Ducks Unveil 2009 Oregon Baseball Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. – In less than nine months, Oregon baseball will return to the diamond for the first time in 28 years, embarking on a 56-game slate under the direction of veteran College World Series skipper George Horton.

The Ducks open play on Feb. 20, 2009 at St. Mary's and conclude the regular season at home against Pacific-10 Conference foe Arizona on May 24. Along the way, Oregon will also participate in a tournament at PGE Park in Portland, featuring Hawaii, New York Tech and Portland.

"Considering how little time we had to work with, I'm very pleased that we were able to have a full schedule of 56 games," Horton said.

All told, Oregon will play 26 home games and 27 on the road, along with the three neutral site contests. Included is a full Pac-10 schedule that opens with the Ducks hosting a three-game set against Oregon State starting March 27. The site of the Civil War games on the 28th and 29th has yet to be determined.

"To start out with Oregon State is apropos," Horton said. "I can't think of a more exciting way to begin for baseball fans in the state, our program and Oregon baseball in general."

The Ducks and Beavers will also play two games in Corvallis outside of conference play on April 28 and May 19. The latter date is slated to be the 300th meeting on the baseball field between the two rivals. OSU leads the all-time series 150-144 and was the opponent in UO's last varsity baseball contest back in 1981.

Oregon's home opener is set for Feb. 27 versus Fresno State at the University's planned baseball facility next to Autzen Stadium.

To obtain season ticket information when it becomes available, please sign up for DUCKMAIL (http://paciolan.myprefs.com/?@duckmail ). Oregon's DUCKMAIL is your official source for Ticket Office and Duck Athletic Fund Information.

By selecting Baseball in the Ticket Information section you will receive an email informing you as to when season tickets will go on sale. Tickets for the 2009 season are expected to sellout on a season ticket basis, so make sure you sign up for DUCKMAIL today!

Next up on UO's baseball calendar are a pair of benefit concerts by the actor Kevin Costner & Modern West at the Hult Center on May 30 and 31. Tickets for the concert are now available at www.hultcenter.org, or by visiting any Hult Center box office. Prior to the show on the 31st, the Ducks will host a reunion of former UO baseball alums to celebrate the program's return.

Key Dates in 2009
Feb. 20 at St. Mary's – Season Opener
Feb. 27 vs. Fresno State – Home Opener
March 21 vs. NY Tech – PGE Park Tourney
March 27 vs. Oregon State – Pac-10 Opener
May 24 vs. Arizona – Regular Season Finale


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