This week Oregon plays host to Arkansas Pine Bluff on Monday then travels north to Volcanoes Stadium off I-5 in Kaiser to take on the Portland Pilots on Wednesday. The Ducks return to PK Park in Eugene for a two-game home stand against Washington State next weekend.
Player of the Week
Sophomore first baseman Ryon Healy led the Ducks batting .368 as Oregon finished last week with a record of 4-1, which included a 2-1 series win on the road at No. 6 Stanford.
Healy drove in a team-leading six runs, which included a two-out, three-run homer in UO's 5-0 series clinching win over Stanford on Saturday.
Healy also led the Ducks with four runs scored and a .632 slugging percentage as he added two doubles with his round tripper. He was walked on three occasions and was perfect at first base defensively.
In Tuesday's 4-1 victory over the Dons, Healy drove in Oregon's final two runs of the game with a double in the fifth. On Friday night, Healy gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the first with a two-out RBI single as Oregon opened the series against the Cardinal with a 4-2 victory. In Saturday's series-clinching 5-0 win at Stanford, Healy launched a two-out, three-run homer in the fourth to give UO a 5-0 edge.
Pitcher of the Week
Now 4-0 in his last four starts, Oregon senior right-hander Alex Keudell (5-3) was credited with the win for the Ducks after allowing just one run on five hits while walking no one and striking out a season-best seven as UO opened its series at No. 6 Stanford with a 4-2 victory.
Keudell made two appearances last week, also pitching an inning of relief allowing an unearned run in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over Stanford. Keudell had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 22 allowing the unearned run vs. San Francisco on Tuesday, but he did not allow an earned run until the sixth inning of Friday night's game at Stanford game – a streak of 28 consecutive innings. In his last 32 innings of work, the Portland native has allowed just two runs (one earned).
Oregon finished last 4-1, and won its seventh series of the season, taking two of three on the road at sixth-ranked Stanford. The Ducks are now in a three-way tie for first place in the conference standings with UCLA and Arizona. Oregon's series win against the Cardinal also marked its fourth series win against a ranked opponent as the Ducks hold a 10-3 record against top-25 opponents in 2012. Oregon has now won four consecutive Pac-12 series, including three straight against top-25 opponents. Saturday's 5-0 series clinching win over the Cardinal also marked the 600th Division I career victory for head coach George Horton. Alex Keudell improved to 5-3 (4-0 in his last four starts) with a nine-inning one-run effort against the Cardinal in Friday's 4-2 win, while freshman Jake Reed tossed seven shutout innings on Saturday. Last week Oregon outscored its opponents 19-9 as Ryon Healy batted .368 and drove in six runs. Oregon's pitching staff maintains a 2.87 ERA, while Kyle Garlick leads the Ducks batting .344 in 2012.
Last Week's Results (4-1)
Monday, April 9 vs. San Francisco, W, 4-2 (PK Park, Eugene, Ore.)
Tuesday, April 10 vs. San Francisco, W, 4-1 (PK Park, Eugene, Ore.)
Friday, April 13 at Stanford, W, 4-2 (Sunken Diamond, Stanford, Calif.)
Saturday, April 14 at Stanford, W, 5-0 (Sunken Diamond, Stanford, Calif.)
Sunday, April 15 at Stanford, L, 4-2 (Sunken Diamond, Stanford, Calif.)
This Week (Times Pacific)
Monday, April 16 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff, 6 p.m. (PK Park, Eugene, Ore.)
Wednesday, April 18 vs. Portland, 6:30 p.m. (Volcanoes Stadium, Keizer, Ore.)
Friday, April 20 vs. Washington State, 6 p.m. (PK Park, Eugene, Ore.)
Saturday, April 21 vs. Washington State, 2 p.m. (PK Park, Eugene, Ore.)
Sunday, April 22 vs. Washington State, 12 p.m. (PK Park, Eugene, Ore.)
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