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One thing I find rather amusing about College Baseball is that there are six different polls to go by, so when a team, like the Ducks, is ranked it is anywhere from 12 in one poll, 14 in another and 9 in another. So, how does one figure out where the team really does stand. I mean it’s not like it’s easy like the AP and Coaches Polls in Football. Two different barometers is fine, since they line up for the most part.
Enter the NCAA Rankings that came out on Wednesday. The Ducks are ranked #8 in the poll, with a record of 18-6 on the season. Oregon State is 3rd in the poll at 20-2. The ‘Baseball America’ poll has Oregon at #12 in the Country.
I have decided that I like the NCAA poll the best. Oregon is ranked 8th in the Country going into this weekend’s series with Washington at PK Park. Now that that is settled…..
Oregon(19-6, 5-1 Pac 12) welcomes in Pac 12 foe Washington this weekend. Due to Easter being on Sunday the three game series will run Thursday(6pm), Friday(6pm), Saturday(7pm, Pac 12 Networks) from PK Park in Eugene.
Washington is toward the bottom of the Pac 12 Standings at 6-16, (2-4 Pac 12) and will start Junior Righthander Nick Palewicz on Thurday, and fellow Junior Righthander Austin Voth on Friday, according to the Huskies website.
It looks like after a reset with Portland on Tuesday that Oregon will likely go with Jake Reed to start Game 1 of the Series. He had a solid outing last weekend against Arizona at PK Park. Offensively for Oregon it’s the usual suspects to keep an eye on, starting with First Baseman Ryon Healy who is having a solid start to the season. After Tuesday night’s game with Portland(a 5-1 Ducks win), Mitchell Tollman and Aaron Payne heated up at the plate.
Game 1 First pitch is set for 6pm Thursday at PK Park. We’ll have Live Coverage of the Game on Twitter @Autzen_Zoo
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