If you live in the Eugene area and root for the Oregon Ducks in any sport you probably already know that this weekend is a pretty big one for Oregon Athletics as a whole. It all starts, of course, with the Oregon Spring Football Game, which again this year will honor the Nation’s Armed Forces. The game itself bring many questions about the 2014 Oregon Football team starting with who will be the backup quarterback to who starts opposite Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu on Defense, to how does Freshman Running Back Royce Freeman fit into the fold at running back. I can almost guarantee I have missed several of your questions about this year’s football team, but they will all be answered in due time. Of course football and weather sometimes do not go hand in hand(take last season’s monsoon vs Washington State). This year it is a good start for football for the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. The forecast on Thursday reached 90, but I hear it will be slightly cooler on Saturday – remember kickoff is 11am – the game is being broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Shortly following the Spring Game the Oregon Baseball team will take a nice size amount of the Sports Complex crowd to watch as they entertain Arizona.
Oregon Ducks Head Coach George Horton and the team hit a rough patch in losing three games last weekend at Oregon State and will look to rebound against a team that is close to the bottom of the Pac-12 Conference Standings. In fact, they are one spot out of the cellar dweller position, this for a team that was expected to compete for the Pac-12 Conference Title in the sport this season. The good thing for the Oregon Ducks is although they are in fifth place in the Conference, they are a half game from third place and four and a half games out of first place. It think it may be time to start another nine game winning streak, similar to the one they were on before hitting Corvallis – or not hitting in Corvallis. That leads me to a team that has redefined hitting for 2014, the Oregon Softball team.
Oregon Coach Mike White has his team primed for and NCAA Bid and hosting starting the third week of May. The Oregon Ducks Softball team is number one in the country and have won twelve in a row, including four out of five series against Pac-12 opponents) and several early wins, including giving a new meaning to the Softball ‘Run Rule’. Over the last week they have swept Stanford on the road and also took out Utah Valley at Howe Field in front of a solid crowd for a midweek Tuesday doubleheader. Game 1 on Tuesday was over in under 70 minutes, an 8-1 run rule victory. The competition gets a little tougher this weekend as Oregon hosts the fifth ranked team in the country in Arizona State.
If your interested in heading to any of the events this weekend Oregon Football has their Spring Game on Saturday at 11am, entry is accepting canned goods for Food For Lane County, parking is $5. Oregon Baseball hosts Arizona on Friday at 7pm with Starter Tommy Thorpe on the mound, followed by a Saturday ‘sellout’ with 9-0 Starter Jeff Gold. I would expect a good part of the Autzen Crowd to stick around for baseball as they have in previous years. Sunday will see Brando Tessar on the mound for the Oregon Ducks at 4pm.
Oregon Softball is also at home at Howe Field, next to Mac Court this weekend to host Arizona State. Gametimes are Friday(5pm), Saturday(4pm) and Sunday(2pm)
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