Ducking the Draft. Will They Stay or Will They Go?

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The Ducks had a strong showing at the MLB Draft this week as four players were taken in the first 12 rounds. A total of six starters and six recruits had their names called to join the show. Pitchers Garrett Cleavinger and Josh Graham were drafted in the third and fourth rounds respectively by the Orioles and Braves. Infielder Mitchell …

Oregon Baseball Analysis: Infield Defensive Shifts

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Defensive positioning in baseball has changed dramatically over the years as managers are looking at every detail of the game. Getting advanced statistics on batters and shifting players into the correct defensive positions are a few examples. The defensive shifts implemented during the game can be interesting to see for fans – new and old — of baseball. In my last baseball analysis, …

Tim Susnara Delivers in the Clutch, Ducks Hand UCLA Their First Series Loss of the Season

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Cole Irvin was solid on Friday night, David Peterson was great Saturday, but Josh Graham was unbelievable on Sunday afternoon, leading the Ducks to a 4-3 victory over No. 2 UCLA with a nine-inning, 11K performance. Graham was the first pitcher this season to work into the ninth for Oregon, and the first pitcher since Matt Crook to throw 11Ks …

Oregon Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive With 11 Inning Win Over UCLA

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The Ducks dug deep for their game two victory over UCLA in 11 innings. Riding on the wings of a strong pitching performance for the second night in a row, Oregon secured a win in a must-win situation and possibly clinched themselves a playoff berth with the 5-4 win. Freshman David Peterson continued to blow batters away, striking out the first …

Confidence and Timing Give the Ducks a Boost

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The Ducks baseball team has been red hot over the last month, finding their stride just in time to make a legitimate playoff push. When head coach George Horton told reporters that their “magic number” to make the College World Series playoffs was somewhere around 35 wins, it looked to be a nearly insurmountable task. However the Ducks have won …

Which Duck Team Will We See in the Final Seven Games of the Regular Season?

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A rough month of March in which the Ducks went 7-11 might prove to be the undoing of the preseason-ranked No. 22 team in the country. However something has clicked for George Horton’s squad over the last month, as they have gone 6-3 in May and are on the cusp of a turnaround that could land them in the postseason. …

Pitching and Defense Win The Day on the Diamond

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The offensive onslaught that defined Tuesday night’s game against Gonzaga was a thing of the past Wednesday as the Ducks took game two with a 2-1 victory. A solid performance from freshman Jacob Corn and a business as usual performance from the bullpen secured the Ducks’ third consecutive win before they head to Utah this weekend. Corn had no trouble …

Ducks Duke it Out With Gonzaga For Game One Win

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A 9-4 victory Tuesday night was a much tougher battle for Oregon than the box score might reveal. Both offenses kept the pressure on all night as Gonzaga tallied 12 hits compared to Oregon’s 13. All of the damage was done early on with every run coming off the starters in the first four innings. The Ducks offense got right …

Ducks Far From First to Stir the Uniform Pot

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Oregon’s boys of summer are enhancing the gray on their coaches’ heads as they work to discover a reason for the Ducks’ inconsistent performance this season. A few folks have mentioned some characteristics, other than the team’s play on the diamond, that might be contributing to the performance slide.  Those folks to the north are fond of making less than positive …

Calling all Ducks!

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The Oregon baseball team is fighting for their lives with 12 games left to play in the regular season. As Oregon fans, we are accustomed to seeing our teams not only reach the postseason but also be major contenders to take a title. Those high expectations loomed large over head coach George Horton and his team as they had won …

Who Can We Expect to See Firing for the Ducks?

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For a team that was ranked in the Top 10 in preseason, the Ducks are in a position few expected in February. With 16 games remaining, the Ducks need to win at least 10 in order to have a chance at making the playoffs. They have fallen short of preseason expectations, but have showed great resilience, finding ways to win …

Despite Adversity, Ducks Can Right the Ship

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The recent gloomy weather sums up Coach Horton’s mood surrounding the Oregon Ducks. Frustration mounts, both in the dugout and the clubhouse. Recently, a lack of focus at the plate and costly errors have disrupted the good vibes. However, this season is far from Oregon giving up on the season. A big series against Oregon State presents an opportunity for Oregon to regain …