Oregon Ducks baseball

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Oregon Ducks
University of Oregon O.svg
Founded 1877, 138 years ago
University University of Oregon
Conference Pac-12
Location Eugene, OR
Head coach George Horton (8th year)
Home stadium PK Park
(Capacity: 5,000)
Nickname Ducks
Colors Green and Gold[1]
         
NCAA Tournament appearances
1954, 1964, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Conference champions
1918, 1928, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957
Hosting BYU in March 2011

The Oregon Ducks baseball team represents the University of Oregon in NCAA Division I college baseball in the Pac-12 Conference. The head coach is George Horton and home games are played on campus at PK Park.[2]

History[edit]

Oregon played its first baseball game in 1877 and established the program in 1885.[3]

The UO team made one College World Series appearance, in 1954, and was eliminated from the tournament after losing to Arizona and Massachusetts. A decade later in 1964, in the re-organized Athletic Association of Western Universities, Oregon was once again North Division champions,[4][5][6] but lost at defending national champion USC in the district finals (today's super-regionals).[7]

After the 1981 season, baseball and three other varsity sports at Oregon were dropped by the university (men's gymnastics, women's golf, and women's soccer) due to a budget crisis,[3][8][9] and baseball became a club sport in March 1983.[10]

In July 2007, the university announced that it would again field a varsity baseball team, beginning with the 2009 season.[11][12][13] In-state rival Oregon State had secured their second consecutive College World Series title a month earlier.

In the Ducks' first game in PK Park, they defeated the defending national champions, the Fresno State Bulldogs, 1-0 on a walk-off single by senior Andrew Schmidt. A sellout crowd of 2,777 was on hand for the game.[14]

Stadium[edit]

The Ducks previously played baseball at Howe Field (44°02′28″N 123°04′26″W / 44.041°N 123.074°W / 44.041; -123.074),[9] south of McArthur Court, named in 1936 for Dr. Herbert Crombie Howe (1872–1940), the former chairman of the English department. Howe started teaching at UO in 1901 and was its original faculty representative to the Pacific Coast Conference in 1915, partially responsible for the league's founding.[15] When the university dropped baseball after the 1981 season, the field was converted to use by the Ducks' women's softball team in 1987.[16] Softball was formerly played at Amazon Park.[17]

Baseball became a club sport in 1983 and Oregon was the only Pac-10 school without a varsity baseball program through 2008. Following the reinstatement of baseball, announced in 2007,[11] the university built PK Park, directly northeast of Autzen Stadium, formerly paved parking spaces. It opened for the Ducks in 2009 and since 2010, the park is also home for the minor league Eugene Emeralds of the short season Northwest League,[2] whose season runs from mid-June through August.

Yearly results[edit]

Year Coach Record Notes
1906 J. B. Knapp
1907 Hugo Bezdek
1908 H. B. Leonard
1909 Tom Kelly 6-3-1
1910 Tom Kelly 6-4-1
1911 Tom Kelly 9-6
1912 Homer Jamison 8-0
1913 Homer Jamison
1914 Hugo Bezdek 11-3
1915 Hugo Bezdek 6-3
1916 Hugo Bezdek 5-4
1917 Hugo Bezdek
1918 Dean Walker 10-2
1919 Shy Huntington 1-6
1920 Shy Huntington 11-9
1921 George Bohler 6-13
1922 George Bohler 2-15
1923 George Bohler 3-15
1924 William Reinhart 6-12-1
1925 William Reinhart 5-7
1926 William Reinhart 4-4
1927 William Reinhart 3-9
1928 William Reinhart 11-4
1929 William Reinhart 8-9
1930 William Reinhart 15-7
1931 William Reinhart 8-10
1932 William Reinhart 5-10
1933 William Reinhart 7-6
1934 William Reinhart 16-6
1935 William Reinhart 14-8
1936 Howard Hobson 13-11
1937 Howard Hobson 13-3
1938 Howard Hobson 17-9
1939 Howard Hobson 20-7
1940 Howard Hobson 17-11
1941 Howard Hobson 15-6
1942 Howard Hobson 20-5
1943 Howard Hobson 15-7
1944 Howard Hobson
1945 Howard Hobson
1946 Howard Hobson    18-9-1
1947 Howard Hobson 19-7
1948 Don Kirsch 12-6
1949 Don Kirsch 18-7
1950 Don Kirsch 12-11
1951 Don Kirsch 14-14
1952 Don Kirsch 19-12
1953 Don Kirsch 15-4
1954 Don Kirsch 18-8 11–5 in PCC North Div., 1st place,[18] District 8 champion (now super regional),[19] College World Series, 7th (tie)
1955 Don Kirsch 18-8
1956 Don Kirsch 18-8
1957 Don Kirsch    24-9-1
1958 Don Kirsch 19-8
1959 Don Kirsch 19-11
1960 Don Kirsch 12-7
1961 Don Kirsch 19-9
1962 Don Kirsch    29-9-1
1963 Don Kirsch 25-7
1964 Don Kirsch 31-11 11–5 in AAWU North Div., 1st place,[4] runner-up in District 8 (now super regional)[7]
1965 Don Kirsch    27-8-1
1966 Don Kirsch 21-18
1967 Don Kirsch 16-14
1968 Don Kirsch     25-15-1
1969 Don Kirsch 22-19
1970 Don Kirsch
1971 Mel Krause 19-18
1972 Mel Krause 24-13
1973 Mel Krause 23-13
1974 Mel Krause 26-19
1975 Mel Krause 20-19
1976 Mel Krause 20-18
1977 Mel Krause 14-27
1978 Mel Krause 23-24
1979 Mel Krause     29-27-1
1980 Mel Krause 19-21
1981 Mel Krause 16-21 does not include 2 wins vs. Lane CC - dropped program[3][8]
No varsity team from 1982–2008 (27 seasons), club sport only
2009 George Horton 14–42  4–23 in Pac-10, 10th place
2010 George Horton 40–24 13–14 in Pac-10, 5th place (tie), second at Regional
2011 George Horton 33–26 11–16 in Pac-10, 8th place
2012 George Horton 46–19 19–11 in Pac-12, 3rd place, hosted Regional and Super Regional
2013 George Horton 48–16 22–8  in Pac-12, 2nd place, hosted Regional
2014 George Horton 44–20 18–12 in Pac-12, 4th place, second at Regional
2015 George Horton 38–25 16–14 in Pac-12, 6th place, third at Regional
2016 George Horton 29–26 14–16 in Pac-12, 8th place (tie)

Oregon in the NCAA Tournament[edit]

Year Record Pct Nat'l
seed
Notes
1954 3-2 .600   District 8 champion, College World Series (7th)
1964 0-2 .000   District 8 runner-up (super regional)
2010 2-2 .500   finished second in Regional
2012 4-2 .667 5 Regional and Super Regional host
2013 3-2 .600 8 Regional host
2014 2-2 .500   finished second in Regional
2015 1-2 .333   finished third in Regional
TOTALS 15-14 .517  

Former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colors– Style Guide". University of Oregon. 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  2. ^ a b May, Jacob (January 31, 2008). "Oregon unveils Duck baseball's Field of Dreams". Oregon Daily Emerald. Retrieved June 9, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c Rodman, Bob (May 7, 1981). "A gloomy day for Ducks' oldest program". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1C. 
  4. ^ a b Harvey, Paul, III (May 23, 1964). "Ducks clinch ND title". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. 1B. 
  5. ^ Strite, Dick (May 25, 1964). "Ducks can be as good as '54 team". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. 3B. 
  6. ^ Harvey, Paul, III (May 28, 1964). "Oregon, USC nines seek district crown". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. 2B. 
  7. ^ a b Harvey, Paul, III (May 31, 1964). "USC dumps Oregon". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. 3B. 
  8. ^ a b "UO axes baseball, gymnastics". Eugene-Register Guard (Oregon). May 7, 1981. p. 1C. 
  9. ^ a b Rodman, Bob (May 27, 1982). "The question isn't what for Howe". Eugene-Register Guard (Oregon). p. 1C. 
  10. ^ Rodman, Bob (March 1, 1983). "Oregon baseball* returns this weekend". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. 5C. 
  11. ^ a b "Baseball's back". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). (editorial). July 14, 2007. p. A14. 
  12. ^ "University of Oregon is bringing back baseball". Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho-Washington). Associated Press. July 14, 2007. p. 1B. 
  13. ^ Smith, Jeff (July 14, 2007). "Baseball no longer a dead Duck". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 14, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Schmidt's Walk-Off Upsets Defending Champs". GoDucks.com. February 27, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Now it's Howe Field". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). April 25, 1936. p. 2. 
  16. ^ "Howe Field". University of Oregon Athletics. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Wet weather stops baseball, softball". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). April 26, 1978. p. 6C. 
  18. ^ Strite, Dick (May 23, 1954). "Oregon blanks OSC nine for NCAA spot". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. 1C. 
  19. ^ Strite, Dick (June 1, 1954). "Oregon wins regional title". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. 2B. 

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