The Oregon Baseball team continues a roller coaster season and return home to PK Park following what some would consider a lackluster road trip losing key Pac-12 Series against Stanford and Washington. The Ducks were able to pick up one victory from each three game series the past two weeks. The Ducks in the process lost a Starter for an undisclosed amount of time when Saturday Pitcher Freshman Matt Krook left the game this past weekend with arm stiffness. He is having an MRI today. The Ducks are already without the services of Cole Irvin following Tommy John Surgery before the season even began.
This past weekend the Ducks had the opportunity to earn a share of first place in the Pac-12 Conference playing the Washington Cougars, but on Saturday and Sunday found themselves unable to capitalize in key situations. Saturday they had runners in scoring position in the ninth inning and were unable to get a run in a 1-0 loss. On Sunday Starter Jeff Gold shut down the Huskies in six of the eight innings he pitched, but Closer Jake Reed loaded the bases in a tight game and was relieved by Senior Darrell Hunter who gave up a triple scoring two runs in the 5-4 Washington win in 10 innings.
Sometimes things go your way, and right now Oregon seems to be in a small rut. It will be easier to get out of as the games this week at home are against Non Pac-12 opponents in Portland and UC Riverside. Oregon would also be better off to hear some good news concerning their Saturday Starter Krook. The Ducks, according to Baseball America are now 25th in the nation and just hanging on in this week’s poll. Wins this week could reverse the last few weeks. Oregon now stands at 22-10(7-5 Pac-12). Next week the Ducks will host Washington State before heading to Corvallis in a Civil War Series with Oregon State.
This week Oregon is home against Portland on Tuesday(6pm), Wednesday(3pm), and host UC Riverside Friday(6pm), Saturday(2pm), and Sunday(12 Noon).