The Oregon Ducks(45-14)for the second year in a row is a National Seed, which means baseball at PK Park for this weekend and the first ‘official’ round. There are some teams coming to Eugene from a distance.
Rice is the most interesting team of the three coming to face the Ducks. They also have the most post season experience of the teams(19 appearances) to the Ducks(5 appearances). Rice enters PK Park this weekend ranked at #20, Oregon #9.
This round is a doub;e elimination – so if you lose two games, your out.
See if you can follow along…Friday’s First Game has Rice facing of against San Francisco at 2pm PT. Following Game 1, Oregon faces San Francisco in Game 2 at 6pm PT. The losers on Friday face of first on Saturday at 2pm, followed by the winners at 6pm. Sunday at 4pm it’s the Game 4/5 Winners at 4pm PT and Monday a Game 7 at 4pm if there is anyone left to play that has two losses.
Now some interesting stats heading into the weekend. Oregon has never faced South Dakota State or Rice in the baseball field. The Ducks are more familiar with San Francisco having played and beaten them four times since the program was reinstated.
Coach Horton will be coaching in his 14th Regional this weekend. He is 35-13 in his previous 13 regionals. He has won 8 of them to advance to the Super Regional round. Oregon is also closing in on the school record for Wins. They have a chance to tie that record on Friday night against South Dakota State, a victory on Saturday breaks it.
Oregon takes on South Dakota State on Friday at 6pm PT. In case you missed the report from earlier this month, ESPN is featuring coverage of ALL College World Series action this year for the first time on ESPN3.com
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