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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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Oregon infielder Daniel Patzlaff (26) hits the ball. The Oregon Ducks host the No. 9 California Bears at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on April 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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11-5 win over Pac-12 leader Cal may be ‘defining moment’ in Oregon’s season

An onslaught of crushed gappers and perfectly-placed bloop hits supplied the Ducks with six runs in the fifth inning, a lead they did not give back against Cal Sunday at PK Park. Despite a late surge from the Bears, Oregon added insurance runs in the sixth and went on to take the game, and …

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Matt Krook stymies California’s hot bats as Oregon evens series with 4-3 win

Based on preseason predictions, the three-game set between Oregon baseball and California expected to be a tightly contested tilt with potential conference title implications included. Cal was picked to finish third in the Pac-12, and Oregon followed right behind at fourth. The two were both in the top 20 of many …

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Oregon pitcher Cole Irvin (19) fumbles the ball on the ground while trying to throw it to first. The Oregon Ducks play the No. 9 Cal Golden Bears at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on April 8, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon gives up record 21 hits in blowout loss to Cal

The No. 9 California Golden Bears hit safely 21 times Friday at PK Park, marking the most hits Oregon has given up to an opponent since the baseball program’s reinstatement in 2009. Starting pitcher Cole Irvin threw the majority of his pitches for strikes, but Cal came out swinging early and often. By the sixth …

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Tim Susnara (6) is safe at second. The Oregon Ducks hosted the Portland Pilots on April 6, 2016 at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon picks up momentum with blowout win over Portland

Oregon head coach George Horton has said repeatedly that his struggling Ducks have been looking for “a spark” at the plate. The Ducks picked up a 10-1 win over the University of Portland Pilots Wednesday evening to end a three-game skid. Although a non-conference victory may not bust the Ducks entirely out …

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Oregon infielder Kyle Kasser (1) dives back to third base. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on March 17, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Undersized Kyle Kasser goes from overlooked to Oregon’s best hitter

Oregon second baseman Kyle Kasser has flown under the radar for much of his baseball career. At 5-foot-10, 176 pounds, he is routinely one of the smallest players on the diamond. But since getting an opportunity to start, he has been the Ducks’ most reliable hitter. On March 19 against Utah, …

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Oregon drops series opener versus Michigan State, Saturday’s game canceled

Oregon’s struggles have continued in the midwest this week. The team dropped its sole game against Notre Dame Thursday, before falling, 3-2, to Michigan State on Friday in the series opener. Jordan Zimmerman’s solo home run in the 10th inning broke a 2-2 tie and secured the Spartans a series opening win. Cole …

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Freshman pitchers can’t hold off Notre Dame in 6-3 loss

The Oregon Ducks (11-10, 2-4 Pac-12) lost 6-3 to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-10, 4-5 ACC) at Frank Eck Stadium in Indiana Thursday. The loss is their eighth of their last 11 games. In his first start and since the season-opener, Oregon freshman starting pitcher Isaiah Carranza lasted just …

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Oregon infielder Kyle Kasser (1) dives back to third base. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on March 17, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Midway through season, Oregon hitters still searching for a ‘little spark’

When manager George Horton addressed the media at practice on March 16, Oregon men’s basketball was about to begin its historic Elite Eight run in the NCAA Tournament. The baseball team, meanwhile, had just been swept in three games by Mississippi State. “You guys just want to talk about our basketball team, right?” Horton …

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Oregon's Steven Packard (29) swings at 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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Oregon’s bats fall flat in 2-0 loss to Utah

Oregon baseball’s bats fell flat again, and despite David Peterson allowing just one run in six innings, Utah defeated the Ducks, 2-0, Sunday. The result marked the second consecutive series loss for the Ducks and is shining an even brighter light on the Ducks’ weaknesses at the plate. “That was five …

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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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Kyle Kasser, Austin Grebeck deliver timely hits in 9-5 win over Utah

Playing nine innings is a struggle for any team whose offense isn’t scoring and the defense isn’t making plays. In their last four games — all of which they lost — the Oregon Ducks (9-6) scraped together just 10 runs on 22 hits, committed five errors and doled out 21 free passes to first base. There …

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Wild pitches and pass balls bite Oregon in conference-opening loss to Utah

Pass balls and wild pitches have been nagging issues for the Ducks all year, and those issues came back to bite them Friday night. Oregon dropped its Pac-12 opener 4-1 to Utah at PK Park. The deciding factor in the game proved to be Oregon’s inability to keep the ball in front of …

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The Oregon Ducks meet on the mound. The No. 11 Oregon Ducks face the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at PK Park in Eugene, Ore. on March 5, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon hopes for “fresh start” heading into Pac-12 play

A superstitious practice of male athletes — particularly baseball players — is to shave one’s beard when on-field performance begins to worsen. Following a three-game sweep at the hands of Mississippi State last weekend, starting pitcher Matt Krook and multiple other Ducks got rid of their facial hair. “It’s kind of a ‘fresh start’ deal,” …

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