Oregon steps out of Pac-12 play for next six games; Ducks open stretch with home-and-home against Portland: The Ducks return home to PK Park on Tuesday for the first of six non-conference games between now and next Monday. Oregon will play five of those games at home while visiting Portland on Wednesday. The Ducks and Pilots meet at 6 p.m. in Eugene Tuesday, before playing in Portland Wednesday at 3 p.m. Oregon and Portland met once already this season with UO winning 8-2. After the Portland games, the Ducks return to PK Park to start a seven-game homestand with the first four of those games played betweeen Friday and Monday. Oregon opens the homestand with a three-game weekend series against UC Riverside before playing a single game on Monday against San Diego. Oregon wraps up the homestand April 17-19 against Washington State.
Oregon 8, Portland 2 (Feb. 25): Shaun Chase hit a three-run home run to cap a six-run first inning and Oregon cruised to an 8-2 win over Portland at PK Park. The Ducks added single runs in the second and third innings before Portland answered with two runs in the fourth. Chase finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while A.J. Balta (2-for-3, RBI, run), J.B. Bryant (2-for-4, RBI, run), Austin Grebeck (2-for-4, RBI) and Tyler Baumgartner (2-for-5, RBI, 2 runs) all had two hits in Oregon’s 12-hit attack. Senior Jeff Gold picked up the win for the Ducks allowing two runs on three hits in five innings.
Ducks finish 10-game road trip with 5-5 record: Oregon just completed a road trip that covered two weeks and featured 10 games in four different cities. The Ducks opened the trip going 2-3 in five games in the Bay Area. UO split a pair of games at San Francisco before winning one of three games at Stanford in a weekend Pac-12 series. The Ducks lost game one at Stanford 6-3 before losing a heartbreaker in the nightcap of a doubleheader 2-1 in 11 innings. The Ducks salvaged the trip winning game three against Stanford 9-2 on Sunday. Oregon then turned its sights to the state of Washington where the Ducks went 3-2. UO swept a pair of mid-week games at Gonzaga before heading to Seattle to face first-place Washington. Oregon won game one at UW 10-3 before dropping a pair of one-run games on Saturday and Sunday. The Ducks took a two-run lead in the top of the 10th inning on Sunday, but the Huskies rallied with three runs in the bottom of the inning to clinch the series. The two one-run losses at Washington marked the fifth and sixth times that the Ducks have lost a one-run game this season.
Horton picked up second career-milestone of season this week: Oregon head coach George Horton started the 2014 season within reach of three career milestones. The Ducks’ skipper claimed the first one in the series finale at Hawaii. In his 23rd season as a head coach, Horton claimed his 900th career win when Oregon completed a four-game sweep against the Rainbow Warriors. He opened his career at Cerritos College and compiled 226 wins in six seasons (1985-90) at the California junior college. Horton made the jump to Division I as an assistant at Cal State Fullerton in 1991 before becoming the Titans head coach in 1997. Over the next 11 seasons Horton won 490 games at CSF, including the 2004 national championship, before leaving to restart the program at Oregon. Horton picked up the second milestone last Tuesday in Spokane with his 200th career win at Oregon. Horton now needs just eight more wins for his 700th career win as a Division I head coach.
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