It seems that the Oregon Softball team and Oregon Baseball team are taking different approaches to the post season. Oregon Softball is headed to Oklahoma City following sweeps of Wisconsin and Minnesota at Howe Field in Eugene the last two weeks. Baseball on the other hand ended the season losers of two of their last three games.
The Oregon Baseball team has had their fair share of ups and downs this season, from losing two starting pitchers, one in Cole Irvin before the season began to Tommy John Surgery, and the other, Freshman Matt Krook just past the midway point. All in all the Oregon Ducks have had a successful season and along the way strung together some solid winning streaks, most recently of nine games, and five games. The team has also hit several milestones this year for Head Coach George Horton, including his 700th Division I Victory, and his 200th win as Oregon Head Coach. Several players have also reached for the milestone mark.
Oregon Starting Pitcher Jeff Gold started the season with a 9-0 record and can achieve a spot at the top of a prestigious list with a win in post season. He will be the winning-est pitcher in an Oregon Ducks uniform. The Oregon Ducks Offense should be happy that a new season begins this week.
Oregon Catcher Shawn Chase has paced the Oregon Ducks and has numerous multi home run games over the past month. Kyle Garlick and Mitchell Tolman have come through in the clutch and A.J. Balta has proven he can pinch hit with the best of them this season. The Oregon Ducks will hit the road for the post season and start in Nashville, Tennessee
Oregon will take on Clemson on Friday(10am PT). Other teams in Nashville include Xavier and Vanderbilt. It is the fourth time in five years that George Horton’s team has made it to post season play.