Ducks Chop Warriors: Need One More for Sweep

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The #8 Oregon Ducks baseball team beat the Hawaii Warriors in the first three games of a four game series to open the season.  Led by All-American closer Jimmy Sherfy, Oregon won 3-0, 5-4 and 9-5 in their first three games of opening weekend.  Second baseman Aaron Payne possesses the hot bat so far, raking in five hits, four runs and an RBI, helping the Ducks to a 3-0 record.

The Ducks eye the sweep today against the Warriors at 3 p.m. in the final game of their season opening series.

Jimmy Sherfy earned two saves this weekend. He finished last season with 19.

Saturday’s game proved eventful for the Ducks, who led 5-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning.  The Warriors continued battle, scoring two runs in the sixth and one in the ninth, administering the Ducks and premier pitcher Sherfy a solid scare.  Sherfy forced a pop fly with a man on third for the final out and a mighty Oregon victory.

Ranked in the top-15 entering the season for the second consecutive year, the Ducks on the diamond are poised for a College World Series berth.  Falling just short in last year’s super regional in Eugene, Oregon dropped the final two games in a best of three series to Kent State and participated in the action in Omaha as spectators.

Oregon hosts Loyola Marymount in their home opener this Friday at 6 p.m. as the Ducks begin a four-game series against the Lions.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber