The same questions remain, will the Ducks bats have the necessary pop to compete with the conference's big-time arms, and who will complete the Ducks three-man starting pitching rotation?
The Ducks have looked better offensively than many might've expected in the wake of J.J. Altobelli and Ryon Healy departures, averaging more than six runs per game, while surpassing 10 runs four times already this season.
But Oregon struggled against fifth-ranked the talented Cal-State Fullerton staff, which closely resembles a Pac-12 one, tallying just eight runs in the weekend weep.
Whether it was just one poor weekend or a sign of what might hinder a run to Omaha is undecided, but coach George Horton is aware that some of the numbers might be misleading.
"Seattle's pitching not like Cal-State Fullerton and Settle's pitching is not like UCLA or the Pac-12," he explained of the 14 runs Tuesday. "It's a little different challenge."
Horton says he plans to send out his third different Sunday starter this weekend against the Buckeyes. After opening the year with Jordan Specner and briefly switching to Porter Clayton, Horton will give fifth-year senior Jeff Gold his chance as the team's third starter.
Gold has won all three of starts this season, including the first of Tuesday's double-header. He's allowed just four runs in 17 innings this season. The right-hander has a career 3.04 ERA and 16-4 record.
The efforts have been enough to give him a leg up on his competition, according to Horton.
"He's created the opportunity where he almost needs to pitch himself out of the weekend rotation," Horton said of Gold. "What I'd like to say, is that if someone were to earn that over him, that means that they're doing something awfully good."
Gold admits he's not a power arm, not someone who will "blow people away" with 90 plus MPH stuff, but he's consistent in hitting his spots.
"I'm a crafty right-hander who throws strikes," he said. "That's really all there is to it… location, location, location."
Reed has three saves in six appearances and is yet to yield an earned run.
"Finishing a game is something I hadn't been able to do since I got here," he said. "As a starter, I've never gone a complete game. It's kind of cool to be out there in the ninth and getting to finish it."
Reed says no conversations have taken place to this point regarding reversing his role and that's absolutely fine with him.
"I think they feel pretty confident in me right now at this point in the season, so I think they're going to do whatever they can to keep me there," he said.
Oregon opens the weekend series tonight at 6 p.m.