Oregon Coach George Horton decided in the offseason to challenge his team and schedule his former team Cal State Fullerton to the Ducks 2014 opening homestand. In a series that could have been talked about for issues with weather will likely have a different tone. Oregon was tested on Friday night in the series opener against the Titans and were shut down offensively. Now comes the likely storyline. How will this team that started the season so well respond to adversity?
Oregon Starter Tommy Thorpe gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings and the Ducks did not see a run cross home plate until the ninth inning. Cal State Fullerton Starter Thomas Eschelman was stellar going eight innings giving up two hits with seven Duck strikeouts. Following the game Junior Kyle Garlick summed it up, “We weren’t ourselves tonight. I didn’t feel right, didn’t feel like when we were at LMU (for three wins last week). We just need to come out tomorrow and be ourselves.”
Oregon will look to turn things around on Saturday with an intriguing matchup and debut for Freshman Matt Krook who has nineteen strikeouts and has given up just three walks. For those who don’t know Krook was drafted in the 2014 class for Major League Baseball and was the 35th pick by the Florida Marlins. He decided to go to Oregon over the Minor league.
First pitch Saturday is set for 2pm PT at PK Park. There is no television for this series but it can be heard on the radio on 1320AM in Eugene or online at GoDucks.com