Oregon pitcher Stephen Nogosek (30) throws the ball. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on March 20, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Golden Spikes nominee Stephen Nogosek brings toughness, intensity to role as Oregon closer

Oregon’s baseball season hasn’t gone as planned. Despite a preseason ranking as high as No. 12 by Perfect Game, the Ducks have put together their worst overall record (29-23) since 2009, and will likely miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. Closer Stephen Nogosek, however, has modeled …

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Oregon pitcher Matt Mercer (11) throws a pitch. The Oregon Ducks face the Arizona Wildcats at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on May 22, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon eliminated from Pac-12 title race after falling 5-4 to Arizona in series finale

Oregon uncorked a furious comeback effort Sunday afternoon, but came up just short in a do-or-die situation. The Ducks needed a win — and a lot of help from other Pac-12 teams — to keep their chances at winning a conference title intact, but suffered a 5-4 loss to the Arizona Wildcats at PK …

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Oregon pitcher David Peterson (3) throws the ball during the fourth inning. The Oregon Ducks face the Arizona Wildcats at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on May 21, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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David Peterson leads Oregon to 4-2 victory over Arizona

Oregon baseball kept its postseason hopes alive with a 4-2 victory over Arizona Saturday at PK Park. Oregon jumped out to an early lead on a safety squeeze. In the second, Nick Catalano doubled to left field and advanced to third on a Tim Susnara single. With runners on first and …

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Oregon keeps postseason hopes alive with shutout win over Arizona

The Oregon Ducks kept their postseason hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over Arizona Friday at PK Park. Starting pitcher Cole Irvin kept the Wildcats off balance with an effective mix of fastballs and change-ups. He threw 7.1 innings, allowed four hits and struck out six en route to his sixth win of …

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The Oregon baseball team claps after Oregon Baseball Head Coach George Horton received his commemorative jersey for reaching 1000 wins as a coach. The Oregon Ducks play the Portland Pilots at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on May 17, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon will likely need to win conference title to keep its season alive

Oregon baseball unleashed its most proficient offensive performance of the season Monday evening with a 15-4 beatdown over University of Portland at PK Park. For a team that is fighting for its playoff life, the offensive outburst was a positive sign and could serve as momentum to carry Oregon through …

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Oregon tops Oregon State 6-3 to win Civil War series in Corvallis

Oregon and Oregon State have both struggled through sub-par seasons this spring, and each team is making a late effort to sneak into the postseason. The Ducks helped their cause Sunday afternoon with a 6-3 win over the Beavers in Corvallis to clinch their first series win at Goss Stadium since 1981. …

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Horton earns 1,000th career win after Oregon downs Oregon State, 7-4

Cole Irvin allowed just two runs in seven innings and Oregon’s bats came alive in the fifth and sixth inning to help give the Ducks a 7-4 win Friday night over Oregon State. And the victory proved to have short and long term significance. It was the first time since Oregon …

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Oregon avoids sweep, beats Arizona State 12-2

Oregon baseball’s bats exploded Sunday, and the Ducks avoided a sweep at Arizona State with a 12-2 win. Five players had multi-hit games, and thanks to a bases-loaded, two-run double in the top of the first from Austin Grebeck, Oregon never trailed. The lead had stretched to 5-0 by the …

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Ducks blow three-run lead, fall to Sun Devils 9-8

For the second game in a row, Oregon fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils on the last play of the night. Jordan Aboites drove home Ryan Lillard with a two-out, walk-off single off Oregon pitcher Brac Warren in the bottom of the ninth to clinch a 9-7 win for …

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Oregon pitcher Matt Krook (13) throws the ball. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on March 17, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Matt Krook bumped in starting rotation after tumultuous return from injury

Starting pitcher Matt Krook was expected to dominate in his return to Oregon baseball in 2016, following a freshman All-American season and successful Tommy John surgery. He was one of 50 players named to the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, given to the best amateur baseball player in the …

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Oregon gets nonconference win over San Diego in Hillsboro

Freshman left-handed pitcher Cole Stringer allowed two runs over seven-plus innings, en route to the Ducks’ 5-2 win over San Diego in Hillsboro Monday. The Toreros mustered just seven hits and two walks against Stringer, who earned his second win in six days; he threw two scoreless innings in Oregon’s 7-6 win …

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Cole Irvin (19) pitches for the Ducks. The Oregon Ducks face the USC Trojans at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on Friday, April 16. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Cole Irvin tosses shutout, strikes out 13 in Oregon’s win over Washington State

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Oregon held an 8-0 lead over the Washington State Cougars and Ducks’ starter Cole Irvin was one out away from his third career shutout. With one runner on, Oregon head coach George Horton took a mound visit to check on his star …

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Oregon outfielder Austin Grebeck (22) runs home. The Oregon Ducks host the No. 18 Oregon State Beavers at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on April 27, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Ducks survive late scare, beat Oregon State 7-6

Days after UCLA swept them in Los Angeles, the Ducks redeemed themselves with a win over Oregon State at PK Park Wednesday night. Oregon got off to a blistering start, scoring seven runs in the second inning, but slowed down and nearly allowed to Beavers to catch up. Oregon State totaled five runs …

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UCLA beats Oregon 13-1 to complete three-game sweep

Oregon’s season appeared to have turned the corner after it took two out of three against conference leader Cal and swept USC at home. Then the Ducks ran into UCLA. The Bruins (19-18, 9-9 Pac-12) completed a three-game sweep of the Ducks (17-16, 7-8 Pac-12) in Los Angeles with a 13-1 victory Saturday that …

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Oregon’s pitching struggles continue in loss to UCLA

For the second consecutive game, Oregon’s Matt Krook struggled on the mound. This time the Ducks were not able to recover. Oregon saw its five-game win streak end Thursday evening with a 6-3 loss to the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles. It was the Ducks’ first conference loss since April 8. The …

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Oregon outfielder Austin Grebeck (22) runs to third. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on March 17, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Austin Grebeck leads Oregon’s offense to winning streak

For the majority of this season, Oregon center fielder Austin Grebeck has carried the Ducks’ offense. Oregon has plenty of power bats littered throughout its lineup — A.J. Balta is tied for second in the conference in home runs, and Kyle Kasser and Jake Bennett are each hitting over .300 in …

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Oregon pitcher Kyle Robeniol (18) throws the ball to Oregon catcher Tim Susnara (6) to force out an Oregon State player. The Oregon Ducks play the No. 22 Oregon State Beavers at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on April 18, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon falls 11-10 in bizarre Civil War nonconference matchup

A season-high 2,902 fans attended PK Park Monday in hopes of seeing Oregon continue its red-hot streak against rival Oregon State. Instead, they saw a bizarre slug fest that ended with the Ducks coming up just short in a tenacious comeback attempt. Oregon fell 11-10 in a single-game nonconference matchup with the …

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Oregon outfielder Austin Grebeck (22) hits the ball. The Oregon Ducks host the USC Trojans at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on April 17, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon’s season is back on track after sweep of USC

Two weeks ago, Oregon looked lost at the plate. Its season appeared to be in jeopardy. The Ducks had lost five of their last seven games and were coming off an ugly 12-2 loss to open a home series against California on April 8. In that game, Oregon starter Cole Irvin gave up 10 runs …

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Travis Moniot (2) raises his helmet just before touching home plate.  The Oregon Ducks face the USC Trojans at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on Friday, April 16. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Seven-run inning helps Oregon muscle past USC, 12-8, in series clinching win

It wasn’t the ideal start Cole Irvin was hoping for, especially considering the circumstances. A week after giving up nine earned runs on 15 hits in a 12-2 loss to Cal, the left-hander put Oregon in an early hole after USC muscled three runs on four hits, including a two-run home run off …

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Oregon pitcher Matt Krook (13) pitches the ball. The Oregon Ducks face the USC Trojans at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on Friday, April 15. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Clutch plays from freshmen Travis Moniot and Jake Bennett lead Oregon to 4-3 win over USC

Before USC faced Oregon Friday, 16 of the Trojans’ 32 games this season were decided by a single run. They were 8-8 in those games. Now, they have a losing record in one-run games. The Oregon Ducks (15-12, 5-5 Pac-12) emerged victorious, 4-3, in a back-and-forth battle with USC Friday at …

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Oregon catch Tim Susnara (6) bunts the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the No. 9 Cal Golden Bears at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on April 8, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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The Ducks are moving away from ‘small ball,’ but is the approach working?

Oregon baseball manager George Horton’s teams have embraced “small ball” throughout his long and prosperous coaching career. But in his 19th season as head coach, he and his coaching staff made the decision to move away from that strategy. “It’s an intentional thing — we’re not trying to sacrifice as …

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