Kent State players poured out of the dugout celebrating their win last year as a walk-off bloop single in the bottom of the ninth propelled them to the College World Series. All the Ducks could do was watch - and think of how close they came to going to college baseball dreamland; Omaha, Nebraska.
Oregon’s preseason ranking of 10th is no mistake. Since the traumatic loss of last year, the Ducks have grown and are battle-tested. They return all four starting infielders and two of their three starting pitchers. Christian Jones, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, should fill in the final spot of the rotation making a formidable staff. The Ducks do have some holes to fill in the outfield and at backstop, but a strong recruiting class should translate to a seamless transition on the field.
The 2013 baseball season is only weeks away and the Ducks are poised for big things this year. They have the experience, talent and coaching to make a legitimate run at the title. For the Ducks, it is not what happened in the past, but it is how you act on it. Of all the men’s athletic teams at the University of Oregon, baseball may have the best shot at bringing a national title to Eugene.