Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the people of Boston in the Boston Marathon Tragedy. It’s tough writing a piece on Oregon Athletics without acknowledging that something horrific has happened. I feel that if I did not at least mention it I would be looked at as heartless for just drubbing on with sports coverage.
Quite a few Oregonians were in Boston for the Marathon and all of them are safe. We will get through this tragedy as we have gotten through many others as a nation. #BelieveinBoston
Oregon Baseball is Winning and Ducks are Being Rewarded
Oregon Baseball is now Ranked in the Top 10 according to Baseball America after a 1 game victory last week at Oregon State and a sweep of California at Berkeley over the weekend. The Ducks are 27-8(12-3 Pac 12) and sit behind Oregon State(28-6, 10-2 Pac 12).
The Ducks Offense was led this week by Pac 12 Player of the Week Scott Heineman. Oregon Sophomore Heineman batted .438 (7-for-16) with three doubles, three home runs, six RBI and five runs scored. The Ducks were solid on the pitching side as well this week.
Oregon Starting Pitcher Tommy Thorpe started the three game series at Cal(16-19, 5-10 Pac 12) striking out 7 in 7.1 innings and allowing 1 earned run. In Game 2, Freshman Cole Irvin picked up the win allowing four runs on seven hits in 5 innings. In the Finale on Sunday, SophomoreJake Reed notched the victory giving up one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Oregon Closer Jimmie Sherfy
It was also announced that Oregon Closer Sophomore Jimmie Sherfy was added the Diamond Sports 2013 Pitcher of the Year Watchlist. According to GoDucks.com, Sherfy is one of 41 players to make the initial list. The junior right-hander leads the Pac-12 Conference and is tied for third in the nation in saves with 11, while boasting a 2-0 record with a 1.11 ERA. He also ranks fourth in the country in active career saves.
The Ducks, on a five game winning streak, return home to PK Park this week and host UCLA for a three game set this weekend. Game 1 is Friday at 7pm, Game 2 Saturday at 7pm, and Game 3 is Sunday at 1pm. The first two games of the series will be on the Pac 12 Networks.Oregon Ducks This Week:Oregon Football: Spring Practice In Symmetry For Helfrich And Ducks As The NCAA Pops Up Again(Quotes) LinkedUp: We’re Talking About Oregon Football Practice, Potential NCAA Violations, And Duck BasketballOregon Baseball: Heineman The Hero In 9th As Ducks Land Pilots 4-1, Face UCLA At PK Park This Weekend