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Ducks open Pac-12 play at No. 2 Stanford

Mar 9, 2022

Series History - Stanford

  • Oregon and Stanford have met 60 times in the history of the programs with the Cardinal holding a 40-20 edge.
  • Thirty-six of those games have been played since 2009 with Stanford holding a 15-21 advantage in those games.
  • The Ducks won 13 of the first 20 in the modern era, but Stanford has won 14 of the last 16.
  • Stanford leads the series at home 17-7, with wins in the last six games.
  • Stanford won last season's series 2-1, with a clinching 8-5 win in 12 innings in the finale.
  • The first two games of the series in 2021 were both decided by one run.
  • Thirteen of the 36 games in the modern era have been decided by one run.

Ducks in Pac-12 openers

  • Oregon hits the road for a Pac-12 opening series for the eighth time in the 14 years since baseball returned to Eugene.
  • The Ducks have opened conference play with series wins four times -- at USC in 2013, vs. USC in 2014, at California in 2017 and vs. Arizona State last season.
  • Oregon has never opened league play vs. Stanford.

Raking at the yard

  • Oregon's offense heads into the weekend with some impressive numbers.
  • The Ducks lead the Pac-12 in home runs (20), RBI (114), hits (153), runs (122) and slugging percentage (.548), while ranking second in batting average (.339).
  • Nationally, the Ducks are in the top 10 in runs, hits and average.

Ducks in Pac-12 opening series

  • In the 13 years since baseball returned to Oregon, the Ducks have won four Pac-12 Conference series openers.
  • Seven of the series have been played on the road, four in Eugene and one split between home and a neutral site (last two games vs. Oregon State were played in Portland in 2009).
  • Oregon did not play a conference series in 2020 with COVID-19 ending the season prior to what was going to be a conference-opening series at No. 4 UCLA.
  • The Ducks opened the Pac-12 season with wins at USC in 2013, vs. USC in 2014, at California in 2017 and vs. Arizona State in 2021.
  • The Ducks have gone 2-1 four times, 1-2 five times and 0-3 two times.
  • This year marks the first time Oregon has opened Pac-12 Conference play against Stanford.

Ducks vs. ranked opponents

  • Oregon will face its first ranked opponent of the season this weekend when it travels to play No. 2 Stanford.
  • Since the program returned in 2009, Oregon is 70-84 vs. opponents ranked in Baseball America's top 25.
  • The Ducks haven't fared well in games against teams in the top five going 5-31.
  • Six of those top-5 games have come vs. Stanford (1-5), while they have met a top-10 Cardinal team nine times (3-6) and a top-25 Stanford squad 18 times (9-9).
  • Oregon is 3-7 vs. the No. 2 team in the country going 0-3 vs. Stanford in 2019, 2-1 vs. UCLA in 2015, 0-1 vs. Oregon State in 2014 and 1-2 vs. Vanderbilt in 2013.

Record setting innings

  • Oregon scored 12 runs in the top of the eighth inning at San Diego in a 21-11 (8-inning) win on Feb. 21.
  • The 12 runs were the most ever scored by a Ducks' team with the 12 runs also setting a new record for most runs scored by both teams in an inning (old record of 11 both came when UO scored 11 in the sixth inning at WSU on 4/29/19).
  • Oregon also set a school record for hits in an inning with 10, breaking the old record of eight set in the same game at WSU in 2019.
  • The Ducks also tied school records for most doubles (3) in an inning and most extra-base hits (5) in an inning.
  • The record-setting 12-run inning remained a record for exactly seven more innings before Oregon broke it again with a 13-run eighth inning in the series opener against St. John's on Feb. 25.
  • Oregon scored the 13 runs behind eight hits (2 doubles), six walks and a hit-by-pitch.

Ducks tie school record for runs in a game

  • The 44 combined runs scored by Oregon in the San Diego series finale and the St. John's series opener were the most ever scored by the Ducks in back-to-back games.
  • Oregon matched a school record with 23 runs scored vs. St. John's in game one of the series, tying the 23 runs the Ducks scored against Portland State (5/6/74).
  • The 21 runs scored by the Ducks at San Diego tied for the third most at the time it happened.
  • The Ducks also scored 21 at Washington State (4/12/19), at Sacramento State (3/19/79) and vs. Northwest Nazarene (3/6/76).
  • The 23 runs vs. St. John's also broke the PK Park record which was set when the Ducks' beat New Mexico State 22-7 (2/21/15).
  • In addition to the two 20-plus run games, The Ducks scored double-digit runs in the second (16) and third (13) games of the St. John's series, marking the only time in the modern era the Ducks have scored 10-or-more runs in four-straight games.

Offensive explosion

  • The Oregon offense was nearly unstoppable in the St. John's series.
  • As a team, the Ducks batted .385 with a .505 OBP and a .581 slugging percentage.
  • Oregon scored 58 runs in the four-game series, putting 23, 16, 13, and six on the board.
  • The Ducks had 16 extra-base hits (9 doubles, 1 triple, six home runs) in the series, compared to just three of St. John's.
  • The Ducks also walked 28 times and were hit by nine pitches.
  • Fifteen different Ducks scored at least one run, with seven scoring five-of-more runs.
  • Oregon ended the St. John's series ranked among the nation's best in hits (5th), batting average (7th), runs (12th), OBP (12th), slugging percentage (12th), home runs (14th) and home runs per game (20th).
  • The Ducks led the Pac-12 Conference in runs, home runs, home runs per game, while ranking second in batting average, hits and OPB.

Smith named preseason All-America

  • Coming off a season where he claimed Collegiate Baseball third-team All-America honors, JR OF Tanner Smith has been named preseason third-team All-America by both Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA.
  • A junior from Newport Beach, Calif., Smith finished last season batting .324 with five home runs and 36 RBI while batting leadoff for the Ducks.
  • He had a Pac-12 best 24 doubles, which set a new Oregon single-season record for two-baggers, while reaching base at a .417 clip and slugging .533.
  • The Ducks' left fielder ranked third among all Pac-12 players with 33 extra-base hits.
  • His 24 doubles ranked fifth nationally and his 0.44 doubles per game were the best in the Pac-12 and 12th overall in the country.
  • He also tripled four times, which was good for second in the Pac-12 and 28th nationally.

Step up in competition doesn't slow Cowley

  • After spending three seasons at Division II Cal Poly Pomona, JR INF Drew Cowley made the move to Division I this season.
  • Playing both third base and second base, Cowley is off to a blistering start batting .512 (21-for-41) with the nation's eighth-best OBP (.615).
  • He also ranks ninth nationally in batting average, and 23rd in both hits and slugging percentage (.902).
  • In addition to batting average and on-base percentage, he leads the team in slugging percentage, triples (1), base on balls (7) and total bases (37), while ranking second in doubles (3).
  • In the Pac-12, Cowley leads the league in all three slash categories (AVG/OBP/SLG), while ranking third in hits, fourth in RBI, fifth in home runs, sixth in doubles and seventh in walks.

It's hot in the Shade

  • After battling injuries early in the season as a true freshman, SO OF Colby Shade is healthy and producing for the Ducks in 2022.
  • The Ducks' centerfield produced in a big way in the St. John's series, batting a team-best .667 (8-for-12) with a home run, three doubles, nine RBI and nine runs.
  • He added four walks and three HBPs to finish with a .789 on-base percentage while slugging 1.167.
  • He also reached base in 13 straight plate appearances during the series.
  • For the season, Shade is tied for the team lead in RBI (15), while ranking second on the team batting .444 (16-of-36), runs scored (15), OBP (.553), slugging percentage (.722) and stolen bases (3).
  • In the Pac-12, Shade ranks third in batting average and runs scored, while ranking fourth in OBP and RBI, and fifth in slugging.
  • Nationally, Shade is sixth in the country in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage and 24th in slugging percentage.

Walsh tabbed Pac-12 preseason freshman of the year by Baseball America

  • The one infield position Oregon entered the season with no returning starts at was first base, but after three weeks, it looks like the position is in good hands with FR Jacob Walsh, who was named the preseason Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year by Baseball America.
  • Heading into the Stanford series, Walsh is batting .370 (20-for-54) with two home runs, six doubles, 13 RBI and 15 runs scored (2nd on the team), while boasting a .443 OBP and a .593 slugging percentage.
  • He has a team-high eight multi-hit games.
  • In the opening four-game series at San Diego, Walsh finished batting .375 with a home run, two RBI and four runs scored.
  • In the St. John's series, he batted .438 with a home run, six RBI, seven runs scored and four walks.
  • In the UCSB series, he batted .286 with a team highs in doubles (5) and RBI (5).
  • At USD, he had five 2-hit games and one 3-hit game, including a 2-for-4 effort in his first career game.
  • In Oregon's 21-11 get-away day win, Walsh hit his first career home run while reaching base four times (2-for-4, 2 BB) with two RBI and four runs scored.
  • In game three of the series, he scored his first run while going 2-for-4 at the plate.
  • A Las Vegas native, Walsh was a consensus top-300 player in the country by Perfect Game (No. 132) and Prep Baseball Report (No. 297).
  • He also ranked as a top-five first baseman nationally by both PG (No. 3) and PBR (No. 5).
  • He ranked as the No. 4 player from Nevada by both Prep Baseball Report and Perfect Game.

Milone looks good in debut

  • Another newcomer to make a big splash the first few weeks was designated hitter Brennan Milone, who is batting .485 with a team-high three home runs.
  • He was the only Duck with at least one hit in the first eight games this season, including six multiple-hit games.
  • In the St. John's series, he batted .438 with two home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored, while reaching base at a .550 clip and slugging .875.
  • He hit first-inning home runs in the first two games of the St. John's series to help the Ducks get out to an early lead.
  • A transfer from South Carolina, Milone led the Ducks in batting in San Diego hitting .529 (9-for-17) with a home run, a pair of doubles, two RBI and three runs scored.
  • The Ducks' DH went 4-for-4 in game three at San Diego with his first career home run in an Oregon uniform, while adding a double, RBI and run scored.
  • On get-away-day, he went 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and run scored while adding a sacrifice fly.
  • He had a pair of hits (2-for-4) in game two, while collecting his first career Ducks' hit in the opener (1-for-4).

Somers named preseason All-America

  • Coming off a season where he claimed NCBWA third-team All-America honors, SR LHP Kolby Somers has been named preseason third-team All-America by both Collegiate Baseball and D1Baseball.
  • A senior from Hillsboro, Ore., Somers claimed first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors in addition to NCBWA All-America honors last season.
  • He was dominant closing out games for the Ducks in 2021.
  • The lefty finished the season with a 2-2 record and a 3.08 ERA with 11 saves.
  • He fanned 37 in 26.1 innings pitched while holding opposing hitters to a .149 batting average.
  • He ranked third in the Pac-12 in saves, as well as ranking sixth all-time in single-season saves at Oregon.
  • His seven saves in conference games were the second most in the league, one behind the leader.

Ducks boast experienced arms

  • Oregon opened the 2022 season with 12 pitchers on the 17-member staff who had experience at the four-year college level, including nine with double digit outings, six with more than 20 appearances, three with 30-plus appearances and two with more than 50 outings.
  • The staff has six different pitchers who have career saves led by LHP Kolby Somers (12), and transfers RHP Stone Churby (5) and RHP Dylan Sabia (4), and RJ Gordon (1) who picked up his first vs. St. John's.
  • Oregon's closer last year, Somers leads the staff with 65 career appearances, followed closely by Churby's 61 appearances (58 at Sacramento State from 2018-21).
  • Other experienced arms include RHP Caleb Sloan (36 appearances), RHP Christian Ciuffetelli (31), RHP Andrew Mosiello (28), RHP Isaac Ayon (25), Sabia (25), LHP Rio Britton (20), RHP RJ Gordon (18) RHP Scott Ellis (13), NAIA transfer RHP Adam Maier (8) and RHP Logan Mercado (5).
  • The Ducks added a pair of junior college transfers in RHP Matt Dallas from Lane Community College in Eugene and RHP Jace Stoffal from Umpqua CC in Roseburg, Ore.
  • Both earned All-Northwest Athletic Conference honors during their time at the JCs.
  • Oregon also added three freshman -- RHP Tommy Brandenburg, RHP Jacob Hughes and RHP Cho Tofte -- to the staff.
  • Two of those freshmen -- Brandenburg and Hughes -- have already started games.

Maier looking to join accomplished list of Oregon Friday night starters

  • When Oregon opened the season at San Diego, RHP Adam Maier took the mound as Oregon's Friday night starter looking to be the latest in a long-line of successful pitchers to be the opening day starter for the Ducks.
  • The previous names of pitchers who have filled have taken the mound on opening day is impressive with future Major League Baseball pitchers, an eventual Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and high MLB draft picks who have toed the rubber as series game-one starters.

Brandenburg one of just a handful of freshman to open season in rotation

  • When RHP Tommy Brandenburg made a start in game four of the season-opening series at San Diego on Feb. 21, he became just the seventh Oregon pitcher in the modern era to crack the weekend rotation during the opening weekend.
  • The list of freshman to start during opening weekend is impressive with the previous six all getting drafted and four of the six making it to the big leagues.
  • The last freshman to start a game in the season-opening series was David Peterson, who eventually was selected in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the New York Mets with pick No. 20.