The Oregon Ducks Baseball and Softball teams are off to successful seasons in 2015. Right now it appears they are headed in different directions. George Horton’s team has lost four of their last five games after starting the season at 20-3. The Oregon Softball team is having another season of success with just three losses, two to number one ranked Florida and one at Baylor during the non-conference part of the season.
Cheridan Hawkins has been a workhorse again for the Softball team in the early going. The team opened Pac-12 Conference play last weekend hosting Oregon State in Civil War matchup. Oregon swept the Beavers out of Howe Field and Hawkins threw in all three games. In the opener she threw a no-hitter and in the series finale she threw a two hitter. She came away with three wins last weekend.
The Oregon Softball team his the road for a three game series vs Utah in Salt Lake City.
The Oregon Baseball team suffered their first home loss last Tuesday against San Francisco and since then have only had one win losing four of their last five after a promising start to the season. Second Baseman Mitchell Tolman had a scary moment on Friday against Cal and was hit in the knee by a pitch. He missed the Saturday game, but returned on Sunday. Tolman saw his streak of one-hundred twenty-eight consecutive starts snapped in the process.
Tolman, along with .300 batting average leader Matt Euriste are a key reason that the Ducks are off to a solid start in 2015. Pitching is another reason. Starter Cole Irvin has been ramping up his pitching counts coming off Tommy John Surgery before the start of the 2014 season. On his start days this season Relief Pitcher Conner Harber has followed Irvin and been stellar. At one point he threw eighteen scoreless innings but has since come back to earth in his five appearances scattering thirteen hits. Harber will be rewarded for his early efforts and start the game on Friday against Arizona State.
The Sundevils are visiting Eugene for the first time since 2012 this weekend. ASU enters at 12-6 on the season and 2-1 in Pac-12 play. With Harber getting the Friday start, Irvin will take the mound for the Sunday finale against Arizona State this weekend.
Gametimes this weekend at PK are Friday at 6pm Pacific Time, Saturday at 2pm Pacific and Sunday at Noon.