Q&A with Baseball America’s Conor Glassey

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I recently chatted with Conor Glassey, who is an MLB draft expert for Baseball America. He specifically focuses on prospects from the West, so he’s very familiar with the Ducks. While I had to ask him about his wild run-in with Paris Hilton, our conversation revolved around Oregon. Glassey talked about the players that will likely hear their names called …

Ducks Win Series Opener on Thorpe’s Gem

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Featured Photo Courtesy Steve Francis Photography The Oregon Ducks scrambled their way to three runs to take battle number one of the Civil War series on Friday night against the Oregon State Beavers.  The victory came behind a brilliant pitching performance from starter Tommy Thorpe, who dominated the Beaver’s offense all night long. Both starters dueled well on the hill; but sadly, …

Healy Powers Oregon To Series Win Over Stanford

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Featured Photo Courtesy Gary Breedlove Photography   Saturday was a fantastic day at the Autzen Stadium Complex today!  Following the debut of the 2013-14 Oregon football team, the Oregon baseball team came through with yet another definitive victory.  After putting together the best nine innings the Ducks have assembled all season on Friday night against Stanford’s Mark Appel, the Ducks …

Jimmie Sherfy has Eliminated His Only Weakness

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Ducks’ closer Jimmie Sherfy got the nickname “Wild Thing” because of his long blond hair, his animated demeanor, his follow-throughs on pitches … heck, maybe he howls at full moons. I don’t know the guy. But I think one of the biggest reasons he shares Ricky Vaughn’s nickname from Major League is because his pitches last year were often as unpredictable as …

Heineman, Ducks Take One of Three Against UCLA

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Featured Photo By Gary Breedlove Photography   While baseball can be a cruel game, it is also a game of averages.  For every unsuccessful at bat, inning, or pitch, there is usually a successful one waiting right around the corner.  Things were no different this weekend at PK Park during the Oregon Ducks’ series with the UCLA Bruins.  Oregon was put …

The Pac is on Fire

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Featured Photo © Gary Breedlove Photography   The PAC-12 baseball race is starting to heat up as the conferences’ top two teams face off in a non-conference Civil War game in Corvallis, Oregon.  The Ducks have been the most impressive team in the conference thus far, winning their first three series in conference play before losing to Arizona State this …

Oregon’s Bullpen is Locking Games Down

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To many, relief pitchers are to baseball what special teams players are to football: failed starters. Even the best relievers of all time, like Mariano Rivera and Goose Gossage, are viewed through this prism, and certain baseball analysts will tell you that these late-inning specialists provide even less value than average starting pitchers. While there’s a lot of truth to …

Ducks Edge Huskies In Tight Game Two

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Well it wasn’t a totally lost day for Ducks fans.  Just after the Oregon basketball team fell to top seeded Louisville, the Oregon baseball team redeemed the day with a close 1-0 win over the hated Washington Huskies.  After taking UW to extra innings the day before, the Duck offense fizzled out throughout most of the game, but got literally …

Ducks Hold Off Arizona To Complete First Conference Sweep

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© 2013 Gary Breedlove Photography   In the competitive Pac-12 conference, any win is a good win.  The Ducks seemed to bury the Arizona Wildcats early with a 6-1 lead, but a late Zona rally nearly cost Oregon a clean slate weekend.  Luckily, the Ducks were able to hold on for a 7-6 win at PK Park on Sunday afternoon, finishing up …

Duck Aces Dominate Arizona

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For the second straight week, the Oregon pitching staff totally dominated their opposition.  Last week, it was USC that whiffed throughout their at bats against Jake Reed, Christian Jones, and Jimmie Sherfy.  This week, it was Arizona that fell to the Oregon staff, 2-1. #12 Oregon (16-8, 3-1) is starting to settle into its own identity now: stellar pitching, and a …

Oregon Tops Texas State 4-3

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Midweek games continue to treat the Ducks well, and Oregon made the most of key at-bats to top the visiting Texas State Bobcats 4-3 on Tuesday night at PK Park.  After having their bats taken out of their hands by the dominant Vanderbilt pitching staff over the weekend, it was a pleasant sight to see a multitude of hard-hit balls …

Ducks Finally Cash In Against Commodores

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After stumbling through the first two games against #2 Vanderbilt, Oregon finally found a way to push some runs across against the stingy Commodore pitching staff.  While the SEC contenders brought plenty of Oregon’s flaws into the limelight over the weekend, the Ducks (11-5) were able to storm back from a 5-2 deficit to hand Vanderbilt (15-2) its second loss …