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Monday, February 29, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Elgin Cook scored 26 to lead Oregon over the Dawgs 86-73 at MKA last night.

What It Means: The Ducks (23-6, 12-4 Pac-12) remained in control of the race for the Pac-12 championship, needing one win next week in Los Angeles to clinch at least a share of the title. Oregon also extended its school-record home win streak to 25.

■ The softball team beat Oklahoma 7-0 in the final game at the Mary Nutter Classic yesterday.

■ The baseball team rebounded after their first loss to take down Illinois St. 3-1 at PK Park yesterday.

On Deck: The Ducks remain at home for their next series, against UC Santa Barbara beginning at PK Park on Friday at 6 p.m.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

The Oregon baseball team suffered their first lost of the season as Illinois St. won 3-2 yesterday at PK Park.

On Deck: The Ducks and Redbirds close out the series Sunday at noon, with UO lefty David Peterson (0-0, 1.80) slated to face right-hander David Meade (0-0, 13.50).

■ The softball team won twice yesterday at The Mary Nutter Classic, first against Fresno St. 9-0 then 8-7 against Missouri.

On Deck: Oregon has one more game in the Mary Nutter Classic today against Oklahoma State at 9am.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Duck baseball made it five straight wins to start the season as they beat Illinois St. 4-2 behind a career night by Cole Irvin.

Irvin (12 strikeouts) and [Stephen] Nogosek combined for 16 strikeouts, most by the Ducks since March 24 of last season at UC Riverside.

■ George Horton believes Cole Irvin is borderline dominant after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Irvin, rarely one to go out on a limb, hoped for more while admitting he felt strong.

"I don't feel like I'm completely as sharp as I will be late in the year, but I definitely felt like I was in control of the game, control of my emotions and definitely got after their hitters the best I could," he said.

■ The seventh-ranked Oregon softball team went 1-1 during the first day of play at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings wonders if Dakota Prukop (if he gets the starting QB job) will keep the Duck offense running like a well oiled machine.

Between the insane depth at running back and the weapons at wide receiver, the Ducks have playmakers all over the field. If the offense is potent enough, it could be similar to the years when Marcus Mariota was at the wheel -- the defense would need to make just enough stops so that the offense could outscore its opponents.

■ The No. 12 Oregon baseball team remained perfect on the young season by winning its home opener Thursday, 8-5 over Illinois State before 1,737 in PK Park.

Up Next: Junior left-hander Cole Irvin (0-0, 0.00) gets the start against lefty Jacob Hendren (0-1, 10.80) on today at 6 p.m.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

The Oregon men's basketball team beat WSU 76-62 last night at MKA.

Up Next: The Ducks wrap up their home schedule with senior night against Washington in Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday (5:30 p.m., ESPNU).

■ Rob Moseley reports second baseman Daniel Patzlaff is back on track after some tough love by the coaches.

Patzlaff’s disappointment with his performance as a freshman was matched by that of his coaches...

“The first day back on campus (for winter quarter in January), he wasn’t going to be starting,” UO assistant coach Mark Wasikowski said. “By the end of the preseason, we couldn’t not start him. He earned it.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Ted Miller says Oregon is in "great shape" when he looks at Pac-12 North receivers.

...Junior Darren Carrington came back from a suspension to earn second-team All-Pac-12 honors, ranking second on the team with 32 receptions for 609 yards -- a stout 19 yards per reception -- and six touchdowns. Senior Dwayne Stanford caught 30 passes for 463 yards -- 15.4 yards per catch -- and five scores. Speedster Devon Allen was not himself much of the year as he came back from a major knee injury, but he should return to form as a junior. Don't forget two-way star Charles Nelson, who could bolster this unit. There's also a strong crew of young players who will be in the mix. If tight end Pharaoh Brown returns from a serious leg injury to battle with Evan Baylis and Johnny Mundt for touches, the Ducks will be among the deepest crews of pass catchers in the country.

■ Oregon hosts WSU tonight at MKA and are looking for a complete game from start to finish.

With senior day looming Sunday, and a matchup with dangerous Washington, the Ducks faced questions this week about the potential of overlooking the Cougars. But with the Pac-12 race, a top NCAA Tournament seed and the goal of a 40-minute performance at stake, the UO men said Tuesday they’re eager to play Wednesday, and to play well.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

The Oregon basketball team moved up three spots to #13 in the latest AP poll.

The rise comes after the Ducks ended their two-game losing streak with a dominant Civil War win...


Monday, February 22, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ A.J. Balta homered in the eighth giving Oregon their first series sweep against SDSU 4-3 yesterday.

On Deck: The Ducks open play at PK Park for the first time this season when a four-game series against Illinois State begins Thursday at 6 p.m.

■ The Oregon softball team brought out the boom stick in 19-3 over Central Arkansas yesterday.

Up Next: The Ducks travel to Cathedral City, Calif., for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Oregon will face Nebraska and Cal State Northridge on Friday, Feb. 26, followed by Fresno State and Missouri on Feb. 27, and Oklahoma State on Feb. 28.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Oregon (basketball) handily won the Civil War matchup at Matt Knight Arena yesterday 91-81.

Oregon reclaimed a share of first place in the Pac-12 and evened the score in this year’s Civil War series.

Up Next: Oregon hosts Washington State in Matthew Knight Arena on Wednesday (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

■ The No. 6 Ducks (softball team) started the day off with host No. 7 Louisiana, falling 5-4, before rebounding with an 8-0 thrashing of Central Arkansas in six innings.

■ No. 14 Oregon (baseball) had seven extra-base hits including a pair of home runs to out slug San Diego State 10-5 in game two of a three-game series on Saturday at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

On Deck: Oregon and San Diego State (0-2) meet in finale of the three-game series on today. The Ducks send lefty David Peterson to the mound. SDSU will counter with left-hander Brett Seeburger.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Oregon baseball used a six run ninth inning to win the opener against SDSU 8-2.

On Deck: Oregon (1-0) and San Diego State meet in game two of the three-game series today. The Ducks send former first-round draft pick Matt Krook to the mound for his first appearance since April 5, 2014. SDSU will counter with right-hander Cody Thompson.

Andrew Nemec has five storylines to follow as the baseball season gets underway.

■ The softball team earned a split against ULL yesterday in Lafayette, LA.

John Canzano recently talked with George Horton and Matt Lubick on the Bald Faced Truth radio show.

■ Chantel Jennings has the Oregon offensive line in the "we'll see" category when reviewing the 2016 position groups for the Pac-12 North.

Dale Newton talks about what Brady Hoke brings to the Oregon defense.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Rob Moseley says the young infielders are ready to make an impact as the baseball season begins today.

The No. 14 Ducks begin their quest for an elusive College World Series berth when they take on the Sand Diego St. Aztecs in the opener of a three-game series today at 6 p.m.

■ Chantel Jennings sat down with Matt Lubick for a little Q&A session recently.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Andrew Bantly talks about the pitching rotation as the baseball season gets underway this week and Andrew Nemec talked with George Horton about the starting lineup.

Keep it Real is a behind the scenes documentary following Oregon softball's 2016 season.

■ Kevin Gemmell talks about the Pac-12 North running backs and highlights Royce Freeman.

With one of the best backs in the country in Royce Freeman, the Ducks are in great shape here. Last season Freeman carried 283 times for 1,836 yards, 17 touchdowns and a robust 6.5 yards per carry. Expect him to be in the hunt for the Doak Walker Award...


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Oregon starting pitcher Matt Krook is one of 50 players on the Golden Spikes Award watch list which was released by USA Baseball yesterday.

He claimed first-team freshman All-America honors following the 2014 season despite missing the final two months. He redshirted last year.

■ Andrew Bantly has a Q&A with pitching coach Mitch Karrake who is a former Oregon catcher.

■ Tyson Alger says it's Omaha or bust for the baseball team as he previews the upcoming season.

■ Chantel Jennings outlines the Oregon positions of strength and need in 2016 for the football team.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings talks defense with Brady Hoke and then looks at the Pac-12 North quarterbacks heading into the new season.

■ David Lombardi looks ahead to the Stanford at Oregon on Nov. 12.

The men's basketball team fell to #16 in the latest AP poll after losing two games last weekend.

■ Stephen Nogosek has been named to the watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award the NCBWA announced yesterday.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ The softball team completed (5-1 record) their trip to the Kajikawa Classic with wins over Northwestern (9-3) and Boston College (4-0).

UP NEXT: The Ducks will travel to Lafayette, La. next weekend where they’ll face Louisiana-Lafayette in a doubleheader on Friday. The first game is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Oregon lost to Stanford 76-72 yesterday at the Maple Pavilion.

UP NEXT: Oregon hosts the Civil War at MKA next Saturday.

■ The softball team won their first game yesterday against Maryland 7-2 but lost the second game against Kentucky 8-6 at the Kajijawa Classic in Tempe.

■ Max Thornberry previews the 2016 baseball season with less than a week until opening day.

All in all, the Ducks are poised to make a splash in the national discussion in 2016. Horton and the staff have set themselves up for success, fostering solid chemistry in the clubhouse and a competitive spirit on the field. Eugene is a football town now, but the diamond Ducks will have something to say about that.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

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■ The Duck softball team won their opener of the season against Cal Poly 12-3 and then won the second game of the day against Georgia St. 11-0.

UP NEXT: The Ducks will continue play at the Kajikawa Classic today. They’ll play Maryland first at 8:30 a.m. PT, followed by a 1:30 p.m. match-up with No. 17 Kentucky. Both games will take place at Farrington Stadium on the campus of Arizona State.

■ Jason Fowler shares his thoughts on the 2016 football signing class.

■ Chantel Jennings talks about Pac-12 football players who also run for the track team. Lot of Ducks on her list.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Baseball head coach George Horton will lead Team USA it was announced yesterday.

USA Baseball announced the 2016 Collegiate National Team coaching staff on Thursday, including the naming of current University of Oregon head coach, George Horton, as Manager.  Horton will take charge of the Collegiate National Team for the first time in his career after serving as an assistant coach in 2012.

■ Andrew Bantly previews the baseball season where there are high expectations.

■ Oregon has their six game win streak snapped at Cal last night 83-63.

Brady Hoke talks about the new 4-3 defense he brings to the team.

■ Ted Miller previews the Pac-12 spring football practices where Oregon is mentioned several times.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Rob Moseley has a Q&A with new defensive coordinator Brady Hoke.

Chantel Jennings looks at the in-state players, verbal commitments and early enrollees for the class of 2016.

■ Tyson Alger wonders if the Ducks can break Cal's home win streak today.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Tyson Alger wonders if the men's basketball team can make the final four and Rob Moseley notes the team is looking to maintain their focus.

A pair of the network's (ESPN) college basketball analysts are high on the Ducks. Like, really high. 

"This team is a team that can get to the Final Four," Jay Williams said.

Then, Seth Greenberg went on to pick Oregon, along with Maryland, Oklahoma and Michigan State to make his Final Four.

■ Chantel Jennings wonders if the football team has the most to prove this year and then talks about graduate transfer Dakota Prukop.

■ The incoming recruits for the football team are excited to get to know Brady Hoke and his defense and the Ducks signed graduate transfer OL Zac Morgan.

■ David Lombardi talks about the Pac-12 power ranking now that signing day is over.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ The Duck basketball team rose to #11 in the latest AP poll.

After beating Colorado and Utah this week, the Ducks moved up five spots to No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 rankings, released Monday morning.

■ David Lombardi has the Oregon vs WSU game as #7 in his Pac-12 most compelling football games for 2016.

■ Rob Moseley says with the baseball season approaching the Ducks have options in the field.

“We’re kind of testing the water to see what our options are,” UO coach George Horton said. “Having guys that are flexible, versatile, enhances your chance to try to get a very confident defensive team on the field, and get close to having your nine best offensive players out there.”


Monday, February 08, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Oregon beat Utah 76-66 for their sixth straight win yesterday at MKA.

Led by conference player of the year candidate Dillon Brooks, the Ducks (20-4, 9-2) extended their six-point halftime lead to as much as 16 and completed a season sweep of the Utes.

■ Gar Pearson takes a closer look at Oregon closing pitcher Stephen Nogosek.


Sunday, February 07, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Rob Moseley previews the basketball game later today against Utah.

“They need a win, we need a win,” UO sophomore Casey Benson said. “It’s going to be a tough game. We’ve just got to come out with the same kind of energy, the same kind of intensity — continue to do what we’ve been doing.”

Andrew Greif and Tyson Alger talk about the 2016 signing class as we wait for spring practice.


Saturday, February 06, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ Rob Moseley announced that running back Thomas Tyner is taking a medical retirement after missing the entire 2015 season and John Canzano talks about his meeting with Tyner before he entered the Oregon program.


Friday, February 05, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Oregon took down Colorado 76-56 last night at Matt Knight Arena.

The Ducks (19-4, 8-2) maintained their one-game lead in the Pac-12 standings by avenging one of their two conference losses, Jan. 17 at Colorado.

Mark Helfrich talked about the QB situation yesterday at the signing day press conference,

■ The Oregon baseball team is picked to place fourth in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll released yesterday.

The Ducks open their season Friday, Feb. 19, at San Diego State. Oregon first home game at PK Park is on Thursday, Feb. 25, against Illinois State in the first of seven straight home games.


Thursday, February 04, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Oregon football announced their 2016 signing class yesterday and several new recruits are already hard at work.

■ The basketball team is listening to head coach Dana Altman's advice of "keep it simple" when calling plays.

Cheridan Hawkins and Jenna Lilley have both been named to the USA Softball player of the year watch list, the organization announced on yesterday.

■ Max Thornberry looks at the run producers for the baseball team as the season gets closer.

With so many opportunities and an offense that is hungry to prove that Oregon is as dangerous at the plate as on the mound, it’s only a matter of time before they start to receive the attention they believe they deserve.


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Andrew Nemec has the Oregon national signing day tracker available for today's latest updates.

■ Oregon basketball player Dillon Brooks was honored yesterday by a few other organizations for his performance last week.

■ Two more Oregon pitchers were named preseason all-americans yesterday.


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team rose seven spots to #16 in the latest AP poll after sweeping the Arizona schools and Dillon Brooks was named the Pac-12 player of the week.

■ Max Thornberry says the road to Omaha is littered with Ducks.


Monday, February 01, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ Oregon beat Arizona St. 91-71 to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 last night in Tempe.

Chris Boucher scored a career-high 26 points, Dillon Brooks added 18 points and Tyler Dorsey 16 for the Ducks (18-4, 7-2), who won their fourth straight and seventh in the last eight games.

UP NEXT: Oregon hosts Colorado Thursday night.