                  18

Brett Thomas                                     12                                  12

Scott Heineman                                10                                  10

J.J. Altobelli                                          3                                     3

Aaron Payne                                        3                                     3

Connor Hofmann                               1                                     1

Josh Graham                                       1                                     1

Oregon picked fourth in preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll: The Oregon Ducks were picked to finish fourth in the 2013 Pac-12 Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll. UO received 73 points behind only preseason favorite Stanford, UCLA and Oregon State. The Ducks won a school-record 46 games in 2012 before ending their season in the Super Regional in Eugene. UO returns seven position player starters this season behind a pitching staff that features four returning starters and an All-American reliever.

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