Since the addition of PK Park (named after legendary Athletic Director Pat Kilkenny) and the return of the Oregon baseball program in 2009, the Ducks have grown steadily into a nationally recognized baseball team. Today, the Ducks made the D1 Baseball preseason Top 25 list at No. 22, one of only three Pac-12 schools (No. 4 UCLA and No. 24 Arizona State) to make the national preseason list.
— Oregon Duck Baseball (@OregonBaseball) January 19, 2015
The 2015 Ducks will return six starting position players from a 2014 team that capped of a fantastic season at 44-20, advancing to the NCAA Regionals. Junior third baseman Mitchell Tolman, senior catcher Shaun Chase, and redshirt sophomore and left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin return this year as preseason All-Americans.
Sophomore Stephen Nogosek and freshman David Peterson are expected to start this year, bolstering a pitching unit that lost Jake Reed and closer Tommy Thorpe to the MLB Draft.
In five seasons, Oregon baseball head coach George Horton has led the Ducks to three 40-win seasons and three postseason appearances. Horton has focused on recruiting and the development of fundamentals to transform the Ducks’ baseball team into a nationally recognized program.
The Oregon baseball season begins Feb. 13th with a 4-game away series in Honolulu against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The Ducks return for their first home game at PK Park on Feb. 19, facing New Mexico State.
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