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It’s official: Ducks are in

Nick Cot The entire future of the Oregon baseball team changed in a moment. One second, the Ducks were a bunch of guys sitting at The Cooler Bar and Grill, staring up at an enormous projection showing the 2010 NCAA baseball tournament selection show. The next second they were a …

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Ducks are loose, ready for playoffs

It rained in Eugene on Tuesday. Yes, this is akin to saying the sky is blue, but it was significant on Tuesday for another reason. The baseball team and pretty much every other spring sports team practiced inside at the Moshofsky Center. The partition net was down, splitting the field …

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One-run repeat

Ivar Vong Four straight games, four straight losses to the Oregon State Beavers, all by one run. In the fifth and final installment of the 2010 Civil War, Oregon State (29-21) outhit, outpitched and outplayed the Oregon Ducks (37-20) for a 2-1 victory. Unlike the three games in Corvallis three …

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Seal the deal

Jack Hunter It’s playoff time in college baseball, and with one weekend left until the NCAA selection committee makes their picks for the 2010 tournament, the Oregon Ducks are hoping for one more strong series to cement their case for a bid. “Control the controllables,” head coach George Horton said. …

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Grinder grows to be great

Ivar Vong Eddie Rodriguez stood on the turf field at PK Park surrounded by reporters and cameras on a brilliantly sunny day on May 16. He was just finishing up answering a question about the game (a 17-7 Oregon win against East Tennessee State) when teammate Danny Pulfer snuck up …

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Ducks triumph over Huskies

Ivar Vong The No. 22 Oregon Ducks improved their chances of making the postseason with a 2-1 series win over the Washington Huskies over the weekend in Seattle. After dropping the opener on Friday, Oregon (37-19 overall, 12-12 Pacific-10 Conference) responded with two straight wins, and the Huskies finish their …

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Quick stop at short

Ivar Vong Last Friday, infielder Danny Pulfer started at shortstop, and usual first baseman Jack Marder moved over to second base. This was all because starting shortstop KC Serna was suspended for the series for breaking team rules. This arrangement lasted all of just a couple of innings in the …

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Bubble-bound Ducks to face underachieving Huskies

With seven games left to go in the 2010 baseball season, it’s make-or-break time for the Oregon Ducks. Tied for sixth in the conference with Arizona, Oregon (35-18) is on the bubble to make it to the postseason, and the team looks at this weekend’s series with the Washington Huskies …

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Ducks use small-ball to defeat Pilots

Ivar Vong The losing streak is finally over. The Oregon baseball team (35-18) defeated the Portland Pilots (31-17) 4-2 Tuesday night, to end a four-game losing streak to the Pilots that extended back to last year. Led by two-hit performances from KC Serna, Shawn Peterson and Steven Packard, Oregon continued …

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Everything is cyclical

Ivar Vong Catcher Eddie Rodriguez stepped to the plate in the eighth inning with two outs, needing a home run to hit for the cycle. And with a 2-2 count, East Tennessee State pitcher Drew Story delivered a high and outside fastball that Rodriguez deposited onto the other side of …

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Ducks want to finish strong, starting with Buccaneers

Ivar Vong May is the last full month of regular season baseball at the collegiate level. For most teams, that means 15 to 20 games (Oregon plays 18), and in that time a team can either make or break its bid for a playoff spot in the NCAA tournament. So …

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Hitting adjustments pay quick dividends

Ivar Vong Oregon’s bats finally awoke on Tuesday with runners in scoring position. The Duck offense, which stranded 28 runners on base during the Oregon State series over the weekend, exploded for 13 runs on 13 hits against San Diego. Add in seven extra base hits, and it seems to …

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Ducks fix batting woes with 13-run outburst

Jack Hunter With the ugly specter of the Oregon State series sweep hanging over the heads of No. 22 Oregon, Tuesday’s game against No. 19 San Diego was a critical game for the Ducks to erase the weekend from their minds as they won 13-4. It didn’t take long for …

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Eight-game Torero win streak snapped

The San Diego baseball team entered PK Park Tuesday on an absolute tear. The Toreros, ranked No. 19 in the nation by Baseball America, entered their first and only game of the season against the Ducks having won 16 of their past 18 games, including eight straight. San Diego (31-17 …

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Beavers bring brooms to ballpark

Ivar Vong Head coach George Horton watched as the ball sailed off the bat of Oregon State left fielder Rob Folsom into center field and over the head of Jett Hart. Horton stared from the bottom step of the dugout as third baseman Stefen Romero raced home from second, scoring …

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Ducks look to hand Beavers fifth consecutive series defeat

Jack Hunter It’s been a rough four weeks or so for the Oregon State baseball team. After spending the first nine weeks of the season in the top 25, a slide of unheard-of proportions in Corvallis has left the team near the bottom of the conference. The Beavers have lost …

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Freshman flogs Ducks

Jack Hunter In the ninth inning with one out of Tuesday night’s game, catcher Eddie Rodriguez blasted a home run to center field, just to the left of the batter’s eye wall that stands behind the 400 foot marker. The cheers from the sparse crowd that remained followed him around …

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Ducks take fourth consecutive series

Nick Cote Before Sunday’s game with the Washington State Cougars, the Oregon Ducks looked a little out of sync. They had won 6-0 the day before behind a one-hitter from starter Justin LaTempa, but head coach George Horton didn’t like the way his team took batting practice or fielding practice. …

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Trying to keep momentum

Jack Hunter It’s been a pretty good couple of weeks for the Oregon baseball team. On April 16, the Ducks took two of three games from No. 1 UCLA for their second straight conference series win. That was followed by a complete pasting of Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., where the …

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Piazzisi’s power propels Oregon to victory

Jack Hunter In round one of the baseball Civil War, the No. 17 Oregon Ducks jumped out to an early lead, and rode it to their 28th victory of the season. Behind strong pitching performances from Joey Housey and Madison Boer, the Ducks (28-13) pounded the Beavers (21-14) for 11 …

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Miscues cost Oregon State the game

Jack Hunter If an outsider were to have watched yesterday’s matchup between No. 17 Oregon and Oregon State, they likely would have guessed that it was the Ducks, and not the Beavers, who won back-to-back College World Series from 2006-07. Oregon looked that good against its in-state rival, pounding out …

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Keeping up with the Pac

Jack Hunter Oregon’s offense took a break on Saturday, but in the end the No. 18 Ducks won another Pacific-10 Conference series. Two big hitting days sandwiched an extra inning loss, as Oregon (27-13 overall, 8-7 Pac-10 Conference) kept pace in the conference playoff race. The scores were 12-2 Friday, …

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A full head of steam

Ivar Vong When asked at Thursday’s practice whether the recent stretch of games has been the best baseball he’s seen of the year, Oregon head coach George Horton was quick to answer. “Yeah,” he said. “It’s been a fun ride or fun train.” Right now, the Ducks (25-12) are rolling. …

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Big game offensively propels Oregon

The Oregon Ducks baseball team swept the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a historic way Wednesday afternoon, scoring 19 runs, accumulating 25 hits, and hitting four home runs in a 19-10 win. The 25 hits ties an all-time record for the program, as the Oregon offense exploded against the Bulldogs. Seventeen different …

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Serna’s big game leads Ducks to road win

The No. 18 Oregon Duck baseball team continued its winning ways, especially out of conference, by beating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 7-2 in Spokane, Wash. Tuesday night. The game was the first of two. Oregon (24-12) jumped out early on Gonzaga (13-23-1), scoring two runs in the first inning. Gonzaga scored …

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Something Bruin in L.A.

Jack Hunter The Oregon Ducks baseball team continues to turn heads. Just two weeks removed from ending No. 1 Arizona State’s undefeated streak, then beating No. 22 Stanford two games out of three, the Ducks (23-12 overall, 6-6 Pacific-10 Conference) have done it again. This time in winning a series …

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Battling No.1 again

Ivar Vong In the life of a Pacific-10 Conference baseball team, it’s never a dull weekend. Two weeks ago, Oregon played the No. 1 Arizona State Sun Devils. Last week, the Ducks traveled to Stanford, Calif., to play No. 22 Stanford. Now this week, Oregon (21-11 overall, 4-5 Pac-10 Conference), …

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Tough schedule continues for Ducks

Ivar Vong The baseball team is a week removed since starting its series with the No. 1 Arizona State Sun Devils, but players are still talking about the lessons learned from those pivotal games. They came back to practice Monday with a refreshed mindset, confident for this weekend’s series with …

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ASU can’t handle the rain

Jack Hunter It may not seem like it, but Oregon’s series with No. 1 Arizona State this weekend was a success. It’s not often a 2-1 series loss is a positive, but the 19-10 Oregon Ducks baseball team took the 25-1 Arizona State Sun Devils to the brink, handing them …

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Talented frosh Marder is ‘made out of the right cloth’

Kevin Minderhout Jack Marder stepped to the plate at Jerry Kindall Field in Tucson, Ariz., with two outs, two runners on, and Oregon down 8-6. The freshman, always a cool customer, didn’t get flustered, even has he fell down 1-2, hitting a line drive foul. Then Wildcat pitcher Nick Cunningham …

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