Oregon baseball head coach George Horton speaks with the media at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on January, 21, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Preview: Oregon readies for 2016 season with high expectations

A season ago, the Ducks finished sixth in the Pac-12 with a 16-14 conference record, 38-25 overall and an early exit at the NCAA Regional Tournament. Last Wednesday, the season objective was revealed immediately: “We are going to Omaha,” junior starting pitcher Cole Irvin said to media. “I want to …

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Oregon left-handed pitcher Matt Krook (21) pitches the ball during the top of the first inning. The Oregon Ducks host the Ohio State Buckeyes at PK Park on March 8, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Stephen Nogosek and Matt Krook earn NCBWA preseason All-American honors

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) named starting pitcher Matt Krook and closer Stephen Nogosek to preseason All-America teams, according to a press release Tuesday. Nogosek earned second-team honors after he went 6-3 with a 2.02 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 58.0 innings as Oregon’s set-up man in 2015. This year, he’ll …

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Oregon left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin (19) throws a curve ball. The Oregon Ducks play the University of Washington Huskies at PK Park on Friday, April 24, 2015. (Eve Hess/Emerald).
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Cole Irvin guarantees Oregon baseball will make College World Series

Redshirt junior pitcher Cole Irvin said with certainty the Ducks will make it to the College World Series in 2016, something they haven’t done in the seven seasons since the baseball program’s reinstatement. “We are going to Omaha this year,” Irvin said. “I want to make that statement clear.” Since 2009, …

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George Horton is stunned after the Pilots score 2 runs. The Oregon Ducks are upset by Portland 4-6 PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on March 31, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Jacoby: George Horton’s urgency to make deep postseason run greater now than ever

Should Oregon baseball fail to advance to a Super Regional in 2016, its season would be considered a disappointment, and manager George Horton, who has yet to reach a College World Series in seven seasons at Oregon, could find himself coaching for his job in 2017. Horton was an attractive hire when the …

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Oregon baseball played the St. John's Red Storm Friday March 6 at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon. (Andrew Bantly/Emerald)
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Mitch Karraker named Oregon baseball’s pitching coach

Mitch Karraker has been named the new Oregon baseball pitching coach, head coach George Horton announced Tuesday afternoon via a news release. Karraker’s promotion comes after Dean Stiles departed Eugene to become the pitching coach at Florida International. Karraker was a catcher for Oregon from 2009 to 2011. After 2011, he …

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Oregon baseball played the St. John's Red Storm Friday March 6 at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon. (Andrew Bantly/Emerald)
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Oregon baseball ranked No. 14 in preseason poll

Oregon will enter the 2016 season ranked No. 14 in the preseason poll D1Baseball released Tuesday. The Ducks also ranked No. 14 in the Collegiate Baseball poll released last month. The Ducks finished the 2015 season with a 38-25 record and snuck into the NCAA Tournament with two wins over No. 2 UCLA …

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The Ducks salute the American flag before a game at PK Park. (Kenny Jacoby/Emerald)
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Oregon to take on Alabama, Notre Dame in 2016 baseball season

Coming off a season that fell short of high expectations, Oregon baseball will have at least 56 chances to redeem itself in 2016. On Tuesday the team announced its schedule for the upcoming season, which features 27 home games and 24 games against teams that also qualified for the NCAA Tournament …

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Gary Van Tol, the Eugene Emeralds manager. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Eugene Emeralds manager Gary Van Tol remembers former players who appeared in this year’s MLB Playoffs

This year, the Chicago Cubs won 97 regular games and reached the National League Championship Series, due in large part to the contributions of their two rookie sensations, third baseman Kris Bryant and catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber. Gary Van Tol, the manager of the Cubs’ Class A Short Season team, the …

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Oregon's mascot Puddles doing 6 push-ups after Oregon's first touchdown in the first quarter.The No. 13 Oregon Ducks face No. 18 Utah in Eugene, Oregon on September 26, 2015. (Kyle Sandler/Emerald)
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Where is home field advantage greatest in Oregon athletics?

Oregon is not only a feared opponent in athletics; its venues are also some of the most formidable to play in. Here’s a look at what home field advantage means for Ducks sports teams: Autzen Stadium Since 2002, the Oregon football team’s average margin of victory has been just over 15 points …

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Oregon pitcher Cole Irvin (19) whips the ball at home plate during the top of the second inning. The Oregon Ducks play the New Mexico State Aggies at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on February 19, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Fall preview: Oregon baseball retools with 18 new players this fall

Since the Oregon baseball program was reinstated in 2009, the Ducks have qualified for an NCAA Regional tournament five times, including each of the past four seasons. Only once have they advanced to a Super Regional, and never have they reached the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Last year, …

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Oregon baseball head coach George Horton speaks with the media at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on January, 21, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Oregon baseball’s 2015 recruiting class ranks in Collegiate Baseball’s top 10

Head coach George Horton and the Oregon baseball team has an elite incoming recruiting class for the 2016 season. It’s a class that Collegiate Baseball deemed the eighth-best in the nation. Of the 17 ballplayers awaiting their PK Park debut this spring, the class is highlighted by infielders Travis Moniot and Matt Kroon, a 34-round and …

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Video: Oregon baseball begins fall practice

Oregon baseball has added 18 new players to its roster. Expect a new focus and energy on the team, led by returning pitcher Cole Irvin. Follow Samuel Marshall on Twitter @samwow55

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Eugene Emeralds eliminated from playoff contention after season-ending sweep

The Eugene Emeralds will not be playoff contenders in 2015. An RBI-sacrifice fly in the lone at bat by Hillsboro’s Gerard Hernandez in the eighth inning provided the Hops a 3-2 lead the Emeralds could not overcome. Eugene’s Alberto Mineo led off the ninth inning with a walk and reached second base …

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Eugene Emeralds defeat Hillsboro Hops, move into first in final regular season home game

The Eugene Emeralds went 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position in two losses to the Hillsboro Hops on Friday and Saturday. They committed unforced errors and scored just one combined run in the losses. Saturday’s loss tied the Emeralds and Hops atop the second-half Northwest League South standings. Emeralds manager Gary Van …

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Gary Van Tol, manager of the Eugene Emeralds. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Eugene Emeralds lose opener of critical series against Hillsboro Hops

The Eugene Emeralds saw a glimpse of playoff-level atmosphere in a 3-1 loss to the Hillsboro Hops on Friday. The Emeralds made it look easy winning four of five against Spokane. Friday, however, was a different story. “This is what the playoffs are going to be like against a good ball …

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The Eugene Emeralds sporting flannel and denim uniforms against the Spokane Indians on "Portlandia Night" August 27, 2015. (Samuel Marshall)
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Photos: Eugene Emeralds wear wacky uniforms in win over Spokane Indians

The Eugene Emeralds took on the Spokane Indians Thursday night, donning unusual uniforms that paid tribute to Portland’s unique style. With their 2-1 victory over Spokane, the Em’s ride a 4-game winning streak.                 Follow Samuel Marshall on Twitter @samwow55

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A Eugene Emeralds baserunner trots home against the Spokane Indians on August 26, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Photos: Eugene Emeralds win third straight game

The Eugene Emeralds defeated the Spokane Indians 4-1 Wednesday night. The Ems scored three runs in the 5th inning, capitalizing off the Indians’ mistakes.     Follow Samuel Marshall on Instagram: @samwowmar

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Eugene Emeralds lose second straight in extra innings

The Eugene Emeralds returned to PK Park on Sunday following a tough loss in extra innings against Salem-Keizer the night prior. But for the second consecutive night, the Emeralds lost in extra innings, this time 4-3 in 11 hard-fought innings against the Spokane Indians. “We can’t afford to have too …

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Emeralds left-handed pitcher Kyle Twomey preserved the team's no-hitter in his three innings pitched on Sunday. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Four pitchers contribute to no-hitter in Emeralds victory against Everett

Three outs separated the Eugene Emeralds from a no-hitter in Sunday’s contest against the Everett AquaSox. Three pitchers had maintained a no-hitter over eight innings and now, in the bottom of the ninth, Emeralds reliever Trey Masek was being called upon to close out the game and preserve the rare feat. …

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Emeralds can’t comeback from early deficit, lose third straight to Everett AquaSox

For the seventh time in eight games this season, the Eugene Emeralds lost to the Everett AquaSox. The Emeralds threatened to rally on Friday in a 6-3 defeatz, but couldn’t surmount the deficit over the final three innings. The Emeralds (8-8 in the 2nd half) lost four of five against Everett (10-6) to start the …

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Gary Van Tol, manager for the Eugene Emeralds. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Emeralds manager Gary Van Tol traveled the world and landed in Eugene

Having coached in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system for eight years, Eugene Emeralds manager Gary Van Tol frequently sees players come and go. Van Tol gets to promote a lot of players, but also must release a fair number from the organization. “Sometimes guys have been with you for just one or two seasons, and you have …

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Frandy De La Rosa bunts against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on August 7, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Three errors cost Eugene Emeralds in loss to Everett AquaSox

The Eugene Emeralds broke out offensively and swept the Boise Hawks on the road in three games, ending Tuesday. They looked to carry that momentum into the first match-up of their five-game home stand with the Everett AquaSox. “You get 22 hits and 15 runs the night before and you do everything you can …

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Eugene Emeralds sweep Boise Hawks and move into first place of Northwest League South

The Eugene Emeralds took down the Boise Hawks in three straight road games, culminating with a 22-hit performance in their 15-8 win Tuesday night. The series sweep propelled Eugene (8-5) to the top of the Northwest League South and kept Boise (3-10) at the bottom. Having won four straight, the Emeralds sit …

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Eugene Emeralds need just one run in victory over Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

All it took was one run. Alberto Mineo led off the bottom of the second inning with a triple to centerfield and then came around to score on an Adonis Paula single. Mineo crossing the plate was the only time the Emeralds — or the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes — would score …

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A Salem-Keizer player hops over Ian Rice of the Eugene Emeralds on August 7, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Photos: Salem-Keizer Volcanoes defeat the Eugene Emeralds 9-2

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes pulled away with seven runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Eugene Emeralds. Read the game recap by Kenny Jacoby here. The Emeralds finish their three-game series with the Volcanoes, Saturday, August 7 at 7:05 pm.

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Frandy De La Rosa sprints to first base against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on August 7, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Eugene Emeralds fall apart late in blowout loss to Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

The Eugene Emeralds extended their losing streak to four games after a 9-2 loss to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Friday night at PK Park. The Eugene bullpen gave up seven runs in the decisive eighth inning. “It got out of hand in a hurry,” Emeralds manager Gary Van Tol said. Van …

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A Salem-Keizer player hops over Ian Rice of the Eugene Emeralds on August 7, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Eugene Emeralds start busy stretch of schedule with loss to Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

The Eugene Emeralds dropped game one of a three-game series with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 3-2, Thursday night at PK Park. “It was a playoff type of game,” Emeralds manager Gary Van Tol said. “This is a team we’re going to have to beat to get that playoff spot in the …

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Oregon football players run onto the field for the start of a home game at Autzen Stadium. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Pac-12 football media days begin this week

– The 2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. with conference commissioner Larry Scott’s press conference.  Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich will answer questions Friday at 12:25 p.m., and running back Royce Freeman and linebacker Rodney Hardrick will follow at 12:38 p.m. The two-day event be held …

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Emeralds drop fifth straight series in loss to Boise

The day after it appeared to turn a corner, the Eugene Emeralds once again looked like the team in weeks prior that struggled so mightily on offense. The Emeralds were shut out for only the third time this season in a 5-1 loss to the Boise Hawks Tuesday at PK Park. Emeralds …

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Photos: Eugene Emeralds take down Boise Hawks, 9-5

The Eugene Emeralds took on the Boise Hawks at home to start off the second half of their season. The Em’s came out victorious, 9-5. Read the game article here.                

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