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Rematch In Regional Final Monday

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Regional in the NCAA Championship tournament will go seven games, after LSU won a do-or-die game against No. 13 Oregon on Sunday in PK Park, 4-1.

The Ducks (39-15) would have clinched the regional with a win Sunday, having gone unbeaten to that point while the Tigers had dropped a game. But LSU got six quality innings from reliever Javen Coleman and two big hits each from leadoff man Dylan Crews and cleanup hitter Gavin Dugas to force a deciding game Monday night.

Oregon didn’t lack for baserunners, putting at least one man on in all but two innings. But the Ducks hit 1-for-15 with runners on base, and 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

“(Coleman) was a three-pitch mix up to 94 miles per hour, with a breaking ball and a changeup for a strike any time he wanted to,” UO coach Mark Wasikowski said. “It was a Friday night performance out of the young man. You really do tip your cap to him.”

The two teams will play again Monday at 7 p.m. for the right to face Tennessee in the Super Regional round.

“We’re not just out for a participation trophy,” Wasikowski said. “We’re in it to win this thing.”

How It Happened: LSU scored first when Crews led off the game with a bloop to right field that Aaron Zavala dove to catch, but had pop out of his glove as he hit the ground. An infield single and a fielder’s choice brought Crews in with the first run.

Zavala doubled with two out in the first and Josh Kasevich led off the second with a double, but each was stranded. The Ducks did tie the game in the third when Gavin Grant led off with a single, took third on a base hit by Tanner Smith and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kenyon Yovan.

Dugas led off the fourth with a homer, and he scored again in the sixth on a one-out triple that turned into a run when Smith bobbled the ball in the outfield trying to collect it after it hit the wall. Crews made it 4-1 with a homer to lead off the eighth.

Oregon’s offense was quiet through the middle innings. Kasevich walked to lead off the seventh and pinch-hitter Bryce Boettcher walked to open the eighth, but neither came around to score.

In the ninth, Kasevich reached on a one-out error and pinch-hitter Tristan Hanoian drew a two-out walk. Sam Olsson worked a full count with two out and the game on the line, driving a foul ball just outside the first-base line that might have scored both runners before ultimately striking out.

“I don’t know that there is a lesson tonight, other than the fact they won a college baseball game that was really, really good,” Wasikowski said. “… That was an exciting ballgame, with people going nuts watching two good teams compete and get after it.”

At The Plate: Kasevich went 1-for-3 with a double and made it into scoring position three different times, but was stranded each time. Oregon’s 2-3-4 hitters combined to go 1-for-11 with six strikeouts.

Olsson was a replacement for starting catcher Jack Scanlon, who was hit on the hand by a pitch in the fifth and stayed in to catch one more inning before being replaced. Wasikowski said Scanlon would be assessed after the game to determine his status.

On The Mound: Brett Walker provided a quality start for the Ducks, allowinh four runs — three earned — on nine hits and one walk in 7.2 innings, with five strikeouts.

“I thought the ball was coming out of his hand as well as it did all year long,” Wasikowski said. “… There were a couple pitches that got away from Brett, and they hit ’em.”

Walker was pulled after a two-out double in the eighth, and Hunter Breault came on to strand that runner before pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Up Next: The Ducks and Tigers play for the right to advance to Super Regionals on Monday at 7 p.m.


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Ducks Advance To Regional Final

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon baseball team will play in an NCAA Championship tournament regional final for the first time in seven years Sunday, after the No. 13 Ducks beat Gonzaga on Saturday, 7-3, to remain unbeaten in the Eugene Regional.

Robert Ahlstrom went eight innings Saturday for the Ducks, and Gabe Matthews drove in runs during Oregon’s four-run first inning and three-run fourth. The Bulldogs will play an elimination game Sunday at 3 p.m. against Louisiana State, with the winner to face the Ducks later Sunday; LSU needed extra innings to beat Central Connecticut in an elimination game Saturday afternoon.

The Ducks are playing in a regional final for the first time since 2014, when they failed to advance against regional host Vanderbilt. With a win Sunday night, or Monday should Oregon lose Sunday, the Ducks would advance to the Super Regional round for the first time since 2012.

“It’s an experience nobody can ever take away from you; it’s awesome,” Matthews said. “It really set in after we turned that double play (for the first two outs) in the ninth — holy smokes, we’re here.”

Gabe Matthews

A day after the Ducks weren’t particularly sharp, most notably around the infield, they played a cleaner game Saturday and in fact put pressure on Gonzaga’s defense that helped Oregon score four runs in the first inning.

“It looked like they learned a lot of lessons from yesterday’s win,” UO coach Mark Wasikowski said. “It was a well-rounded team win. … We didn’t play nervous today like we did yesterday, which is a really good sign for the team.”

How It Happened: After losing a coin flip for the right to be the home team, the Ducks came to bat in the top of the first inning and — for the second day in a row — wasted no time grabbing a lead. Tanner Smith led off with his school-record 24th double of the season, and two errors by Gonzaga infielders brought him around to score. An RBI groundout by Josh Kasevich scored Aaron Zavala to make it 2-0, and Anthony Hall doubled home Matthews for a 3-0 lead. Sam Novitske followed with a single to plate Hall and make it 4-0.

Aaron Zavala

Smith’s leadoff double capped a 10-pitch at-bat to open the game, and saw him aggressively dig for second on a shot into right-center field. Smith fell behind 1-2 to start the at-bat, then took two more balls and fouled off four other pitches before his hit fell in.

“Tanner started that whole thing,” Matthews said. “His at-bat to start the game set the tone for the entire game. That was a tough at-bat; him hitting that double and getting us going, it was all him.”

Gonzaga threatened to respond in the bottom of the first against Ahlstrom, putting runners on second and third with one out. Ahlstrom struck out the next hitter, and Kasevich dove to snag a low line drive to shortstop that ended the threat.

The Bulldogs broke through in the third, loading the bases on two hits and a hit batter with no outs. A sacrifice fly brought one run in, and a two-run single made it 4-3. The Ducks escaped further trouble when Smith hauled in a line drive in left field and Ahlstrom snared a comebacker before throwing to first for the third out.

Robert Ahlstrom

Oregon’s offense had their ace’s back, responding in the top of the fourth. With two outs, Gonzaga wanted no part of UO slugger Kenyon Yovan and walked him on four pitches. That decision backfired when Zavala blasted a double that hit off the top of the fence in right-center to score Yovan, and Matthews followed with his 22nd career home run to get the UO lead back to four runs at 7-3.

Ahlstrom pitched out of trouble again in the fifth, loading the bases with one out before getting a double play to end it. That began a run of nine straight hitters retired by Ahlstrom, until a two-out single in the eighth that he pitched around to complete his outing.

“The third inning kind of got away from me a little bit,” Ahlstrom said. “But we answered back, which was huge. I just told myself, I’ve got to keep them here (at three runs), stay in this game as long as I can. Yeah, it was awesome.”

Robert Ahlstrom

The Ducks missed out on a chance to add on in the eighth, when Novitske led off with a single, was bunted to second and stole third. Gavin Grant worked the count full and then looked to lay down a bunt, with Novitske breaking for home. Grant struck out, and Novitske was tagged out by the catcher to end the inning.

At The Plate: Novitske had his third three-hit game of the season, and his first since April 18. Hall followed up his three-hit day Friday with hits in his first two at-bats Saturday, putting him at 12 total bases so far in the regional. Matthews drove in three runs to extend his UO career record to 137, and scored twice to tie the UO record of 135 runs set by Aaron Payne from 2011-14. With 22 career home runs, Matthews is alone in fifth in UO history, one behind Yovan.

On The Mound: Ahlstrom threw a season-high 129 pitches, 10 more than his previous season high. He won for the seven straight start, improving to 9-3 on the season. Kolby Somers finished the game for the second time in two days, walking the leadoff hitter in the ninth on four pitches before coaxing a double play and then striking out the final hitter of the night.

Up Next: The Ducks return to the field Sunday at 7 p.m.


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Ducks Bash Out Win To Open Regional Play Friday

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon baseball team’s first postseason game in six years was a wild affair Friday, with the Ducks clubbing a school-record five home runs to beat Central Connecticut, 13-10, in the opening game of the NCAA Championship tournament’s Eugene Regional.

On a warm day with the wind blowing out, Kenyon Yovan and Anthony Hall each homered twice for the Ducks (38-14), and newly crowned Pac-12 player of the year Aaron Zavala also went deep. Oregon broke the team record for home runs in a season with 53 through Friday’s game, and will look to add on in a winner’s bracket matchup Saturday night; the Ducks will face the winner of Friday night’s late game between Gonzaga and Louisiana State.

“A huge thing we’re thinking about when we head up to the plate is just, club the baseball,” said Hall, who drove in six runs Friday. “That’s what we were doing today.”

The Ducks scored in each of the first six innings, leading 13-6 through six. The Blue Devils (28-14) rallied for four in the seventh, and though Oregon was unable to answer, bullpen stalwarts Andrew Mosiello and Kolby Somers combined to get the last eight outs of the game without allowing any more offense from CCSU.

“We created some opportunities to score and we nipped away and got it closer,” CCSU coach Charlie Hickey said. “But we never could go back out and put a zero up and gain any momentum coming back to the dugout.”

The Blue Devils moved on to an elimination game Saturday afternoon, against the loser of Friday night’s Gonzaga-LSU game.

Yovan Homer Team Jube

“Obviously Central Connecticut State has got a lot of experience in postseason play, and they played like it today,” UO coach Mark Wasikowski said of the Northeast Conference champs, who have played in three of the last four NCAA Championship tournaments. “They were really tough; we knew they’d be tough. … We were not surprised whatsoever about what we were going to get out of that group. It was great to be able to match that toughness with our group.”

How It Happened: Cullen Kafka moved up a day in the rotation and got the start for the Ducks, who saved usual Friday night starter Robert Ahlstrom for Saturday’s game. Kafka allowed a pair of two-out singles in the first and another two-out hit in the second, but got out of those jams.

The UO offense provided him an early lead, right off the bat. Tanner Smith lifted a ball into short right field leading off the bottom of the first, and reached second base when the shortstop misplayed it. Yovan followed with his first homer, a titanic blast that comfortably cleared the scoreboard in left-center field.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Central Connecticut Blue Devils in game one of the Eugene Regional at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on June 4th, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

“The first one might have been the hardest ball I’ve ever hit,” Yovan said. “It was a great feeling. The biggest thing was just to be able to put runs on the board early and help our pitching staff.”

Hall provided more help for Kafka in the second, with a leadoff homer that he pulled onto the roof of the player-development area in right field. Jack Scanlon then doubled with one out, and he later scored on a wild pitch for a 4-0 lead.

Three straight hits to lead off the third got CSU on the board, and a double-play ball brought another run home to make it 4-2. Yovan responded by leading off the bottom of the third with a home run into the batter’s eye in center field. Zavala followed with a single, went to third on a base hit by Josh Kasevich and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Hall.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Central Connecticut Blue Devils in game one of the Eugene Regional at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on June 4th, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

CCSU chased Kafka with two more runs in the fourth, before Nico Tellache came on to get the final out and strand two runners. The Ducks extended their lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the fourth without a hit; Scanlon walked, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on another, by Smith.

A two-out, two-run single by CCSU made it 7-6 in the top of the fifth, and chased Tellache. Freshman Isaac Ayon entered and ended the inning with a strikeout, before Oregon extended the lead to 11-6 in the bottom of the inning. Gabe Matthews started the rally with a one-out walk, Kasevich followed with a base hit and Hall went opposite field for his second homer of the day, a three-run blast.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Central Connecticut Blue Devils in game one of the Eugene Regional at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on June 4th, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

Sam Novitske followed the homer with a double, and later scored on a wild pitch. Ayon pitched a scoreless top of the sixth before Oregon added on again, beginning with a leadoff homer by Zavala in the bottom of the sixth. Matthews was up next and walked, before coming in to score on a single by Hall.

CCSU rallied for four in the top of the seventh, thanks in part to an error that typified shaky infield defense by the Ducks all afternoon. Mosiello got the last two outs of the inning, stranding two runners, before pitching a clean top of the eighth — the first 1-2-3 inning by either team to that point. Somers pitched around a two-out walk in ninth for his 11th save.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Central Connecticut Blue Devils in game one of the Eugene Regional at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on June 4th, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

At The Plate: Hall was 3-for-5 with six RBIs and two runs, and three Ducks had two hits each — Yovan, Zavala and Kasevich. Yovan’s first homer was his school-record 15th of the season, and he extended that record in the third.

“Something I’ve always dreamed of is playing in the postseason,” Yovan said. “It was the reason I came back here, to take this team and make a run. It was an amazing feeling.”

On The Mound: Wasikowski lauded the “real positive” outing from Ayon, who got the Ducks out of a jam in the fifth and pitched around a hit and a walk in the sixth. Ayon was credited with the win, improving to 2-1 on the season.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Central Connecticut Blue Devils in game one of the Eugene Regional at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on June 4th, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

Kafka allowed four runs and nine hits in 3.2 innings. Wasikowski noted that while “offensively we competed at a really high level, defensively we just seemed to be occupying space. A few of the CCSU hits off Kafka got through infielders who weren’t credited with errors, but who might have been able to get outs with sharper play.

“That’s the sign of a group that hasn’t been in postseason play,” Wasikowski said. “To be able to experience that today, we kind of felt like we’d see some things that were uncharacteristic. And we did.”

Up Next: The Ducks return to action Saturday at 7 p.m.


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Zavala named Pac-12 Player of the Year; Eight Ducks honored

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EUGENE – After a stellar regular season that helped lead Oregon to the NCAA Tournament, Aaron Zavala has been named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches. Zavala is the first Ducks’ player to claim the conference honor.
 
In addition to being the player of the year, Zavala is one of five Ducks on the Pac-12 All-Conference Team and one of eight to earn conference accolades. Two Ducks were also named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.
 
Joining Zavala on the all-conference team are starting pitcher Robert Ahlstrom, closer Kolby Somers, designated hitter Kenyon Yovan and first baseman Gabe Matthews. Starting pitcher Cullen Kafka, shortstop Josh Kasevich and outfielder Tanner Smith received honorable mention all-league recognition, while Ahlstrom and Matthews were both named to the all-defensive team.
 
The five all-conference selections are the most in school history for the Ducks, while the eight total members to receive conference honors matched the most ever. The 2013 and 2014 teams placed four members on the all-conference team with two more earning honorable mention recognition both seasons. The 2010 team had eight total players recognized, but just one on the all-conference team.   
 
Zavala, who was named a Collegiate Baseball second-team All-American earlier in the day, heads into this weekend’s NCAA Regional Tournament batting .398 with seven home runs, 34 RBI and 58 runs scored, while boasting a .538 on-base percentage and a .613 slugging percentage. He leads the Ducks in batting average, runs, hits (72), slugging percentage, walks (49) and stolen bases (11). He set school records for both runs scored and walks during the regular season.
 
Nationally, the Keizer, Ore., native ranks 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 leads 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 earned a spot on Collegiate Baseball’s All-America Team for the second straight season. In the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, he was a third-team selection at third base.
 
Ahlstrom, a Eugene native, finished the regular season 8-3 with a 2.41 ERA while making 13 starts. He allowed just 22 earned runs on 70 hits in 82.0 innings while striking out 86 and walking just 15 with opposing batters hitting just .230 against him. He earned Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week honors three times, with two of those coming after dominating performances against rival Oregon State with the third coming against Washington. Oregon’s Friday night starter for most of the season, Ahlstrom picked up wins in his last six starts while allowing two-or-fewer runs in four of the six. He leads the Pac-12 in ERA, while ranking second in wins, fourth in innings pitched, sixth in opposing batting average and sixth is strikeouts. He also became the first Ducks’ pitcher to be named to the league’s all-defensive team.
 
Matthews, who was named a Collegiate Baseball third-team All-American, finished the regular season batting .326 with seven home runs and 32 RBI, while reaching base at a .451 clip and slugging .561. Matthews led the Pac-12 in hit-by-pitches (21), while ranking third in doubles and eighth in slugging percentage. In league-only games, Matthews batted .349 with five home runs and 22 RBI, while finishing with a .482 OBP and a .606 slugging percentage. He was ninth in Pac-12 only games in batting average while finishing fourth in OBP and 10th in slugging percentage. Nationally, the Ducks’ first baseman ranks 21st in doubles. Matthews heads into the postseason as Oregon’s all-time leader in hits, RBI, doubles, multi-hit games and at-bats. His conference all-defensive honor was the second of his career. The Salem, Ore., native was a honorable mention defensive selection in 2019.
 
Somers, a junior from Hillsboro, Ore., has been dominant closing out games for the Ducks. The lefty finished the regular season with a 2-1 record and a 2.42 ERA with 10 saves. He fanned 30 in 22.1 innings pitched while holding opposing hitters to a .139 batting average. He ranks third in the Pac-12 in saves, as well as ranking sixth all-time in single-season saves at Oregon. His seven saves in conference games were the second most in the league, one behind the leader.
 
Yovan, a junior from Beaverton, Ore., claimed all-conference honors for the third time in his career but the first as a hitter. He earned first-team honors as a freshman in 2017 as the team’s closer and as a sophomore in 2018 as the club’s Friday night starter on the mound. Heading into the postseason, Yovan is tied for the single-season Oregon home run record with 14 and the most multi-RBI games in a season with 16. He needs seven RBI in the NCAA Tournament to set a new single-season RBI school record. The Ducks’ designated hitters is batting .319 with a team-high 51 RBI and 10 doubles.
 
Kafka, a junior from Walnut Creek, Calif., is 5-3 heading into regional play with a 2.66 ERA in 14 appearances. He is second on the team with 82 strikeouts in 74.1 innings pitched while allowing 22 earned runs on 64 hits. Opponents hit just .232 against Kafka. The Ducks’ Saturday starter most of the season, the right-hander earned Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors after a dominating performance in a win over Arizona State. He ranks second in the Pac-12 in ERA, seventh in opposing batting average and eighth in strikeouts.
 
Kasevich, a second-year freshman from Palo Alto, Calif., is second on the team in batting average, hitting .332 with four home runs and 48 RBI with nine doubles and two triples. He is tied for the most multiple-hit games in season at Oregon with 16 and ranks fifth in single-season RBI.
 
Smith, a sophomore from Newport Beach, Calif. who was named a Collegiate Baseball third-team All-American earlier in the day, wrapped up the regular season batting .324 with five home runs and 34 RBI while batting leadoff for the Ducks. He has a Pac-12 best 23 doubles, which set a new Oregon single-season record for two-baggers, while reaching base at a .420 clip and slugging .546. The Ducks’ left fielder ranks third among all Pac-12 players with 32 extra-base hits. His 23 doubles ranks fourth nationally and his 0.45 doubles per game is the best in the Pac-12 and 10th overall in the country. Smith also tripled four times, which is good for second in the Pac-12 and 28th nationally.
 

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Three Ducks claim All-America honors

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EUGENE – Collegiate Baseball named outfielder Aaron Zavala a second-team All-American, while first baseman Gabe Matthews and outfielder Tanner Smith both are on the third team.   
 
Zavala, a sophomore from Keizer, Ore., heads into this weekend’s NCAA Regional Tournament batting .398 with seven home runs, 34 RBI and 58 runs scored, while boasting a .538 on-base percentage and a .613 slugging percentage. He leads the Ducks in batting average, runs, hits (72), slugging percentage, walks (49) and stolen bases (11). He set school records for both runs scored and walks during the regular season.
 
Nationally, the Ducks’ right fielder ranks 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 leads 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 earned a spot on Collegiate Baseball’s All-America Team for the second straight season. In the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, he was a third-team selection at third base.
 
Matthews, a senior from Salem, Ore., finished the regular season batting .326 with seven home runs and 32 RBI, while reaching base at a .451 clip and slugging .561. Matthews led the Pac-12 in hit-by-pitches (21), while ranking third in doubles and eighth in slugging percentage. In league-only games, Matthews batted .349 with five home runs and 22 RBI, while finishing with a .482 OPB and a .606 slugging percentage. He was ninth in Pac-12 only games in batting average while finishing fourth in OBP and 10th in slugging percentage. Nationally, the Ducks’ first baseman ranks 21st in doubles. Matthews heads into the postseason as Oregon’s all-time leader in hits, RBI, doubles, multi-hit games and at-bats.
 
Smith, a sophomore from Newport Beach, Calif., wrapped up the regular season batting .324 with five home runs and 34 RBI while batting leadoff for the Ducks. He has a Pac-12 best 23 doubles, which set a new Oregon single-season record for two-baggers, while reaching base at a .420 clip and slugging .546. The Ducks’ left fielder ranks third among all Pac-12 players with 32 extra-base hits. His 23 doubles ranks fourth nationally and his 0.45 doubles per game is the best in the Pac-12 and 10th overall in the country. Smith also tripled four times, which is good for second in the Pac-12 and 28th nationally.
 
All-Time Collegiate Baseball All-Americans
 
First Team
2021 – Kenyon Yovan (DH)
2017 – David Peterson (SP)
 
Second Team
2021 – Aaron Zavala (OF)
2017 – Kenyon Yovan (RP)
2013 – Jimmie Sherfy (RP)
2012 – Alex Keudell (SP)
2011 – Tyler Anderson (SP)
 
Third Team
2021 – Gabe Matthews (1B)
2021 – Tanner Smith (OF)
2020 – Aaron Zavala (3B)
2016 – Stephen Nogosek (RP)
2012 – Jimmie Sherfy (RP)
 
 

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Ducks open Eugene Regional Friday at 2 p.m.

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Ducks open with Central Connecticut State

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon, the No. 14 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, will open the Eugene Regional Tournament Friday against Central Connecticut State at 2 p.m. in the first game of the day at PK Park.
 
The Blue Devils (37-14) will be making their second consecutive NCAA appearance and third in the last four tournaments. CCSU claimed the Northeast Conference’s automatic bid after winning the league’s tournament championship after coming through the loser’s bracket to beat Bryant twice. Central Connecticut finished the regular season in second place with a 21-9 record.
 
Joining top-seeded Oregon and No. 4 seed Central Connecticut State in the Eugene Regional are No. 2 Gonzaga (33-17) and No. 3 LSU (34-22). The Bulldogs earned the automatic bid from the West Coast Conference, while LSU claimed one of the at-large berths.   
 
The NCAA Regionals return to Eugene and PK Park for the first time since 2013 when the Ducks hosted for the second consecutive year. Oregon won the 2012 Eugene Regional winning all three games, including an 8-1 win over Austin Peay in the championship game. The Ducks also hosted a Super Regional that season losing to Kent State 3-2 in the third and deciding game.
 
The Ducks advanced to the championship against Rice in the 2013 Regionals, but dropped an 11-4 decision in the if-necessary game. Oregon also played in Regional Tournaments in 2010 (Norwich, Conn.), 2014 (Nashville, Tenn.) and 2015 (Springfield, Mo.).
 
Oregon played in the postseason in both 1954 and 1964, with the Ducks making their only College World Series appearance in 1954.
 
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. on Monday. All-session tickets start at $80.
 

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Ducks will host NCAA Regionals

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon will host one of the 16 Regionals starting next Friday as part of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks will find out the three other teams that will be a part of the Eugene Regional, as well as their seed, Monday morning during the selection show between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on ESPN2.
 
The NCAA Regionals return to Eugene and PK Park for the first time since 2013 when the Ducks hosted for the second consecutive year. Oregon won the 2012 Eugene Regional winning all three games, including an 8-1 win over Austin Peay in the championship game. The Ducks also hosted a Super Regional that season losing to Kent State 3-2 in the third and deciding game.
 
The Ducks advanced to the championship against Rice in the 2013 Regionals, but dropped an 11-4 decision in the if-necessary game. Oregon also played in Regional Tournaments in 2010 (Norwich, Conn.), 2014 (Nashville, Tenn.) and 2015 (Springfield, Mo.).
 
Oregon played in the postseason in both 1954 and 1964, with the Ducks making their only College World Series appearance in 1954.
 
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. on Monday. All-session tickets start at $80.
 

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Ducks make case to host regionals

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Oregon added the final piece to its resume to host an NCAA Tournament Regional on Saturday. The Ducks beat California 6-5 at Evans Diamonds to clinch the series and lock up second place in the Pac-12 Conference.
 
With the series win, Oregon (37-15, 20-10 Pac-12) wrapped up the regular season winning 10 of the 14 series it played. One of the four series it did not win was an early season split where the Ducks played shorthanded. In that series, Oregon was missing Friday night starter Robert Ahlstrom and designated hitter Kenyon Yovan, and Oregon’s two other weekend starters on the mound were limited to three and four innings because of pitch counts.
 
Oregon wrapped up the regular season going 25-8 since the beginning of April and were 16-8 against teams ranked in one of the national polls. The Ducks also went 6-1 in non-conference road games against ranked teams.    
 
How It Happened: The Ducks and Golden Bears battled back-and-forth with neither team leading by more than a run until the top of the ninth inning when Oregon was finally able to extend the lead to two.
 
Oregon jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning for the third time in the series. Kenyon Yovan put the Ducks on top with a solo home run, his team-best 14th of the season.
 
Cal (29-26, 15-15 Pac-12) tied the game in the bottom of the second with a solo home run off of Oregon starter Brett Walker, but the Ducks came right back with a run in the top of the third to regain the lead.
 
Tanner Smith and Yovan drew back-to-back, two-out walks to set the table for Aaron Zavala. He took advantage delivering a RBI single scoring Smith for a 2-1 Oregon lead.

The Golden Bears scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to take their only lead of the game, but Oregon was able to tie it in the top of the fourth.
 
Josh Kasevich led off the inning with a single, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, and moved to second on an Anthony Hall hit. Sam Novitske loaded the bases with a walk, before Kasevich scored on a wild pitch.
 
California threatened to regain the lead putting runners on second and third with two outs against Walker, but Kolby Somers came out of the bullpen to get the final out of the inning and keep the game tied.
 
Oregon took the lead in the top of the seventh. Smith started the inning reaching on a hit-by-pitch and moved to second on a passed ball. Yovan picked up his second RBI of the game driving in Smith with a ground-rule double to right field.
 
Cal answered again with a run in the bottom of the seventh, setting up some eighth-inning Jack Scanlon heroics. The freshman catcher launched a solo home run, his second of the series, over the right field wall to put the Ducks back on top 5-4.
 
The Bears put themselves in position to tie the game or take the lead in the bottom of the inning. Cal loaded the bases with one out against Somers.
 
Oregon turned to Andrew Mosiello out of the pen. He got Dylan Beavers, Cal’s best hitter who had three homers in the first two games of the series, to ground out to Gabe Matthews who threw home for the force. Mosiello ended the Cal threat fanning Nathan Martorella to end the inning.
 
Smith and Yovan teamed up again for a much-needed insurance run in the top of the ninth. Smith led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a throwing error by Beavers. Yovan drove in his third run of the game with a single, scoring pinch runner Bryce Boettcher.
 
Cal cut the lead to one in the ninth with a one-out solo home run, but Mosiello locked up his second save of the season retiring two of the next three hitters.
 
Season Notes: Oregon’s 20 conference wins are the second most by a Ducks’ team in school history … The 2013 team finished with 22 wins … The Ducks’ finished the season in second place in the Pac-12 Conference, matching the 2013 team for the best finish in the modern era … Zavala drew a base on balls in the top of the ninth inning to break the Oregon single-season walks record held by Guy Krause (1972) … Yovan’s three RBI tied him with Kasevich (2021), Spencer Steer (2019) and Ryon Healy (2013) for the most multi-RBI games (16) in a season.
 
Box Score Notes: Somers (2-1) picked up the win, while Mosiello (2) got the save … Yovan (3-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB) reached base in all five of his at bats … The Ducks’ designated hitter had a three-or-more hit game for the sixth time this season and three-or-more RBI also for the sixth time … Zavala (2-for-4, RBI, BB) extended his reached base streak to 35, while Matthews reached base for the 29th straight game and Kasevich reached in his 20th straight game … Hall (2-for-4) had his 10th multi-hit game of the season and the 13th of his career … Scanlon (2-for-4, HR, RBI, R) had multiple hits for the fourth time in 2021 and the seventh time in his career.
 
Series Notes:  Oregon batted .314 (33-for-105) with five doubles and five home runs in the three games … Smith batted .545 (6-for-11) with two doubles and three runs scored to lead the Ducks … Kasevich batted .462 (6-for-13) with a team-high five RBI and a double in the series … Zavala reached base at a .625 clip in the three games to up his season OBP to .538 … He also batted .455 (5-for-11) with a RBI and four runs scored to increase his season batting average to .398 … Yovan hit .385 (5-for-13) in the series with a home run, four RBI, four runs scored and had a .500 OBP … In two appearances, Mosiello struck out six in 3.1 innings pitched and held Cal to a .167 batting average.

Up Next: Oregon will find out if it will be a regional tournament host on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The complete NCAA Tournament field will be released on Monday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on ESPN2.
 

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Oregon saw its hopes of a Pac-12 Conference title end on Friday night at California with a 10-3 loss at Evans Diamond.
 
How It Happened: Like game one of the series, Oregon got off to a fast start. The Ducks scored three in the top of the first, one more than on Thursday night.
 
Kenyon Yovan started the rally with a single of the left field wall and moved to second on a throwing error when Cal shortstop Keshawn Ogans threw it away trying to throw behind Yovan after a big turn at first.
 
Aaron Zavala walked and Gabe Matthews singled to left-center to load the bases. Josh Kasevich picked up where he left off in game one. The Ducks’ shortstop, who had three RBI on Thursday, delivered a two-run single to put the Ducks on top. After an Anthony Hall walk, Sam Novitske jumped on the first pitch he saw and flew out to right field allowing Matthews to score for a 3-0 lead.
 
Cal (29-25, 15-14 Pac-12) took control from there. The Golden Bears cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning before exploding for six runs, on two 3-run homers, in the bottom of the fifth before adding two more in the sixth. Cal tacked on a run in the eighth as well.
 
Oregon (36-14, 19-10 Pac-12) had a chance to extend the lead before Cal broke it open. The Ducks loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but Kasevich and Hall both flew out to center to end the threat.
 
Inside the Box Score: Zavala (1-for-3, R, BB, HBP) tied the Oregon single-season walks record with his first inning base on balls … It was his 48th of the season, tying Guy Krause (1972) … Zavala reached base three times putting his conference best OBP at .537 … Kasevich (2-for-4, 2 RBI) extended his hitting streak to 13 games, tying Brett Thomas (2013), Ryon Healy (2013) and Danny Pulfer (2011) for the fifth longest in modern-era Oregon history … Kasevich moved into the team lead in multi-RBI games with 16 while also tying Spencer Steer (2019) and Healy (2013) for the most in a single-season at Oregon … He also moved into a tie for the team lead in RBI with 48, the fourth most ever in a single season at Oregon … Tanner Smith (2-for-4, BB) started his 97th consecutive game.

Up Next: Oregon and Cal both wrap up their regular seasons with a 12:05 p.m. first pitch on Saturday. The game originally scheduled for 1 p.m. was changed on Friday to accommodate Oregon’s travel plans home. Brett Walker (6-2, 3.84) will pitch for the Ducks while Grant Homan (1-3, 3.61) is scheduled to throw for Cal.
 

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