"It was good to get six wins and that's what we needed to get back on track," outfielder Tyler Baumgartner said. "Our confidence is high and it'll be a good test for us this weekend to see where we're at."
The same could be said for the Cougars, who like the Ducks are 7-5 in Pac-12 play entering this weekend's three-game series. The pair of northwest schools join UCLA tied for fourth in the Pac-12.
"If you handle your end of the bargain you're going to make a jump because it's so competitive and it's hard to handicap who's going to win each series," Oregon coach George Horton said.
"Up an down through their lineup they have tough outs," he said of the Cougar lineup.
Oregon will once again be without weekend starter Matt Krook, who is awaiting a second opinion on arm tightness he experienced two weeks ago. Krook will meet with another doctor Monday.
"We'll just deal with whatever we have to deal with when we get that second opinion," Horton said.
Fellow freshman Trent Paddon will once again fill the open spot in the rotation and throw Saturday (the series has been moved to a Thursday-to-Saturday series due to Easter Sunday). Thorpe will pitch tonight and Gold Friday.
Paddon pitched four innings and allowed three runs in his first collegiate start Sunday. Horton hopes to see a better approach on the mound the second time around.
"I think he'll be more relaxed this weekend… and probably handle the emotional parts better," he said.
If Paddon continues to struggle Brando Tessar would likely be next in line for a weekend spot.
Tolman national award recipient
Oregon third baseman Mitchell Tolman was named hitter of the week by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Associtaion. Tolman hit 9-for-15 in during the teams winning streak and drove in six runs while touching home five times himself.
"It's an amazing honor to have," he said Wednesday. "To look back on and talk about will be pretty cool later, but right now my focus is on moving on this week and progressing."
The weekend helped to up his season numbers to .351 batting average, 35 RBI and 26 runs scored.
"He's been automatic for us all year. He's been everything you could ask for as a four-hole hitter. I love hitting in front of him, it makes my job a lot easier as well," Baumgartner said.
PK Park top five venue
Ncaa.com listed their top five "coolest baseball venues" Wednesday and Oregon's PK Park came in at third on the list.
"I tip my cap to our people, because not only did they build us a nice facility, they're doing all the right things to make it a fun experience for families and students to come out to," Horton said of the recognition.
The website described the venue as "the perfect combo of old school charm and new school swag."
The Ducks and Cougars start of the series tonight at 6 p.m.