Ducks on the road for five games this week ending with three at Washington State Friday through Sunday: Oregon is on the road for five games this week with two non-conference games against Seattle on Tuesday and Wednesday and a Pac-12 series at Washington State starting Friday. The Ducks and Redhawks split their two games with Oregon winning 12-7 on Tuesday and Seattle picking up a 3-2 win on Wednesday.
Oregon and Washington State have met 267 times with the Cougars holding a 148-116-1 series advantage, as well as a 29-16 advantage in Pullman in games played since 1963. WSU also holds an 8-4 advantage in games played between the two teams in Oregon’s modern era of baseball, including a 5-1 edge in Pullman. The Cougars have won three of the four series since 2009, with the Ducks claiming the 2010 series in Eugene 2-1. WSU won the series 3-0 in 2009 and 2-1 in both 2011 and 2012.
Ducks in midst of eight straight road games: Oregon’s five-game road trip this week to Seattle and Washington State is the beginning of a streak that will see the Ducks eight straight games away from home. After finishing the state of Washington swing, Oregon will step out of conference play for a three-game series at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, May 10-12. The eight-game road swing will mark the second time the Ducks have played eight straight games away from PK Park this season. Oregon finished the first road streak with an 8-2 record winning the final six games after losing the first two at Arizona State. The Ducks won the series finale with the Sun Devils before winning a Tuesday game at Oregon State, sweeping a three-game series at California and beating Portland. Oregon returns home Tuesday, May 14, for the start of a five-game home stand against Gonzaga (May 14-15) and Oregon State (May 17-19).
Tolman leads Oregon with monster two-game series at Seattle: While Oregon and Seattle split their two games earlier this week; Ducks’ freshman Mitchell Tolman did his part to help Oregon win both games.
Tolman, who was the DH in both games after a long string of starting at third base, went 4-for-7 (.571 batting average) with nine RBI in the two games. Tolman opened the series on Tuesday going 3-for-4 with seven RBI in the Ducks 12-7 win. Tolman drove in at least one run in all five of his at bats. His seven RBI were the most by an Oregon player since Jack Marder drove in eight runs vs. Nevada on March 19, 2010, as well as three more than any other Duck has had this season.
Tolman added to his RBI total on Wednesday when he drove in both of Oregon’s runs in a 3-2 loss. His two RBI came with on a bases loaded single with one out in the top of the third inning and tied the score 2-2.
Tolman has run his season total to 21 RBI, good for fourth on the team, after entering the week with 12 RBI. His back-to-back multi-RBI games ran his season total to three games with more than one RBI. He drove in three runs earlier this season in a win over Portland at PK Park.
Healy named Pac-12 Player of the Week for second time this season: Ryon Healy has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after leading Oregon to a 4-0 record last week, including a series sweep of No. 21 Stanford. The honor is the second of the season for the Ducks’ first baseman. Healy batted .400 (6-for-15) for the week with two home runs, a double, seven RBI and three runs scored. He led Oregon with a .867 slugging percentage and had a .500 on base percentage. The junior was even better in the three games against Stanford hitting .455 (5-for-11) with two home runs, a double, seven RBI and two runs scored. His slugging percentage was 1.091 vs. the Cardinal and he had a .538 on base percentage.
Healy led Oregon to a 6-4 win in game two of the Stanford series hitting a pair of two-run homers, finishing the game 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. In Sunday’s series finale, he added two more RBI including one on a ninth-inning double that tied the score and set up Oregon’s winning squeeze bunt play. Healy had a hit in all four Ducks’ games during the week and picked up at least one RBI in all three Stanford games. Healy’s first conference player of the week came after he led the Ducks to a four-game sweep at Hawaii in February to open the season. His second award gives the Ducks four weekly awards this season. Scott Heineman was named the conference player of the week on April 15 and Cole Irvin claimed pitcher of the week honors on April 1.
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.
Sherfy on watch lists for Golden Spikes Award, Pitcher of the Year Award and NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award: Jimmie Sherfy added another watch list to his list of accomplishments. The All-American right-hander earned a spot on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List. He added that honor to a pair of other watch lists that he was named to earlier this year, the 2013 Pitcher of the Year Award and the Golden Spikes Award Watch list. Sherfy is one of 51 players on the stopper of the year list and one of 41 players to make the initial pitcher of the year list.
The junior is second in the nation in saves with 14, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 0.90 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
NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List
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 13.02 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 33. The junior moved ahead of Louisiana Tech’s Caleb Dudley with a save at Oregon State on April 7, before running his total to 33 with a save vs. Stanford last Saturday. He trails only La Salle’s Pat Christensen (43 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: Jimmie Sherfy picked up his 14th save of the season last Saturday vs. Stanford and is now second in the country in saves, trailing only Austin Peay’s Tyler Rogers who has 17. Aaron Payne ranks in the top 20 in a pair of categories. The junior second baseman is 13th in sacrifice bunts with 13, while ranking 18th in sacrifice bunts per game (0.32). Freshman Cole Irvin is 14th in victories with eight, three off the national lead. Irvin, Tommy Thorpe and Jake Reed are tied for 18th in games started with 11. Ryon Healy ranks in the top 52 in four separate categories. He is 34th in home runs with nine, 43rd in total bases with 100, 47th in home runs per game with 0.21 and 52nd in RBI with 42.
As a team, Oregon is third in the country in sacrifice bunts with 64, while ranking eighth in fielding percentage at .980 Overall the Ducks rank in the top 60 in six categories. UO also ranks among the national leaders in win-loss percentage (11th; .767), ERA (15th; 2.76), hits allowed per nine innings (20th; 7.61) and WHIP (22nd; 1.19).
UO in the polls: Oregon remained highly ranked in each of the national polls released Monday after going 4-0 last week. The Ducks climbed two spots in the Baseball America poll to 11th, while moving up two spots in the Collegiate Baseball poll to sixth. UO edged up a spot to sixth in the USA Today Coaches Poll, while holding steady at 13th in the Perfect Game Poll. The NCBWA, which came out late Monday, has the Ducks ranked sixth.
Ducks schedule features a number of ranked teams: Oregon has played six ranked teams this season including a sweep of then-No. 21 Stanford last weekend. The Ducks have already played 16 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. 6 Oregon State on April 9. The Ducks just finished a three-game series against No. 9 UCLA two weeks ago. Oregon’s schedule doesn’t figure to get any easier with the Ducks facing another Pac-12 team currently ranked in the Baseball America poll this season when Oregon plays sixth-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 23rd 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.
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.
Ducks 18-8 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 26 games against teams ranked in the Baseball America top 25 and compiled an impressive 18-8 record in those games -- a .692 winning percentage. Oregon has hosted three ranked teams this season with the latest coming last week when the Ducks swept No. 21 Stanford in a three-game series. Oregon also hosted No. 13 UCLA who 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)
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)
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 Scenario: The Ducks enter this weekend’s series at Washington State in first place in the Pac-12 Conference with a 16-5 record, a half game in front of Oregon State. The Ducks also hold 3.5 game leads over both UCLA and Arizona State. The Bruins and Sun Devils both hold the tie breaker over the Ducks thanks to 2-1 series wins earlier this season. The Ducks and Beavers are yet to meet in their three-game Pac-12 Conference series with those games coming in three weeks. In addition to WSU and OSU, the Ducks have a season-ending three-game series left at Utah.
Oregon’s pitching staff will look to continue to lead the Ducks at Washington State. UO enters the series with a 2.82 ERA. Oregon’s three weekend starters have combined to post a 3.01 ERA with 21 quality starts, with each contributing seven of those. The bullpen has combined for just a 2.34 ERA with Jimmie Sherfy leading the way with a 0.90 ERA and 14 saves. Freshman Garrett Cleavinger has a 4-0 record, including a pair of wins against Stanford last weekend, to go with two saves. Darrell Hunter (2-0, 2.03 ERA) and Christian Jones (1 save, 2.45 ERA) give the Ducks four options to use late in games. Offensively, Ryon Healy leads UO in batting average (.349), hits (61), doubles (15), home runs (9), RBI (45), total bases (103) and slugging percentage (.589). Oregon has seen its team batting average climb to .265 with three regulars hitting over .300. In addition to Healy, freshman Mitchell Tolman is batting .343 with a team-high .421 on-base percentage. Brett Thomas is hitting .313 with 14 doubles and 25 RBI. J.J. Altobelli is batting .291, and Scott Heineman is second on the team in RBI (30) and third in doubles (12) while batting .279. Aaron Payne, who bats second, has a .382 on base percentage with team highs in walks (22), hit by pitches (13), sacrifice bunts (13) and sacrifice flies (4).