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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Chantel Jennings looks at Oregon's "toughest stretch" as we inch closer to football season.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

The softball team played their last game of the year yesterday losing to UCLA twice, in both games the final was 2-1.

It was a great season Lady Ducks.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ Janelle Lindvall hit two home runs that powered No. 5 Oregon to an 8-1 victory over No. 14 UCLA before 2,517 fans in Jane Sanders Stadium yesterday.

UCLA will need to win today at 4 p.m. to keep the Ducks from clinching their third straight trip to the Women’s College World Series.

■ The baseball team lost to Stanford 2-1 to finish their season.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ The baseball team lost game 2 of the series against Stanford 4-2.

On deck: The Ducks and Cardinal will wrap up the three-game series at 1 p.m. today. Oregon will send Matt Mercer (2-1, 4.28) to the mound, while Stanford will counter with Chris Castellanos (7-2, 3.63).

■ Tyson Alger looks at the upcoming softball Super Regional between the Ducks and UCLA.

"It's a good matchup. The two best teams in the Pac-12. We know each other. There's no secrets," [Mike] White said. "This should be a knock down, drag 'em out series." The first game starts later today.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■  Koral Costa and Cheridan Hawkins have each been named academic All-Americans as was announced yesterday.

■ The baseball team dropped the opener against Stanford 2-1 yesterday.

On deck: The Ducks and Cardinal will meet in game two of the series at 7 p.m. on tonight. Oregon will send David Peterson (3-4, 3.50) to the mound, while Stanford will counter with Tristan Beck (5-5, 2.70).

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ ESPN wonders if freshman WR Tristen Wallace will make an impact for the Ducks this year and Chantel Jennings says Dakota Prukop is focused on working smarter and harder.

■ Kenny Jacoby says Oregon pitcher Stephen Nogosek brings toughness and intensity to his role as the Oregon closer.

Nogosek said he doesn’t think about the looming draft and impressing the scouts, though. He just goes about his business and does what he can to help his team.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ John Canzano talked with Pat Forde recently about the football program.

■ Danny Moran wonders if the baseball team will continue their streak of making the playoffs as the regular season winds down.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Kevin Gemmell believes Royce Freeman will likely run for over a 1K yards this season. Pretty good bet I'd say.

Give to Freeman. Rinse, repeat. He might not do as many things as McCaffrey. But what he does do -- which is being a pure running back -- he does extremely well. The first half of the season features some very good and some very bad rush defenses. But 1,000 yards should come sooner than later.

■ The baseball team got past St. Mary's 2-1 behind strong pitching yesterday in the final home game of the season.

On Deck: The Ducks will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to wrap up the regular season with a three-game Pac-12 series against Stanford from Thursday to Saturday. Thursday and Friday’s game will both begin at 7 p.m., and Saturday’s game will start at 1 p.m. All three games will be on Pac-12 Networks.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

The lady Ducks beat Baylor 8-1 to advance to the Super Regionals next weekend against UCLA at home and Tyson Alger looks ahead to next weekend.

The baseball team lost against Arizona 5-4 yesterday when their comeback bid fell just short.

On Deck: The Ducks host Saint Mary’s on Monday at 6 p.m. at PK Park for their final home game of the season before traveling to Stanford to close out the regular season with three Pac-12 games against the Cardinal. LHP Matt Krook (4-3, 5.55) will take the mound for the Ducks Monday.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Cheridan Hawkins tossed a one-hit shutout of Baylor in a 6-0 victory for the No. 5 Ducks at Jane Sanders Stadium yesterday. Regional finals are later today with Oregon's opponent to be announced.

■ The baseball team clinched the series against Arizona 4-2 and will go for the sweep later today.

On Deck: Oregon will go for the series sweep of Arizona at noon on Sunday at PK Park on Pac-12 Networks. The Ducks will send freshman right-hander Matt Mercer (2-0, 4.55) to the mound.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

■ John Canzano talked with mulit-talented Charles Nelson recently on his radio show about the upcoming season.

■ The softball team opened regionals by run-ruling Fordham 8-0 in five innings last night.

Up Next: The Ducks face Baylor later this afternoon.

■ Cole Irvin and Stephen Nogosek combined on a 3-0 shutout over Arizona at PK Park yesterday.

Up Next: The Ducks will send David Peterson (3-4, 3.50) to the mound on Saturday against the Wildcats at 4 p.m. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

Tyson Alger reviews the special teams unit now that spring practice is over.

■ The softball team cleaned up on the Pac-12 awards for the season.

The Oregon softball team claimed four of the Pac-12's five postseason individual awards as the conference announced its all-league choices Thursday.

The baseball team enters the series with Arizona in a must-win situation as the season winds down.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

Rob Moseley has the spring review of the defensive backs and Tyson Alger looks at the LB's.

DB's: The biggest lingering question may be where Juwaan Williams fits. He played himself into a starting role at midseason last fall, only to be injured and lost for the season. He was a spectator in April, but based on the way Neal spoke of his development in 2015, Williams figures to be a factor in the rotation come fall. We’ll also get an idea of just how close Lovette is to being the next freshman starter at cornerback for Oregon.

LB's: "We're going to bring a little heat, which is fun," is how Oregon middle linebacker Danny Mattingly described the change to the defense, and his position. Mattingly is just one of many guys competing for the three starting linebacker positions"...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

Rob Moseley reviews the linebackers heading into the new season.

Who to watch in August: There’s a lot to sort out for Don Pellum, who is back focusing on this position group after two years juggling his time as coordinator as well. Ragin made a consistently strong case in April for playing time, but from the sideline it was hard to conclude that anybody else made a definitive push for a starting job. That should make for a very interesting month of preseason camp, as the jockeying for reps continues. The linebackers all have a chance to take what they learned in April and apply it to their summer workouts. Perhaps come August, a clear pecking order will have emerged.

GoDucks.com has a good series that follows the softball team through the 2016 season as they prepare for the playoffs which start Friday.

The baseball team won the game against Portland that was stopped due to weather earlier this year 6-1 and then went on to win again 15-4 in the second game.

On Deck: Oregon hosts Arizona this weekend in a crucial Pac-12 series, with the Ducks just three games behind first-place Utah. Game one is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday and will be aired on Pac-12 Networks.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

Rob Moseley has a spring review of the D-line.

Who to watch in August: The month of spring drills provided a jumping off point for Hoke’s evaluation of his new personnel in the new scheme. So it wouldn’t be surprising to see significant movement come fall, as he makes adjustments based on the film from April. In particular, there are some intriguing, highly athletic prospects in Kaumatule, Jelks and George who could prove useful as situational players, if they don’t win starting jobs outright. Also worth watching will be Hoke’s duties come August. He’s professed a desire to coach a position group once he settles in with the Ducks, and taking over the ends or tackles seems like a potential fit.

Chantel Jennings says Royce Freeman is the most indispensable member of the football team and then looks at the receivers.

Tyson Alger says Travis Jonsen is pushing Dakota Prukop for the starting QB job.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

■ The baseball team won the Civil War series 6-3 yesterday behind a gutty performance by closer Stephen Nogosek.

On Deck: The Ducks host Portland at PK Park on Tuesday, and will finish their halted game with the Pilots from April 13 before playing their regularly scheduled game. Oregon leads the halted game, 3-1, heading into the top of the ninth inning, and that game will be resumed at 5:30 p.m.

■ The softball team was named the No. 5 overall seed in the NCAA championships and will host Baylor, Long Beach State and Fordham in the Eugene regional starting Friday at Jane Sanders Stadium.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ The baseball team dropped game 2 of the Civil War 6-3 while the softball team clinched the series win against Utah 3-2 to end the regular season.

On Deck: The Ducks and Beavers beavtrash will face off in the rubber match of the three-game Civil War series on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be aired on Pac-12 Networks.

Up Next: The Ducks will likely host a three-day NCAA regional this weekend at Jane Sanders Stadium, starting either Thursday or Friday. Oregon will find out which three teams it will host during the selection show with game times announced after.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

The baseball team won the first of a three game Civil War road trip yesterday 7-4 and it was George Horton's 1,000 career victory.

On deck: The two teams will meet in game two of the Civil War series on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

The softball team lost just their eighth game of the year to Utah yesterday 3-2.

Up Next: Oregon and Utah meet for the rubber game of the three-game series at 2 PM on Saturday. The Ducks will honor their eight seniors prior to first pitch.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Position reviews continue now that spring practice has ended. Today we have Rob Moseley and the O-line; Tyson Alger comments on the WR's and David Lombardi looks at the running backs.

The softball team clinched their fourth straight Pac-12 title by beating Utah 5-1 last night at Jane Sanders Stadium.

UP NEXT: The Ducks will look to win the series on Friday with a 7 PM first pitch on Pac-12 Networks.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Duck Stuff: Thursday Edition

■ Position group reviews continue. Today we have, the receivers/tight ends; defensive backs; defensive line and John Canzano talks with Royce Freeman about the running game.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ It's that time of year so see what the writers think about our position groups now that spring practice has wrapped up. Rob Moseley and Tyson Alger looks at the running backs; David Lombardi talks about the QB's and then looks at the D-line.

The baseball team lost the series and the game to Gonzaga last night 5-4. (but the Yanks won!)

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ Rob Moseley has a spring review of the QB's while Kevin Gemmell reviews the Pac-12 North OL unit.

Moseley: Who to watch in August: Play between [Dakota] Prukop and [Travis] Jonsen was close enough throughout the month that coaches will hold off on naming a starter until sometime in preseason camp. Either way, they figure to be the top two on the depth chart...

GemmellWe’re upgrading the Ducks from the “We’ll see” category from the pre-spring ranking because while all the specific positions might not be in place, the players are there...

Oregon fell to Gonzaga 9-7 at PK Park yesterday.

On Deck: The Ducks will try for a split of the two-game series  at 6 p.m. later today at PK Park. Oregon will send freshman left-hander Cole Stringer (2-0, 3.21) to the hill, while Gonzaga will counter with right-hander Gage Burland (0-1, 6.87).

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Monday, May 09, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

The bats came alive in a 12-2 win over ASU to avoid the sweep.

On Deck: The Ducks return home to finish a set of five games in five days with two games against Gonzaga at PK Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. on both Monday and Tuesday.

■ The No. 3 ranked Oregon softball team defeated California, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon to win a fourth straight series against the Bears.

Up Next: The Ducks return home to Jane Sanders Stadium to host Utah for their final regular season series of the year. The three-game set starts Thursday on Pac-12 Networks.

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

■ It wasn't a good day for our Ducks on the diamond as the baseball team lost to ASU 9-8, the softball team dropped a game to Cal 15-4 but the Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-2 which is always a plus.

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

Duck Stuff: Saturday Edition

The lady Ducks won their 14th straight on the softball field taking down Cal 15-2.

Up next: Game two of the series will get underway at 4 p.m. tomorrow. The game will be shown live on the Pac-12 Network.

■ The baseball team dropped the first game of the series against ASU 5-4 in extra innings.

On deck: Oregon and Arizona State will play game two of their three-game series today at 6:30 p.m. David Peterson (3-3, 3.08) will pitch for the Ducks, while Eli Lingos (3-2, 3.02) will throw for the Sun Devils.

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Friday, May 06, 2016

Duck Stuff: Friday Edition

■ Jarrid Denney says Brady Hoke's defensive scheme has  Oregon headed in the right direction.

“The biggest adjustment is instead of waiting and reacting to offensive linemen, it’s attacking first,” Henry Mondeaux said. “Pushing the line of scrimmage back is the biggest thing.”

■ John Canzano talked with Andrew Nemec about recruiting recently on his radio show.

■ Kenny Jacoby says pitcher Matt Krook has been bumped from the starting rotation.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Duck Stuff: Wednesday Edition

■ Charles Fisher says important questions were answered after analyzing the Spring Game.

"The Ducks did not have all of their weapons displayed on offense and were hampered by the scant set of plays allowed during this glorified scrimmage. However, the defense was also handicapped by the inability to use its full arsenal of weapons. Further, the defensive starters were stretched out among the two squads, and they are still in the early stages of learning an entirely new scheme. Yet I am beyond encouraged – I am excited..."

The softball team beat Utah Valley in a double header at Jane Sanders Stadium yesterday 7-0 and 19-0.

UP NEXT: The Ducks will look to clinch a fourth consecutive Pac-12 title this weekend with a three-game series at Cal. If Oregon sweeps the series, the Ducks will win the conference crown. The series starts Friday with the Pac-12 Network picking up the games on Saturday and Sunday only.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Duck Stuff: Tuesday Edition

■ The baseball team beat San Diego 5-2 in a nonconference game at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro yesterday.

Up Next: The Ducks play their first of six straight conference road games at Arizona State on Friday.

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Duck Stuff: Monday Edition

Chantel Jennings talks about the unlikely return of Pharoah Brown to the Spring Game.

He has had his first play and his first catch back on his long road. Now he’s just waiting on that first touchdown. And based off everything he has shown and done, that might not be too far off, either.

■ Oregon scored six runs on five hits in the bottom of the eighth inning to come back and beat Washington State, 11-7, and win the three-game Pac-12 Conference series in the rubber match on Sunday at PK Park.

On Deck: Oregon will travel to Hillsboro, Ore. this afternoon to face San Diego in a nonconference match-up at Ron Tonkin Field. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

■ The softball team completed the sweep of Arizona with a 8-0 win yesterday.

Up Next: The Ducks host Utah Valley in a doubleheader Tuesday at 4 p.m., before resuming Pac-12 play Friday at California.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Duck Stuff: Sunday Edition

Rob Moseley has a recap of the Spring Game and talks about the QB battle, Pharoah Brown's return and the stellar play of freshman receiver Dillon Mitchell.

QB Battle Continues: Coaches declined to name a starting quarterback for the 2016 season prior to and following the Spring Game, and there wasn’t an obvious gap between Prukop and Jonsen on Saturday.

Mark Helfrich and Dakota Prukop talk to the media after the game plus there are video highlights.

■ The softball team shutout Arizona 7-0 to clinch the series and go for the sweep this afternoon.

■ Cole Irvin shutout WSU 8-0 as the Ducks tied the series 1-1 with the rubber match coming up this afternoon at PK Park.

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