Where's the bar for Helfrich next season? I don't even want to talk record. I want to talk identity. I want edge. I want a team that has a personality, maybe even one that is feared. The Kelly-led Ducks went for it, surprised, shocked, kept coaches up at night and made fans afraid to use the restroom during offensive series for fear they'd miss something.
I want more of that....You?
■ Dale Newton has a few random thoughts as we edge closed to spring practice.
■ The baseball team dropped the conference opener to USC 3-2 last night at PK Park.
Tommy Thorpe (2-2) took the loss allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits in seven-plus innings. He fanned seven and walked one. Tolman and Shaun Chase led Oregon with two hits apiece, while Garlick went 1–for-4 with two RBI to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
The Ducks send freshman Matt Krook to the mound for game two of the series today at 2 p.m.