It is always nice to come home after a successful road trip. Oregon Baseball managed a few shutouts and went 4-0 on their opening series of the season, a roadtrip to Hawaii and are ranked as high as 5th in some early polls this week. First Baseman Ryon Healy after the first three games was hitting .668. After the fourth and final game his hitting percentage dropped to .533. For the series he had a home run, four RBI’s and three doubles. The Pac 12 took notice and named Healy the Player of the Week, only the eighth time in program history a POW has come from the Ducks.
Oregon pitchers had solid outings in Honolulu. There was a scare when Starting Pitcher Jeff Gold took a comebacker off his ankle 4 2/3 innings into the final game of the series. He will be ok. Head Coach George Horton said in his Press Conference on Wednesday that it was just a bruise and he shouldn’t miss his next start.
The Ducks used eleven pitchers that combined had a 2.50 ERA. The group allowed just 33 hits in 36 innings, while striking out 25. Oregon’s four starters allowed just four runs in 22.2 innings pitched (1.99 ERA) on 21 hits. Not bad for a team that had to deal with a breezy, trade wind filled outfield for four games.
The Daily Emerald caught up with Coach George Horton and Senior J.J. Altobelli to talk about the four game sweep in Hawaii.
Oregon returns home this weekend to face Loyola Marymount in a three game set, followed by a single game vs the Portland Pilots. Game 1 is set for 6pm on Friday, Game 2 Saturday at 2pm, Game 3 Sunday at Noon. The Ducks then face Portland on Tuesday at 6pm before hitting the road for a three game set at Cal State Fullerton(Coach Horton’s former team) next weekend. All games this week are available on the Pac 12 Live Stream.
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Justin Phillips is Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW in Eugene, Oregon.