Ducks face Huskies in Seattle starting Thursday
Series History - vs. Washington
- Oregon leads the all-time series against Washington 152-137-1, including a 31-23 record in Seattle.
- Because of the COVID cancellation of the 2020 Pac-12 Conference season, the two clubs haven't met in Seattle since the 2018 season.
- The Huskies won two of three in the series that season.
- Since then, the Ducks have won four of six games between the two clubs.
RPI & National Statistical Rankings
- Oregon is 15th in the RPI heading into its series at Washington.
- The Ducks also rank among the national leaders in a number of statistical categories, including in the top 25 in 10 categories.
- Among those 10, the Ducks are second in double plays, 11th in hits, 15th in batting average, 17th in home runs, 18th in runs, 19th in slugging percentage and 22nd in runs per game.
Pac-12 Team Leaders
- Oregon leads the Pac-12 in seven major statistical categories heading into the Washington series.
- The Ducks are first in batting average, double plays, double plays per game, hits, home runs, home runs per game and slugging percentage.
- UO ranks second in the league in fielding percentage, on-base percentage, runs and runs scored per game.
Ducks vs. Washington
- Oregon visits Washington this week in a Pac-12 Conference series. The Ducks and Huskies meet Thursday at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday.
- UO leads the all-time series 152-137-1, including a 31-23 edge in games played in Seattle.
- Washington holds a 22-20 edge in games played since baseball returned to Oregon, with the teams tied 18-18 in Pac-12 Conference games.
- The Huskies hold a 7-5 edge in the series played between the two teams, including the last four in Seattle. Oregon won its lone series at UW in 2010.
- UW won four of six non-league games in 2009 and 2010.
Well-rounded student-athletes recognized
- Three Oregon student-athletes have been selected as candidates for the 2022 Senior CLASS AWARD®.
- Third baseman Sam Novitske, left fielder Tanner Smith and closer Kolby Somers are among the 30 candidates.
- Smith and Somers both earned third-team All-America honors in 2021, while Novitske was a 2020 COSIDA first-team All-District 8 selection.
- All three have been involved with Oregon's partnership with Team Impact, while excelling in the classroom.
- To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Record run of long balls ends
- Oregon put a string of impressive home run streaks together before having them snapped during the two-game midweek series with San Francisco.
- Oregon homered multiple times in eight consecutive games, the longest streak since the program returned.
- Before the season, Oregon hadn't hit multiple home runs in more than three consecutive games before going deep more than once four times earlier this year (from Feb. 21 to Feb. 26-- vs. USD, 3x vs. SJU).
- Oregon also hit at least one home run in 17 consecutive games before seeing the streak snapped in a 4-3 win over San Francisco on March 30.
- The longest streak for consecutive games with a home run coming into this season was six, set by the 2021 team on two occasions.
- The Ducks have homered in their last seven games, which now ranks as the second-longest streak.
- Oregon has homered in 28 of the last 30 games.
Ducks on pace to shatter Oregon home run record
- Heading into the Washington series, Oregon is on pace to hit 89.25 home runs during its 56-game regular-season schedule.
- The Ducks have hit 51 long balls in their first 32 games of the season.
- The 51 homers already rank second all-time in a single season at Oregon.
- The 2021 team set the school record last season with 56 home runs.
Record setting offense
- 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.
- 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.
- Oregon added a 10-run first inning in the midweek series opener against San Francisco, running its total to three innings with double-digit runs in 2022.
Among the best
- Oregon heads into the Washington series among the national leaders in a number of statistical categories.
- The Ducks are 11th in the country in hits, 15th in batting average, 17th in home runs, 19th in slugging percentage, 21st in home runs per game, 22nd in scoring (runs per game) and 33rd in on-base percentage.
- Oregon leads the Pac-12 in seven major statistical categories, including five on offense.
- The Ducks lead the league in batting average, hits, home runs, HR/game, and slugging percentage at the plate, while also ranking second in the conference in runs and runs per game.
- Oregon also leads the league in RBI and total bases.
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.
- Smith is batting .317 (44-for-139) with five doubles and eight home runs heading into the Washington series.
- All 13 of his extra-base hits this season have come in the last 21 games.
Smith ties Oregon career runs record
- In his fourth season, JR OF Tanner Smith has put together one of Oregon's baseball's marquee careers.
- The Ducks left fielder heads into the Washington series needing to score just one run to set a new career runs scored record at Oregon.
- With 135 career runs, Smith ranks is tied with co-record holders Gabe Matthews (2017-21) and Aaron Payne (2011-14) who both scored 135 runs during their careers.
- Besides runs, Smith ranks in the top 10 in a number of other career categories at Oregon.
- He is second in consecutive starts with 133 and needs four more to pass Matthews.
- He ranks fourth in doubles (41), fifth in multiple-hit games (52), sixth in hits (185), RBI (96) at-bats (613) and walks (78), and 10th in multiple-RBI games (20) and starts (154).
- He will move into the career top 10 with one more home run and three more hit-by-pitches.
- Defensively, Smith is second in the modern era in outfield assists with 11.
Kasevich in midst of power surge
- Over the last 12 games, SO SS Josh Kasevich has added some punch to his game hitting three home runs and doubling three times while leading the Ducks in batting average (.313).
- The Ducks five-hole hitter has hit three of his five home runs on the season during the stretch while more than doubling his number of doubles on the season.
- He has 10 RBI in the last 12 games with three multi-hit games, two 3-hit games and two multi-RBI efforts, while getting hits in 10 of the 12 games.
- Always tough to strike out, Kasevich has no Ks in his last 48 at bats and 53 plate appearances during those 12 games.
Hall on fire in Pac-12 games
- After a slow start to the season, SO RF Anthony Hall has shifted his game into another gear in Pac-12 conference games.
- Hitting in the six-hole, Hall is batting .362 (15-for-41) with five home runs, three doubles, a triple, 11 RBI and 16 runs scored, while reaching base at a .490 clip and slugging .854.
- In Pac-12 games, Hall leads the conference in home runs and slugging percentage while ranking second in OBP, sixth in runs scored, seventh in total bases and eighth in batting average.
- He leads the Ducks in average, runs, triples, homers, RBI, slugging percentage, walks and OBP in league games.
Power coming from slew of Ducks
- While Oregon is hitting home runs at an unprecedented rate, it's not just a handful of players contributing with long balls.
- The Ducks have had 12 different players hit a homer, tied for the most ever for a modern era Ducks team.
- Ten Ducks have multiple homers, the most for a Ducks team since 2009.
- Five players have hit five-or-more dingers, with two more hitting four, which matches the 2021 team for players with 5+ homers.
- The old saying that a "pitcher's best friend is a double play", has been on display for Oregon this season.
- The Ducks head into the Washington series ranked second in double plays and sixth in double plays per game.
- After turning five double plays vs. Ball State, Oregon trails only New Mexico (41) for most DPs in the nation.
- The Ducks are averaging 1.09 double plays per game, which is percentage points behind UNC Ashville and George Mason for fourth in the country.
- New Mexico leads the country with 1.28 per game, while New Orleans (1.21) is second, Baylor (1.13) is thirdwith UNC Ashville percentage points ahead of George Mason for fourth.
- Oregon's has turned 31 conventional double plays involving the infielders, pitcher or catcher while also having two double play with a fly out and an outfield assist and two strike-him-out, throw-him out DPs.
- The most common double play has been the 6-4-3 (9 times), followed by 4-6-3 (7), the 5-4-3 (5), then the 1-6-3 (3) and the 3-6-1 (2) and 6-3 (2).
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.
Bullpen on impressive run
- Over the last 16 games, Oregon's bullpen has put up some impressive numbers.
- The Ducks have gone 11-5 during that stretch with the Ducks bullpen claiming 10 wins and a four saves.
- During the stretch, the bullpen has tossed 5.1 innings or more in nine of the 16 games with a high of 9.0 innings coming in an 11-inning win vs. San Francisco.
- The Ducks pen has tossed 8.0 innings three times, all coming in wins -- vs. USC on March 27, vs. Ball State on April 9 and vs. Ball State on April 10.
- Oregon's pen also tossed 7.2 innings in a win at Stanford on March 11, 7.1 innings in a win at Gonzaga on March 22, 7.0 innings in a win at Stanford on March 11, 6.1 innings in a loss at Stanford on March 13, 6.0 innings in a loss at UCLA on April 3, 5.2 innings in a win over Utah on March 18 and 5.1 innings in a win over Utah on March 20.
- During the 16 games, the bullpen has posted a 2.26 ERA while allowing just 25 runs (22 earned) on 62 hits in 87.2 innings pitched with 75 strikeouts and 41 walks.
- Five different Duck relievers have picked up wins in those 16 games, with picking up four wins with three coming in five days.
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.
- Heading into the Washington series, the staff has seven different pitchers who have career saves led by LHP Kolby Somers (16), transfers RHP Stone Churby (5) and RHP Dylan Sabia (4), RJ Gordon (1) and LHP Rio Britton (1).
- Oregon's closer last year, Somers leads the staff with 73 career appearances, followed closely by Churby's 70 appearances (58 at Sacramento State from 2018-21).
- Other experienced arms include RHP Caleb Sloan (42 appearances), RHP Christian Ciuffetelli (37), Sabia (34), LHP Rio Britton (31), RHP Andrew Mosiello (30), RHP Isaac Ayon (30), RHP RJ Gordon (24) RHP Scott Ellis (17), RHP Logan Mercado (13) and NAIA transfer RHP Adam Maier (8).
- Junior college transfer RHP Matt Dallas has gained extensive experience already, leading the team in appearances in 2022 (17), while also making his first career start at UCLA.
- Oregon has also had a pair of true freshmen make their college debuts on the mound with RHP Jacob Hughes (7) and RHP Tommy Brandenburg (5) appearing in games.