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Zavala Named Academic All-America

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EUGENE, Ore. – The College Sports Information Directors of America named Aaron Zavala to the 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Baseball First Team on Thursday. Zavala is the first Duck in Oregon baseball program history to earn Academic All-America recognition.  
 
The Ducks’ right fielder, who boasts a 3.41 GPA, also claimed All-America honors on the field from six different organizations following the season. Five – the ABCA, Baseball America, D1Baseball, the NBCWA and Perfect Game – listed Zavala as a first-team All-America pick, while Collegiate Baseball named him to its second team.
 
Zavala, who was also been named the Pac-12 Conference and NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year, ended the season batting .392 with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 64 runs scored, while boasting a .525 on-base percentage and a .626 slugging percentage. He led the Ducks in batting average, runs, hits (78), slugging percentage, walks (50) and stolen bases (11). He set school records for on-base percentage, runs scored and walks.
 
Nationally after the regular season ended, the Keizer, Ore., native ranked second in the nation in OBP (.001 behind the national leader), seventh in base on balls, ninth in base on balls per game (0.96) and 18th in batting average. He led the Pac-12 Conference in on-base percentage, walks and base on balls per game, while ranking second in batting average, sixth in hits per game and seventh in slugging percentage and hits.
 
He ended the season being named to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team batting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored.
 
The Texas Rangers selected Zavala in the second round of the 2021 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on July 12. He became the highest MLB Draft pick (No. 38 overall) of an Oregon position player in the modern era.
 
Zavala 2021 Honors and Awards

  • CoSIDA Academic All-America® First Team
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Team
  • MLB Draft Second Round Pick (No. 38 overall selection)
  • Highest MLB Draft pick of an Oregon position player in the modern era
  • Third-highest MLB Draft pick from Oregon during that time
  • D1Baseball All-America First-Team All-America
  • ABCA First-Team All-America
  • Perfect Game First-Team All-America
  • Baseball America First-Team All-America
  • NCBWA First-Team All-America
  • Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-America
  • NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year
  • ABCA Division I First-Team West Region
  • Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
  • Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
  • Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year
  • First-Team All-Pac-12 Conference
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Breault selected by the Oakland A’s

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EUGENE, Ore. – The Oakland Athletics selected Oregon pitcher Hunter Breault in the 2021 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
 
The A’s picked Breault in the 20th round, the 608th overall pick. The selection made him the third Oregon pitcher drafted in the 2021 draft, joining Robert Ahlstrom and Cullen Kafka, and the fourth Ducks’ player overall. Outfielder Aaron Zavala was the second pick in the second round.
 
Breault is the fifth Oregon player selected by Oakland, and the first since the 2013 draft. Ryon Healy was the Athletics’ third-round pick that season, while Zack Thornton went to the A’s in the 23rd round in 2010 and Drew Gagnier was Oakland’s 14th round pick in 2009. Tom Dodd was picked by the A’s twice, going in the second round in the 1979 draft and the first round in the 1980 January Secondary Draft.
 
2021 Oregon Draft Picks
Aaron Zavala – Round 2 (Pick 38) – Texas Rangers
Robert Ahlstrom – Round 7 (Pick 213) – New York Yankees
Cullen Kafka – Round 9 (Pick 260) – Colorado Rockies
Hunter Breault – Round 20 (Pick 608) – Oakland Athletics
 
Oregon Draft Notes

  • The Ducks had four players drafted in the top 20 rounds of the MLB Draft for only the fifth time ever (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2021)
  • The Ducks had three pitchers drafted in the top 20 rounds of the draft for the fifth time (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2021)
  • Oregon’s four selections in the top 20 rounds tied (2016) for the fourth most in a draft behind the 2011 draft class (6), the 2013 draft class (5) and the 2015 draft class
  • Excluding the five-round 2020 draft, Oregon has had a player drafted in every draft since baseball returned in 2009
  • Excluding the 2020 draft, Oregon has had a pitcher drafted in every draft since 2009
  • Excluding the 2020 draft, Oregon has had a position player drafted in every draft since 2009
  • Excluding the 2020 draft, Oregon has had multiple pitchers drafted in all 11 drafts since 2009

 
Hunter Breault, JR, RHP (Oakland Athletics, 20th Round, 608th Overall Pick)

  • Fifth Oregon player picked by the A’s all time, and the fourth in the modern era
  • Third Oregon pitcher picked by the A’s (Thornton, Gagnier)
  • Just the second Duck ever picked in the 20th round (Parker Kelly – 2021)
  • Became the 39th highest Duck picked in the modern era
  • 57th Duck drafted since 2009
  • 36th Ducks’ pitcher drafted since 2009
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Three Ducks selected in top 10 rounds of MLB Draft

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EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore outfielder Aaron Zavala and junior pitchers Robert Ahlstrom and Cullen Kafka were all selected on day two of the 2021 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday.  
 
The Texas Rangers selected Zavala with the second pick of the second round, while the New York Yankees made Ahlstrom a seventh-round selection and the Colorado Rockies grabbed Kafka in the ninth round.
 
Zavala was the 38th overall pick, the highest selection of a position player in the modern era of Oregon Baseball. He was picked 52 spots higher than Spencer Steer, who went 90th overall to the Minnesota Twins in the 2019 draft. He is also the third-highest Ducks’ draft pick in the modern era, behind first-round picks Tyler Anderson (2011) and David Peterson (2017).  
 
Zavala is the third Ducks player selected by the Rangers, joining Cole Wiper (10th round, 2013) and Scott Heineman (11th round, 2015). Zavala is the third Oregon player picked in the second round of the MLB Draft. He joins Ryne Nelson who was the 56th player drafted (Arizona Diamondbacks) in 2019 and Madison Boer who was the 87th player selected (Minnesota Twins) in 2011.
 
Ahlstrom was the 213 overall selection. The Eugene native is the fourth Oregon player selected by the Yankees. Dennis Baldridge, who was picked by New York in both the 1965 draft and the 1966 secondary draft, was the first Yankee selection from Oregon. Tom Dodd, a first round pick in the 1980 January Secondary Draft, and Porter Clayton, a 21st round pick in the 2014 draft, where also selected by the Yankees
 
Kafka was the 260th overall selection. The four-year letterman is the fourth Oregon player picked by the Rockies, joining Erick Stavart (7th Round, 2009), Tyler Anderson (1st Round, 2011) and Aaron Jones (18th Round, 2012). He is the 19th Ducks’ pitcher drafted in the top 10 rounds and the 35th overall.
 
Day Two Draft Notes

  • The Ducks had at least three players drafted in the top 10 of the MLB Draft for the fifth time since 2009
  • Oregon had multiple players drafted in the top 10 rounds for the eighth time since 2009
  • Oregon had multiple players drafted in the top 10 for the second straight draft (omitting the 2020 draft which was only five rounds)
  • Oregon had multiple pitchers drafted in the top 10 rounds for the sixth time since 2009 (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2021)
  • Oregon had at least one position player and one pitcher drafted in the first 10 rounds for the fifth time since 2009 (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021)

 
Aaron Zavala, SO, OF, (Texas Rangers, 2nd Round, 38th Overall Pick)

  • Highest MLB Draft pick of an Oregon position player in the modern era
  • Third-highest MLB Draft pick from Oregon during that time
  • Third Oregon player picked by the Rangers since 2013
  • 54th Duck drafted since 2009
  • D1Baseball All-America First-Team All-America
  • ABCA First-Team All-America
  • Perfect Game First-Team All-America
  • Baseball America First-Team All-America
  • NCBWA First-Team All-America
  • Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-America
  • NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year
  • ABCA Division I First-Team West Region
  • CoSIDA All-District 8 Team
  • Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
  • Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
  • Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year
  • First-Team All-Pac-12 Conference

 
Robert Ahlstrom, JR, LHP (New York Yankees, 7th Round, 213th Overall Pick)

  • Fourth Oregon player picked by the Yankees, and just the second in the modern era
  • 16th highest Oregon pick in modern era
  • 18th Oregon pitcher drafted in the top 10 rounds in the modern era
  • 23rd top-10 pick in modern era school history
  • 34th Oregon pitchers drafted in the modern era
  • 55th Duck drafted since 2009
  • ABCA Division I West All-Region Second Team
  • First-Team All-Pac-12 Conference
  • Pac-12 Conference All-Defensive Team
  • 3-time Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week

 
Cullen Kafka, JR, RHP (Colorado Rockies, 9th Round, 260th Overall Pick)

  • First Oregon player picked in the ninth round in the modern era
  • Third Oregon pitcher picked by the Rockies joining Tyler Anderson and Eric Stavert
  • Fourth Oregon player picked by the Rockies in the modern era and the first since 2012
  • 19th Oregon pitcher drafted in the top 10 rounds in the modern era
  • 22nd highest Oregon pick in modern era
  • 24th top-10 pick in modern era school history
  • 56th Duck drafted since 2009
  • Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 Conference in 2021
  • 1-time Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week
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Zavala Earns District Academic Honor

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EUGENE, Ore. – For being outstanding both on the field and in the classroom, the College Sports Information Directors of America named Aaron Zavala to the 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-District® 8 Baseball Team on Thursday.
 
Zavala is just the second Duck in Oregon baseball program history to earn a spot on the district first team, joining teammate Sam Novitske who was an all-district selection in 2020. With the honor, Zavala will advance to the 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot, with honorees announced in late July.
 
The Ducks’ right fielder, who boasts a 3.41 GPA, claimed All-America honors on the field from six different organizations following the season. Five – the ABCA, Baseball America, D1Baseball, the NBCWA and Perfect Game – listed Zavala as a first-team All-America pick, while Collegiate Baseball named him to its second team.
 
Zavala, who has also been named the Pac-12 Conference and NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year, ended the season batting .392 with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 64 runs scored, while boasting a .525 on-base percentage and a .626 slugging percentage. He led the Ducks in batting average, runs, hits (78), slugging percentage, walks (50) and stolen bases (11). He set school records for on-base percentage, runs scored and walks.
 
Nationally after the regular season ended, the Keizer, Ore., native ranked second in the nation in OBP (.001 behind the national leader), seventh in base on balls, ninth in base on balls per game (0.96) and 18th in batting average. He led the Pac-12 Conference in on-base percentage, walks and base on balls per game, while ranking second in batting average, sixth in hits per game and seventh in slugging percentage and hits.
 
He ended the season being named to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team batting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored.
 
All-Time Oregon CoSIDA Academic All-District® Honorees
2021 – Aaron Zavala (OF) – First Team
2020 – Sam Novitske (INF) – First Team
2011 – Jack Marder (C) – Second Team
 
Zavala 2021 Honors and Awards

  • CoSIDA All-District 8 Team
  • D1Baseball All-America First-Team All-America
  • ABCA First-Team All-America
  • Perfect Game First-Team All-America
  • Baseball America First-Team All-America
  • NCBWA First-Team All-America
  • Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-America
  • NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year
  • ABCA Division I First-Team West Region
  • Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
  • Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
  • Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year
  • First-Team All-Pac-12 Conference
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Zavala finishes sweep of All-America honors

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EUGENE – It is a clean sweep of All-America honors for Aaron Zavala. D1Baseball named Zavala a first-team selection as the designated hitter on Monday.
 
The D1Baseball honor made it six All-America honors for Zavala. He also earned first-team recognition from the ABCA, Baseball America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) and Perfect Game while claiming Collegiate Baseball second-team accolades. The Ducks outfielder is just the second Oregon D1Baseball All-American, joining David Peterson (2017) who was a first-team pick. Zavala and Peterson are also the only two Ducks ever to claim six different All-America honors in the same season. Zavala earned five first-team and one second-team honor, while Peterson claimed five first-team and one third-team selection.
 
Zavala, who has also been named the Pac-12 Conference and NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year, ended the season batting .392 with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 64 runs scored, while boasting a .525 on-base percentage and a .626 slugging percentage. He led the Ducks in batting average, runs, hits (78), slugging percentage, walks (50) and stolen bases (11). He set school records for on-base percentage, runs scored and walks.
 
Nationally after the regular season ended, the Keizer, Ore., native ranked second in the nation in OBP (.001 behind the national leader), seventh in base on balls, ninth in base on balls per game (0.96) and 18th in batting average. He led the Pac-12 Conference in on-base percentage, walks and base on balls per game, while ranking second in batting average, sixth in hits per game and seventh in slugging percentage and hits.
 
He ended the season being named to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team batting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored.
 
All-Time D1Baseball All-Americans
 
First Team
2021 – Aaron Zavala (DH)
2017 – David Peterson (SP)
 
Zavala 2021 Honors and Awards

  • D1Baseball All-America First-Team All-America
  • ABCA First-Team All-America
  • Perfect Game First-Team All-America
  • Baseball America First-Team All-America
  • NCBWA First-Team All-America
  • Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-America
  • NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year
  • ABCA Division I First-Team West Region
  • Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
  • Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
  • Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year
  • First-Team All-Pac-12 Conference
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Coaches give Zavala fifth All-America honor

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EUGENE – Aaron Zavala added his fifth All-America honor when the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) named him a first-team selection on Saturday.
 
Zavala is Oregon’s third ABCA first-team All-America pick, joining David Peterson (2017) and Jimmie Sherfy (2012). In total, Zavala is just the fifth Oregon player recognized as an All-American by the ABCA. Alex Keudell claimed second-team honors in 2012 and Ryon Healy was a third-team pick in 2013.
 
Zavala, who has also been named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, as well as an All-American by the NCBWA (first team), Baseball America (first team), Perfect Game (first team) and Collegiate Baseball (second team), ended the season batting .392 with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 64 runs scored, while boasting a .525 on-base percentage and a .626 slugging percentage. He led the Ducks in batting average, runs, hits (78), slugging percentage, walks (50) and stolen bases (11). He set school records for on-base percentage, runs scored and walks.
 
Nationally after the regular season ended, the Keizer, Ore., native ranked second in the nation in OBP (.001 behind the national leader), seventh in base on balls, ninth in base on balls per game (0.96) and 18th in batting average. He led the Pac-12 Conference in on-base percentage, walks and base on balls per game, while ranking second in batting average, sixth in hits per game and seventh in slugging percentage and hits.
 
He ended the season being named to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team batting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored.
 
Zavala is the second Oregon player to be named to five postseason All-America teams in a single season. Six organizations honored Peterson following the 2017 season. D1Baseball is yet to name its All-America team, allowing Zavala to possibly match Peterson’s accomplishment.
 
All-Time ABCA All-Americans
 
First Team
2021 – Aaron Zavala (OF)
2017 – David Peterson (SP)
2012 – Jimmie Sherfy (RP)
 
Second Team
2012 – Alex Keudell (SP)
 
Third Team
2013 – Ryon Healy (1B)
 
Zavala 2021 Honors and Awards

  • ABCA First-Team All-America
  • Perfect Game First-Team All-America
  • Baseball America First-Team All-America
  • NCBWA First-Team All-America
  • Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-America
  • NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year
  • ABCA Division I First-Team West Region
  • Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
  • Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
  • Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year
  • First-Team All-Pac-12 Conference
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Zavala first Duck to earn first-team Baseball America honors

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EUGENE – Add another first-team All-America honor to Aaron Zavala’s resume. Baseball America released its All-America teams on Thursday with Zavala as a first-team selection.
 
Zavala is Oregon’s first Baseball America first-team All-America pick, joining Jimmie Sherfy (a second-team selection) and David Peterson (a third-team choice in 2017) as the only three Ducks to claim postseason recognition from the magazine. The honor is the second of the postseason where Zavala is the first Duck honoree. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) named Zavala the District 9 Player of the Year last week.
 
Zavala, who has also been named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, as well as an All-American by both the NCBWA (first team) and Collegiate Baseball (second team), ended the season batting .392 with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 64 runs scored, while boasting a .525 on-base percentage and a .626 slugging percentage. He led the Ducks in batting average, runs, hits (78), slugging percentage, walks (50) and stolen bases (11). He set school records for on-base percentage, runs scored and walks.
 
Nationally after the regular season ended, the Keizer, Ore., native ranked second in the nation in OBP (.001 behind the national leader), seventh in base on balls, ninth in base on balls per game (0.96) and 18th in batting average. He led the Pac-12 Conference in on-base percentage, walks and base on balls per game, while ranking second in batting average, sixth in hits per game and seventh in slugging percentage and hits.
 
He ended the season being named to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team batting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored.
 
All-Time Baseball America All-Americans
 
First Team
2021 – Aaron Zavala (OF)
 
Second Team
2012 – Jimmie Sherfy (RP)
 
Third Team
2017 – David Peterson (SP)
 
Zavala 2021 Honors and Awards

  • Baseball America First-Team All-America
  • NCBWA First-Team All-America
  • Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-America
  • NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year
  • ABCA Division I First-Team West Region
  • Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
  • Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
  • Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year
  • First-Team All-Pac-12 Conference
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Zavala named District 9 Player of the Year

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EUGENE – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has named Oregon right fielder Aaron Zavala the District 9 Player of the Year.
 
Zavala is the first Oregon player to earn district player of the year honors and joins a who’s who of West Coast players who have claimed the award including Dustin Pedroia, Jered Weaver, Stephen Strasburg, Marco Gonzalez, Kris Bryant and Andrew Vaughn.
 
Zavala, who was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year and a Collegiate Baseball second-team All-American last week, ended the season batting .392 with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 64 runs scored, while boasting a .525 on-base percentage and a .626 slugging percentage. He led the Ducks in batting average, runs, hits (78), slugging percentage, walks (50) and stolen bases (11). He set school records for on-base percentage, runs scored and walks.
 
Nationally after the regular season ended, the Keizer, Ore., native ranked second in the nation in OBP (.001 behind the national leader), seventh in base on balls, ninth in base on balls per game (0.96) and 18th in batting average. He led the Pac-12 Conference in on-base percentage, walks and base on balls per game, while ranking second in batting average, sixth in hits per game and seventh in slugging percentage and hits.
 
He ended the season being named to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team batting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored.
 
Zavala 2021 Honors and Awards

  • NCBWA District 9 Player of the Year
  • Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
  • Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
  • Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-America
  • Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year
  • First-Team All-Pac-12 Conference

 
District 9 Players of the Year
2001 – Mark Prior (USC)
2002 – Nate Gold (Gonzaga)
2003 – Dustin Pedroia (Arizona State)
2004 – Jered Weaver (Long Beach State)
2005 – Ian Kennedy (USC)
2006 – Wes Roemer (Cal State Fullerton)
2007 – Brett Wallace (Arizona State)
2008 – Brian Matusz (San Diego)/Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State)
2009 – Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State)
2010 – Zack MacPhee (Arizona State)
2011 – Trevor Bauer (UCLA)
2012 – Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga)
2013 – Kris Bryant (San Diego)
2014 – Ben Wetzler (Oregon State)
2015 – David Berg (UCLA)
2016 – Troy Rallings (Washington)
2017 – Jake Thompson (Oregon State)
2018 – Andrew Vaughn (California)
2019 – Andrew Vaughn (California)
2020 – NA (COVID-19)
2021 – Aaron Zavala (Oregon)        
 
 

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Zavala a Golden Spikes semifinalist

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EUGENE – USA Baseball released its 2021 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists and Oregon right fielder Aaron Zavala is one of 25 players in the running for the honor.
 
The Golden Spikes Award honors the top amateur baseball player in the nation and is given each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
 
Zavala, who was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year and a Collegiate Baseball second-team All-American last week, ended the season batting .392 with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 64 runs scored, while boasting a .525 on-base percentage and a .626 slugging percentage. He led the Ducks in batting average, runs, hits (78), slugging percentage, walks (50) and stolen bases (11). He set school records for both runs scored and walks.
 
Nationally after the regular season ended, the Keizer, Ore., native ranked second in the nation in OBP (.001 behind the national leader), seventh in base on balls, ninth in base on balls per game (0.96) and 18th in batting average. He led the Pac-12 Conference in on-base percentage, walks and base on balls per game, while ranking second in batting average, sixth in hits per game and seventh in slugging percentage and hits. Zavala is also a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the college baseball player of the year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He ended the season being named to the Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team batting .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs, four RBI and six runs scored.
 
Zavala is the fifth Duck to earn Golden Spikes semifinalist awards, joining David Peterson (2017), Jimmie Sherfy (2013), Alex Keudell (2012) and Tyler Anderson (2011). He is the first Ducks’ position player to be named a semifinalist.
 
 

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Regional Ends In Heartbreak

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EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s season ended Monday in the NCAA Championship tournament’s regional round, with Louisiana State scoring three times in the eighth inning to beat the Ducks in the seventh game of the Eugene Regional at PK Park, 9-8.

A day after the Tigers won to force Monday’s deciding game of the regional, the Ducks rallied into the lead twice to put themselves in position to advance to Super Regionals. Oregon turned to closer Kolby Somers to start the seventh inning, and though he pitched around a two-out single in that frame, LSU turned a 7-6 deficit into a 9-7 lead that held up.

Oregon’s first full season under head coach Mark Wasikowski ended with a 39-16 record, and the program’s first postseason appearance since 2015.

“It’s really bitter and fresh right now,” Wasikowski said. “I’m so proud of the team I got to coach this year. Really disappointed it didn’t continue to go past this weekend.”

The Oregon Ducks take on the LSU Tigers in game seven of the Eugene Regional at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on June 7th, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

How It Happened: Freshman reliever Andrew Mosiello made his first career start as the Ducks played their fourth game in four days. He allowed a two-run home run to regional MVP Gavin Dugas in the first inning, then allowed a two-out double before retiring the next seven hitters in order.

Oregon’s offense tied it in the top of the second, with the Ducks playing as the visiting team under the regional format. Anthony Hall singled with one out and scored on a double by Sam Novitske, who came home on a Sam Olsson sacrifice fly. Olsson started at catcher after Jack Scanlon was hit on the hand by a pitch Sunday.

The Oregon Ducks take on the LSU Tigers in game seven of the Eugene Regional at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on June 7th, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

The Ducks took the lead in the third after Kenyon Yovan worked a one-out walk and Pac-12 player of the year Aaron Zavala poked a home run down the line in left field. A two-out rally helped Oregon add on in the fourth, when Olsson, Gavin Grant and Tanner Smith all singled in succession to make it 5-2.

Dugas homered again to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and LSU added another run on a single, a stolen base and two wild pitches. That made it 5-4, and the Tigers took the lead in the sixth on a two-run homer from Drew Bianco off UO reliever Isaac Ayon.

The Oregon Ducks take on the LSU Tigers in game seven of the Eugene Regional at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on June 7th, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

Oregon wasn’t done, as Smith reached on an error to lead off the seventh and Yovan followed with his school-record 17th home run of the year. That made it 7-6, and Oregon’s closer Somers entered to protect that lead in the bottom of the inning.

The game turned in the bottom of the eighth, however. Dugas walked to lead off the frame, and a double chopped down the right-field line by Cade Doughty put runners on second and third with no outs. Somers struck out Bianco for the first out, but a fielder’s choice brought Dugas in and put runners on the corners.

The Oregon Ducks take on the LSU Tigers in game seven of the Eugene Regional at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on June 7th, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

Somers (2-2) threw over to first several times, keeping the runners honest and looking to get the batter to tip his intentions at the plate. But ultimately he was called for a balk when he threw over while Matthews was crashing toward the plate, bringing in Doughty with the go-ahead run. Jordan Thompson followed with an RBI single for a 9-7 lead.

“For us, we’re always going to be aggressive,” Wasikowski said of strategy behind the throws to first. “We’re going to use plays we have that are designed to eliminate runs and win games. Tonight it didn’t work; it’s very disappointing.”

In Oregon’s last chance, Zavala and Gabe Matthews both singled with one out — as UO staff ace Robert Ahlstrom got loose in the bullpen, two days after going eight innings to beat Gonzaga. Josh Kasevich grounded out to plate Zavala and Tristan Hanoian walked to put the go-ahead run on base, but Novitske flew out to right field to end the game.

Six Ducks named all-Region: Ahlstrom was one of four pitchers named to the all-region team, after his effort against Gonzaga. Five UO hitters also made the all-region team. They were Hall, who hit a team-high .375 with two homers and seven RBIs; Novitske, who hit .357 and stole two bases; Zavala, who hit .333 with two homers and six runs scored; Smith, who hit .333 as well; and Yovan, who had three homers, six RBIs and five runs scored.


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