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Ducks travel to No. 21 Arizona

Mar 24, 2021

Series History - Arizona

  • Arizona leads the all-time series 26-15-1, as well as a 14-4 edge in games played in Tucson.
  • Since baseball returned for the 2009 season at Oregon, UA holds an 18-15 edge after sweeping the Ducks in 2019 in Tucson.
  • Of the five series played in Tucson since 2009, Oregon has won just one. UO won games one and three in the 2012 series.

Ducks in the polls

  • With three straight series wins, all against teams ranked in at least one poll, Oregon continues to climb in the rankings.
  • The Ducks are as high as No. 13 (Baseball America/Perfect game), while ranking in the top 16 in all six polls.
  • The Ducks also enter the Arizona series ranked No. 8 in the RPI with a 4-2 record vs. Q1 opponents.

Award winners

  • JR RHP Cullen Kafka earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors after a dominant performance against Arizona State on Saturday.
  • Kafka became the second straight Duck hurler to win the award, joining JR LHP Robert Ahlstrom who claimed the award after the OSU series.
  • Three weeks ago, JR DH Kenyon Yovan won numerous national weekly honors.

Series history vs. Arizona

  • Arizona leads the all-time series 26-15-1, as well as a 14-4 edge in games played in Tucson.
  • Since baseball returned for the 2009 season at Oregon, Arizona holds an 18-15 edge
  • Arizona swept the series the last time the two teams played in Tucson during the 2017 season.
  • Of the four series played in Tucson since 2009, Oregon has won just one. UO won games one and three in the 2012 series.

Oregon vs. ranked teams

  • Arizona enters the series ranked in the top 25 of all four of the six polls, including as high as No. 21 in the Baseball America poll.
  • Oregon is 64-80 against teams ranked in the Baseball America poll since 2009, including 6-1 this season.
  • Oregon's last game against a ranked team (Baseball America) was on March 14 when the Ducks dropped a 3-1 decision to Oregon State.
  • Oregon had won its previous seven games against teams ranked in the Baseball America poll before the OSU loss, dating back to a win on May 12, 2019 over No. 12 Oregon State in the final game of a three-game series.

Lovin' life on the road

  • Oregon hits the road for the third time this season, with all three series coming against ranked teams.
  • The Ducks swept a four-game series at No. 15 UC Santa Barbara March 5-7.
  • The next weekend the Ducks won two of three at No. 17 Oregon State allowing the Beavers to score just three runs with all of them coming in one innings.
  • Oregon is batting .280 on the road compared to .237 at home with nine of their 14 home runs coming away from home.
  • The Ducks pitching staff has combined for a 2.71 ERA on the road.

Road success vs. ranked teams

  • Oregon heads to Arizona looking for its third series win over a ranked team this season.
  • Road series wins have been hard to come by since baseball returned to Eugene before the 2009 season.
  • Oregon's road series wins vs. No. 15 UC Santa Barbara and No. 17 Oregon State earlier this season marked just the eighth and ninth times in modern history Oregon has won a road series over a ranked team.
  • Oregon is also looking for its third consecutive road series win over a ranked team, a feat the Ducks have only accomplished once (2012 - #5 UCLA, #6 Stanford, #11 Arizona) before.
  • The Ducks finished the 2012 season with four road series wins over ranked teams also winning at No. 17 Vanderbilt.

Ducks pitchers throwing up zeros

  • Oregon's pitching staff's put together a 24-inning scoreless streak, that started in the ninth inning of the March 7 win at UC Santa Barbara and ended when the Beavers scored in the fifth inning of Sunday's game
  • The streak was the fourth longest in Oregon modern era history.
  • The Ducks' had a 27-inning stretch in 2013 against Ohio State (23) and Gonzaga (4), a 25-inning streak in 2017 against Santa Clara (18) and California (7) and a 25-inning stretch in 2013 against Washington (23) and Arizona State (2).
  • Oregon's pitching staff has held its opponents to no runs in 62 of the last 71 innings played.

Leather works

  • Oregon heads to Arizona with the nation's best defense.
  • The Ducks boast a .995 fielding percentage and have committed just three errors in 552 chances.
  • The Ducks have put together streaks of 62 innings and 44 innings without committing an error, with a current 16-inning errorless streak.
  • The Ducks have done more than make just routine plays with a number of highlight plays coming from SS Josh Kasevich and CFs Robby Ashford and Bryce Boettcher.

Yovan stays hot after raking in awards following big UCSB series

  • After winning four national awards and one conference honor after the UCSB series, JR DH Kenyon Yovan continued to swing a hot bat against Oregon State, Arizona State and Portland.
  • The Ducks' DH has batted .417 (10-for-24) with two home runs, two doubles, four RBI and 10 runs scored in the seven games since the UCSB series.
  • Yovan batted .500 (6-for-12) with a home run, a .538 OBP and a .833 slugging percentage in Oregon's series win at OSU.
  • That came days after D1Baseball, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game both named Yovan a national player of the week following the UCSB series, while the NCBWA honored him as the hitter of the week and the Pac-12 Conference awarded him Player of the Week honors.
  • In the series opener at OSU, Yovan became the first Duck in the modern era to ever homer in four straight games when he hit a blast over the right-field wall.
  • Against UCSB, Yovan batted .467 (7-for-15) with four home runs and 11 RBI, while finishing the weekend with a blistering 1.267 slugging percentage and .591 on-base percentage.
  • After walking twice in five plate appearances in Friday's 7-6 win, Yovan led Oregon to a doubleheader sweep of the Gauchos on Saturday and extra-innings win on Sunday.
  • In the doubleheader, Yovan hit three home runs and drove in nine runs in the two wins while going 5-for-9 at the plate with three runs scored and a walk.
  • In game one on Saturday, Yovan drove in four of Oregon's five runs with a home run and a single in a 5-4 win.
  • With the Ducks trailing 4-0 in the top of the eighth, The Ducks' DH crushed a three-run homer to cut the Gauchos lead to one with Oregon eventually tying the game later in the inning. Then in the ninth, Yovan drove in the go-ahead run with a single to right field.
  • In the second game of the doubleheader, Yovan hit a pair of home runs and finished 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored with a walk in Oregon's 17-2 win.
  • He hit a two-run home run in the second inning, added a sacrifice fly in the fifth and hit another two-run bomb in the eighth.
  • He finished the day with a single and a run scored in the eighth inning.
  • Sunday, Yovan gave the Ducks an early lead hitting his fourth home run of the series in the first inning, a solo shot over the left-field fence.
  • He added a RBI single off the top of the left-field wall in the seventh to give Oregon a 3-1 lead.
  • UCSB had enough of Yovan after that, intentionally walking him in his final two bats, both times with two outs and nobody on base.
  • The final walk resulted in a run scored in Oregon's decisive five-run 10th inning.

Death, taxes and Aaron Zavala off to a fast start

  • It was not a surprise to see SO RF Aaron Zavala off to another fast start.
  • Through the first 15 games, Zavala is hitting a blistering .440 with two home runs and seven RBI.
  • He already has six multi-hit games heading into the Arizona series.
  • Zavala also got out of the gate fast in each of his first two seasons at Oregon.
  • exploded onto the collegiate scene as a freshman in 2019 with back-to-back three-hit games at Texas Tech to start his career.
  • In 2019, he became the first Oregon player in modern era program history to have four 3-hit games in a six-game stretch (Feb. 15-23).
  • hit .542 (13-for-24) in the month of February in 2019 with two doubles and four RBI.
  • The Ducks DH was batting .349 on March 16 that season and over .300 on March 22 before injuries plagued him eventually forcing the Keizer, Ore. native to miss a number of games.
  • He started fast again last season batting .418 with a Pac-12 leading 22 RBI with nine multi-RBI games and eight multi-hit games (four 3-hit ) in the 15-game season.
  • He had multiple hits in seven of the last 10 games, with three 3-hit games during that stretch.

Kafka gives Oregon back-to-back Pitcher of the Week honors

  • On Tuesday, JR RHP Cullen Kafka became the second Duck in as many weeks to earn Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
  • The Ducks Saturday starter, who was looking to even the series after Oregon lost game one, struck out a career-high 11 batters while allowing no runs.
  • He matched a career-high with seven innings pitched, with the ASU effort marking his first seven-inning stint in Pac-12 play.
  • After retiring the side in the first inning, Kafka pitched out of trouble in the second inning fanning two batters and enticing a weak groundout after ASU put runners on second and third with no outs.
  • It was clear sailing from there as only one runner advanced past first base with Kafka retiring the final 11 batters he faced.

Ahlstrom named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week

  • The Pac-12 Conference named JR LHP Robert Ahlstrom its Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after an impressive outing in a win over No. 17 Oregon State (3/12/21).
  • , who dominated from the first pitch against the Beavers, struck out a career-high 10 batters while allowing just three base runners in seven innings with none of them advancing past first base.
  • The Ducks' lefty gave up singles in both the first and second innings with one out, but retired the next two hitters in both innings. After the second hit, Ahlstrom retired the next eight batters (five on strikeouts) before giving up a leadoff single in the top bottom of the fifth. He fanned the next two Beavers before getting a ground out to end the inning.
  • At one point, Ahlstrom retired 17 of 18 Beavers including 10 on strikeouts. He fanned multiple hitters in four different innings and had four 1-2-3 innings.
  • is the first Oregon pitcher to claim the conference weekly honors since Kenyon Yovan earned the honor on April 30, 2018, and the 16th Oregon pitcher named Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week since 2009.

Big game Rob

  • JR LHP Robert Ahlstrom has been at his best in games vs. ranked teams during his three seasons in Eugene.
  • The Ducks' lefty has made five starts during his career against teams ranked in the top 25 and has been dominant.
  • In those five games, Ahlstrom has combined for a 1.78 ERA allowing just six earned runs on 25 hits in 30.1 innings with 37 strikeouts and just five walks.
  • In three of the five games, Ahlstrom has not allowed a run.
  • Against ranked opponents, he has set new career highs in strikeouts with eight against No. 10 Arizona State in 2019, nine against No. 1 UCLA in 2019 and 10 against Oregon State on March 12.

Walker named to NCBWA preseason All-America team

  • After an impressive shortened 2020 seasons, JR RHP Brett Walker caught the eye of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers who named him third-team preseason All-America.
  • finished the shortened season 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA while allowing just two runs on 13 hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 21.1 inning pitched.
  • He held opponents to a .176 batting average.
  • The Ducks' right-hander finished second in the Pac-12 Conference in strikeout-to-walk ratio (10-to-1), WHIP (0.66) and walks per nine innings (0.42) while ranking third in wins.
  • Nationally, Walker ranked 10th in walks per nine innings, 19th in WHIP and 31st in strikeout-to-walk ratio.
  • Walker is off to a strong start during the 2021 season posting a 2-1 record with a 3.48 ERA during his first for starts.
  • His best outing came at No. 15 UCSB where he shut down the Gauchos allowing just one run on seven hits in six innings.
  • He also got a crucial series-clinching win over Arizona State last Sunday where he allowed two runs in five innings.
  • took the loss in the Oregon State finale despite retiring the first 12 batters he faced.
  • He gave up all three of his runs in the fifth before leaving the game in the seventh.