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.
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.