Murky Pac-12 Gives Oregon a Sliver of Hope

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It appears the Oregon baseball program won’t be making a return to the postseason for a sixth straight year. Despite spending the first month of the 2016 season in the Top 30, including a short stint in the Top 15, the Ducks (29-23, 14-13) have been eliminated from a chance at the Pac-12 title with one series left to play. Unfortunately for …

Ducks Baseball Should Avoid Mauling by Cougars This Weekend

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The Diamond Ducks are running out of time. Head coach George Horton and his players reminded reporters on Wednesday afternoon that anything can happen in the game of baseball. It’s true that the Ducks are a paltry two games out of first place in the Pac-12. In a vacuum, that’s good news for Oregon fans. The Ducks are 6-4 in …

Oregon Pitchers Survived the First Half, Look to Dominate Second Half of Conference Play

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Oregon’s pitching has not been great. The highly touted rotation has pitched well, but has failed to reach the levels we expected back in February. The bullpen is questionable, as well. As mentioned last week, the back-end is set, but as evidenced by the madness of the Oregon State game Monday night, the long-relievers/spot starters are anything but a sure …

Oregon’s Bullpen Has Questions — and Answers

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The Ducks have pitching weapons in reserve. The heavy and light arms will have to continue to move Oregon forward until the punchless offense decides whether they are committed to the “small ball” approach of years past or if George Horton has decided to blaze a new trail for the second half of the year. Optimism about surging bats and …

A Return to Expected Form for the Ducks?

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Nearly a month and a half into the season the Ducks have not flown as high as I had hoped this winter. But their performance has been more in line with what we had expected. The pitching staff has performed well and the offense is still finding their groove. After the 10-1 shellacking of Portland on Wednesday evening, there is …

Oregon Baseball: The Next Men Up

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The Ducks struggled in their trip through SEC country last week. Each of the starters posted his shortest outing of the year as Oregon skidded into its first losing streak of 2016. The series in Starkville gave head coach George Horton an opportunity to trot out his bullpen as the long relievers begin to solidify their roles. The problem the bullpen …

Ducks Offense Continues to Fly Out of the Sun

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Surprise, surprise – pitching headlines another preseason for Oregon baseball. Cole Irvin told reporters last week that he is “the healthiest [he’s] been [his] whole career.” Matt Krook is returning, attempting conjure some of the magic he showed as a freshman after shining in Cape Cod this summer. Last, but certainly not least, is David Peterson who should only improve with age, …

Hope Springs Eternal for Ducks

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Two weeks into the season and as expected, the Ducks offense hasn’t faltered. Vernon Adams Jr. fought through a broken finger to throw for more than 300 yards and extend Oregon’s streak of games with a passing touchdown to 70 in last week’s defeat at the hands of Michigan State. The defense improved in a much tougher contest than the Week …

From the Bench to the Skies, These Three Ducks Will Soar in 2015

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Oregon’s incredible depth has been one of the biggest storylines of the summer. The unbelievably deep position of wide receiver caused Alex Ofodile to redshirt when many assumed he would be make an impact straight away after enrolling back in January. The loss of RB Thomas Tyner for the entire 2015/2016 puts a small wrench in this offense, but it won’t be its undoing. Royce …

Ducks Baseball Team is Built for a Championship Run

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Every eye in Eugene and around the country is on Ducks football, as we are rapidly approaching the beginning of a fresh season. With lofty expectations and electric excitement surrounding the team, much is lost in the rest of the world of Duck sports. Just a week after Oregon squares off with Eastern Washington in the season opener, the Ducks baseball …