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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Different night same result as Oregon lost to UCLA 1-0 last yesterday at PK Park.

Cole Irvin (7-2), who allowed an unearned run in the top of the first inning, scattered six hits while striking out three and walking just one. The freshman lefty pitched his second complete game of the season but the Ducks stranded eight runners in the shutout.

The Ducks and Bruins will wrap up their three-game series today at 12 p.m. at PK Park. Oregon will try and avoid the sweep sending Jake Reed (4-3) the mound. The Bruins counter with Grant Watson (5-2).

Joel Gunderson believes the NFL draft next week will help usher in a new era at Oregon.

The 2012 senior class – led by Dion Jordan, Kenjon Barner, Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay – will forever be remembered as the most successful class to ever break a huddle in Autzen.  (The huddle, of course, applies to the defensive players only).  Their postseason tally included four BCS games, with two BCS wins.  They were winner of three conference titles, and endless memories.  There was a title game and snooze-fest blowouts.  They embodied efficiency and tenacity.  They provided a blueprint for success.

With the loss of those young men, as well as the force behind their success in Chip Kelly, it truly is the beginning of a new era for Oregon, with so much still to gain and yet so much to lose.  A national title is still the ultimate goal, but this feels like something different.  Sure, that goal is still attainable.  With the talent Oregon has, nothing is out of the question.  These pieces of the Kelly era are moving onto bigger things, and one can’t help but wonder where the program heads from here.

GO DUCKS!

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