I doubt that anyone in the country can boast about a sports weekend like this! -- FB
o Oregon baseball swept conference opponent Utah 3-0
o Oregon softball swept North Dakota State in the Regional and will host the Super Regional starting Friday.
o Oregon Track & Field swept both PAC-12 Men's and Women's titles again!
o Plus some big basketball recruiting scores.
The Oregon baseball team swept a Pac-12 series for the first time this season by beating Utah 5-1 on Sunday, and the Ducks' timing couldn't have been better. It was the team's sixth straight win, with a spot in the postseason possibly on the line given a strong final week to the regular season.
How It Happened: Unlike the previous two nights, when the Ducks (34-22, 14-13) won with dramatic comebacks, they never trailed Sunday. Jakob Goldfarb opened the game with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Austin Grebeck.
UO starter Josh Graham (4-1) surrendered the tying run in the fourth, but that was it over seven innings of work. The Ducks retook the lead in the fifth when Mark Karaviotis singled in Matt Eureste, and Mitchell Tolman provided insurance by doubling in Grebeck in the sixth.
Tolman scored on a wild pitch in the eighth, and Goldfarb plated Karaviotis with a double in the ninth. Oregon's bullpen nailed down the win, with Stephen Nogosek and Garrett Cleavinger pitching one inning apiece.
After sweeping through the Eugene Regional last weekend, the Oregon softball team will play host to North Carolina State in Super Regionals starting Friday night at Howe Field.
Oregon and NC State will meet at 6 p.m. on Friday and again at noon on Saturday. A final game, if needed, will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday. All three games will be aired live on ESPNU.
The Ducks (49-6) advanced to Super Regionals after defeating North Dakota State twice and BYU once in the Eugene Regional. Pitcher Cheridan Hawkins was named regional MVP after earning two wins to go with a 1.50 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 14.0 innings pitching. Hawkins and righty Karissa Hovinga allowed just six combined hits over three games in the regional. Oregon is 18-0 now in regional games under head coach Mike White, in his sixth season at the helm. Overall this year, the Ducks sport a .366 team batting average with a 2.37 ERA.
NC State (38-20) won the Harrisonburg Regional after knocking off Fordham twice and host and No.15 seed James Madison once. Pitcher Emily Weiman tossed a one-hit shutout of JMU with eight strikeouts in NC State’s second game of the regional. She allowed just one unearned run on four hits in seven innings with eight more strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Fordham in the regional final. On the season, NC State is hitting .271 as a team with a 2.48 ERA.
Track & Field - what a day!
It was nip and tuck near the end of the day Sunday as the team scores looked like this during the final races:
After the women's 200 meters: USC 172 and Oregon 168; after 5000 meters: Oregon 177 and USC 172; but after the 4X400 relay: Oregon 185 and USC 182!
For the men after the 200 meters: USC 115 and Oregon 107; but after the 5000 meters: Oregon 132 and USC 115; after the 4X400: Oregon 152 and USC 121!
The Oregon men’s and women’s track and field teams have done it again. -
The Ducks swept the Pac-12 championships Sunday, the men winning their ninth straight conference title and the women surviving to win their seventh in a row.
Unlike in previous years, though, this year’s crop of championships was anything but dominating. Both teams were locked in a back-and-forth fight with USC, with the Trojans and their stable of sprinters giving them big points. Those points, though, couldn’t overcome Oregon’s closing kick in the 5,000 meters and the women’s 4x400-meter relay.
Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins finished 1-2 in the men’s 5,000 and Will Geoghegan and Jake Leingang were fifth and sixth, giving Oregon 25 points in the race to take a 138-115 lead on the Trojans with two events left. It was a lead the Trojans couldn’t overcome, and the Ducks piled it on after adding a few more points in the triple jump, discus and a victory in the 4x400 for a final tally of 152-121.
The Oregon women also took the lead back from USC in the women’s 5,000 and had to not falter in the final event — the 4x400. The Trojans won the relay, and the Ducks — needing a third-place finish or better — finished in 3 minutes, 32.12 seconds to finish second.
The final team scoring was Oregon 185, USC 182.
The Ducks basketball recruiting is currently ranked at #15 in the country (even before ranking the #1 JC Transfer, Chris Boucher!), so here's a link to 3 new ones.
Click on each newcomer's name for a link to his page:
In Dorsey, Dana Altman and the Ducks have landed a high scoring combo guard who is also very good as a rebounder. Manuel is one of the most improved players in the country and could still be a bit underrated as a big man while Small is a slightly undersized point who can score.