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May 12, 2022

Series History vs. Arizona State

  • Arizona State leads the all-time series 26-14, including a 16-4 advantage in games played on ASU's home field.
  • Oregon is looking for its first series win at Arizona State.
  • The Ducks lost the series 2-1 in 1966, 2013, 2014 and 2016.
  • ASU swept the series when hosting UO in 2009, 2011 and 2018.
  • Oregon won last year's series 2-1 in Eugene after losing the series opener.

RPI & National Statistical Rankings

  • Oregon is No. 30 in the RPI heading into its series at Arizona State.
  • The Ducks also rank among the national leaders in a number of statistical categories, including in the top 50 in seven categories.
  • Among those seven, the Ducks are 10th in double plays, 12th in hits, 20th in fielding percentage, 37th in runs and 49th in home runs.

Two Ducks Among 10 Finalists

  • Oregon closer Kolby Somers and left fielder Tanner Smith are finalists for the 2022 Senior CLASS Award® for baseball.
  • The honor is given to a Division I senior with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
  • Somers and Smith are two of 10 finalists with the award presented at the College World Series.

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 later homered in 11 straight games, which now ranks as the second-longest streak.
  • Oregon has homered in 36 of its 49 games this season.

Ducks break school home run record

  • Oregon has already set a new school record with 63 home runs (set vs. WSU on April 23).
  • UO hit its 56th home run of the season at Portland on April 19 in game No. 36 of the season, matching the school record set last season during Oregon's 55-game campaign.
  • Heading into the Arizona State series, UO is on pace to hit 72 HRs during its 56-game regular-season schedule.
  • Oregon hit its first 56 home runs in 1,267 at-bats this season, while hitting 56 in 1,890 at-bats last season (623 fewer ABs).

Single Season Home Runs
Rank    Team          HR
1.          2022          63
2.          2021             56
3.          1974             48
4.          1973             46
5.          1965             43
Assault on other records in progress

  • It is not just the home run record that Oregon is threatening offensively.
  • With the team currently batting .303 (a mark that would rank second all-time), Oregon is also approaching other records.
  • Besides long balls and batting average, the Ducks have already cracked the top 10 in four other categories and should move into the top 10 in a number of others over the next few weeks.
  • Oregon batters have already moved into the top 10 in RBI (3rd), runs (3rd), total bases (3rd) and doubles (8th).
  • Heading into the ASU series, Oregon needs three triples to crack the top 10.

Inning and game offensive records

  • 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.
  • 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.

Among the best

  • Oregon heads into the Arizona State series among the national leaders in a number of statistical categories.
  • Oregon leads the Pac-12 in three major statistical categories, while ranking in the top two in seven others.
  • The Ducks lead the league in batting average, hits and home runs at the plate, while also ranking second in the conference in runs, runs per game, home runs per game and OBP.
  • Oregon is also second in RBI in the Pac-12 and third in 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.
  • is batting .321 (68-for-212) with 11 doubles and nine home runs heading into the ASU series.

Smith sets 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 set a new career runs scored record at Oregon in game one of the Washington series.
  • With 145 career runs and counting, Smith broke the record shared by 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.
  • Against Portland, he set a new record for consecutive starts with 138 breaking the record Matthews set from 2017-2019 (streak is now 151).
  • He is second in multiple-hit games (60), tied for second in doubles ((47), third in hits (209) and at-bats (686), sixth in RBI (102), walks (86) and starts (171), tied for ninth in home runs (18), 10th in HBP (19) and 11th in multiple-RBI games (20) and triples (7).
  • He will move into the career top 10 in both triples and multi-RBI games with one more of each.
  • Defensively, Smith is second in the modern era in outfield assists with 11.

Cowley back after missing 21 games

  • Oregon's hottest hitter the first three weeks of the season before suffering an injury, JR INF Drew Cowley returned to the lineup on April 19 at Portland after missing 21 games. 
  • Playing both third base and second base, Cowley was off to a blistering start batting .467 (21-for-45) with the nation's 13th-best OBP (.571).
  • He also ranked 16th nationally in batting average, and 35th in slugging percentage (.822).
  • In addition to batting average and on-base percentage, he led the team in slugging percentage and base on balls (9), while ranking second in doubles (5).
  • In 14 games since his return, Cowley is 20-for-54 (.370/.460/.500) with five doubles, a triple, 13 runs scored and four RBI.
  • He has seven multi-hit games since his return, including a four-hit game and a 3-hit game.

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 mostly in the six-hole, Hall is batting .326 (29-for-89) with eight home runs, six doubles, four triples, 26 RBI and 28 runs scored, while reaching base at a .400 clip and slugging .753 in league games. 
  • In Pac-12 games, Hall leads the conference in home runs, triples, and slugging percentage while ranking second in runs and tied for fourth in total bases.
  • He leads the Ducks in runs, triples, homers, RBI and slugging percentage 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.
  • A school-record six players have hit five-or-more dingers, with one more hitting four.

Turn two

  • 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 Arizona State series ranked 10th in double plays (44) and 18th in double plays per game (0.90).
  • After turning one double play in the Oregon State series, Oregon trails only New Mexico (42), New Orleans (52), Baylor (51), Arizona (49), UNC Ashville (49), George Mason (48), Evansville (45), San Diego (45) and TCU (45) for the most DPs in the nation.
  • UNC Ashville leads the country with 1.17 per game, while New Orleans (1.16) is second.
  • Oregon's has turned 39 conventional double plays involving the infielders, pitcher or catcher while also having three double plays 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 (12 times), followed by 5-4-3 (8) and the 4-6-3 (7), then the 1-6-3 (3) and the 3-6-1 (2), the 6-3 (2) and the K2-4 (2).

Making the plays

  • In addition to ranking in the top 20 in double plays turned and double plays per game, Oregon also ranks in the top 20 in the nation in fielding percentage.
  • The Ducks boast a .978 fielding percentage, good for No. 20 in the nation.
  • Oregon has committed just 40 errors in 1,794 chances with 1,302 putouts and 452 assists.
  • The Ducks have faired just as well in Pac-12 games posting a .978 fielding percentage.

Somers named to NCBWA midseason Stopper of the Year watch list

  • The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has named Oregon closer Kolby Somers to its midseason Stopper of the Year watch list. 
  • Somers, who claimed first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors and NCBWA All-America honors last season, has continued his stellar work as the Ducks' stopper for the second straight season.
  • The lefty is 5-3 on the season and is second in the Pac-12 Conference with eight saves.
  • He has a 2.70 ERA in 21 appearances and has allowed just eight earned runs in 26.2 innings pitched with 35 strikeouts and 14 walks.
  • He is holding opponents to a .225 batting average.

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.

Somers second in the Pac-12 in saves, moving up Oregon record books

  • For the second straight season, SR LHP Kolby Somers is proving to be among the nation's elite closers.
  • Heading into the ASU series, Somers is tied second in the Pac-12 Conference in saves with eight, while ranking 31st in the country.
  • He also ranks among Oregon's all-time leaders in career saves, moving into a tie for second with a save vs. Cal on April 29.
  • The Ducks' lefty also ranks fourth all-time in appearances (82) and games finished (36).
  • For the 2022 season, Somers has moved into a tie for eighth all-time with Kellen Moen (2011) on the single-season saves list.
  • He needs to finish two more games to crack the top 10 for games finished.