While everything across town is hitting on all cylinders with the Oregon Softball team, the story heading into post season play is different for the Oregon Baseball team. The Cal Bears will not be playing in the post season in 2014, but they played like it at PK Park over the weekend. Oregon was able to muster one win while picking up eleven hits in the three game series. The Cal Bears dominated Oregon pitching picking up twenty five hits over twenty seven innings and taking two of three from the Oregon Ducks. The chances of Oregon hosting a regional series is now gone as they await their post season destination.
Oregon Saturday Starter Jeff Gold is part of the reason having given up six runs on Saturday night, a night that could have belonged to him. He had the chance to become the all time winningest pitcher for the Oregon Ducks. The Senior will have one more chance to claim the honor, perhaps more. On Sunday the team rallied, but it was not enough in a 5-3 regular season finale loss.
Brando Tessar started for the Oregon Ducks and did not last very long. He was pulled after just two innings. Over his last seven innings on the mound, the Senior has given up ten earned runs. Not a good place to be heading into post season play. Oregon Head Coach George Horton will have some decisions to make concering his third starter for the NCAA Tournament.
For the series with the California Golden Bears it was not their pitching that did Oregon in, it was a dominant rotation of Cal on the mound. The Bears out hit the Ducks and Oregon could not find the ball. Sometimes the game of baseball throws you a curve, but when your entering a new season it is not the time to go cold. Fortunately for the Oregon Ducks overcoming adversity has been a theme this season with the loss of two starting pitchers, one before the season began. Oregon also had nine and six game winning streaks over the last month and a half. They will look to build another one, but likely on the road.
Oregon will find out their post season destination on Monday morning at 9am with the NCAA Selection Show. The National Seeds will be announced on Sunday night, but with two losses to Cal they probably won’t hear their names called early.