Harber Set to Start in Series Opener Against Arizona State


George Horton has had a rough week with his Oregon Ducks. After starting the season with fourteen wins and two losses and rising into the top ten of the the polls, the Ducks have lost four of their last five, including a homestand against San Francisco last week where they could not get their bats going. The team then started the Pac-12 season on the road losing two of three games at Cal. Oregon now returns home to host Arizona State for the first time since 2012. The Sun Devils are 12-6 on the season and 2-1 in the Pac-12 Conference this season.

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Oregon will start one of their toughest stretches of the season playing fourteen games in just nineteen days starting with the Sundevils this weekend. Oregon saw one of their most versatile players end a starting streak of one-hundred twenty-eight games. Second Baseman Mitchell Tolman saw his streak end on Saturday after he appeared to be injured on Friday night after taking a ball off his knee. Oregon lost the game Saturday. He returned to the lineup on Sunday for the finale against Cal.

Through twenty games this season, Matt Euriste leads the team with a .300 average with twenty-four hits and thirteen runs in eighty at bats. Jack Karraker leads the pitching staff with a 1.29 ERA and 1-1 record, but the most impressive pitcher this season has been Conner Harber. He is 3-0 with a 2.88 ERA and is throwing in relief of Starter Cole Irvin, who is coming off Tommy John Surgery from last season. Harber has thrown twenty-five innings in five appearances and given up just thirteen hits. In that span he had a scoreless inning streak run of nineteen innings through three of those starts this season. Harber will get the start on Friday with Irvin starting the finale on Sunday.

Oregon and Arizona State will start their three game series at PK Park on Friday starting at 6pm Pacific Time. Game two is set for Saturday at 2pm and the series finale on Sunday at 12pm.