Reed Gets Opening Nod

EUGENE- When Oregon (45-14, 22-8) takes the field Friday versus South Dakota State it will be Jake Reed on the mound as the Ducks look to win the first game of the Eugene Regional.

EUGENE- When Oregon (45-14, 22-8) takes the field Friday versus South Dakota State it will be Jake Reed on the mound as the Ducks look to win the first game of the Eugene Regional.

Oregon coach George Horton was clear to point out that it was not a promotion for Reed or demotion for fellow starters Tommy Thorpe or Cole Irvin, but simply an effort to save their best arms for later games.

"You're always going to make your pitching selections based on winning the thing," Horton said "Because second place, no one remembers who gets second in the thing, you simply advance or you don't advance."

The starter of the following games will be determined upon Oregon's outcome Friday, and also the opponent that they play.

Reed struggled in his last two starts, allowing 12 runs (five earned) in under eight innings of play in losses to Oregon State and Utah.

"He hasn't had great command. His stuff is still there, with the velocity…," Horton said. "Two out of the three pitches are good and then he has bouts of wildness. That's kind of haunted him."

Horton hopes to see Reed return to the pitcher whose strong finish to last year's season earned him the Friday night role to open this season. That finish includes a seven-inning shutout of Austin Peay in the final game of last year's Eugene Regional, that earned the Ducks the regional championship.

Reed finished the 2013 regular season with a 6-5 record and a 3.24 ERA, after going 8-4 with a 2.92 as a freshman.

Horton was reluctant to discuss the status of several injured Ducks, including start first baseman Ryon Healy, but was optimistic about the player's recovery.

"We talked to our trainer this morning, he's doing everything that he can. Even if I knew accurately, it's still going to be day-to-day.

"We hope to be as close to 100 percent as we possibly can," he said.

The coaching staff was still in the process of scouting South Dakota State Wednesday, Horton said, but believed that process may be a difficult one.

"One of the disadvantages with South Dakota State is that some of the video opportunities that might be available conference are not as readily available for them," he said of the Summit League champions.

"It's always a little bit more about ourselves than our opponent anyway."

The early scouting report suggests the Jackrabbits are a well-balanced team, Horton said.

"You don't make it to the field of 64 without having a good baseball team."

The Ducks and Jackrabbits will square off Friday at 6 p.m. at PK Park.


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