It was quite the weekend in Oregon sports. Let's get right to it!
- The Oregon men's and women's track teams swept the Pac-10 championships over the weekend, and the Oregon men held off USC at the end of the meet to secure their 4th straight Pac-10 title . And the star of the day, as usual, was Ashton Eaton. He won the decathlon last weekend, won the long jump, won the 110m high hurdles, placed second in the 100m, and ran a leg in the 4th place 4x100 relay team. His 39.25 points surpassed 9th place Arizona's 26 points. Eaton is continuing his push as one of Oregon's greatest track and field athletes ever, and it'll be fun to see what he can do at the NCAA championships next month. the Oregon men also received big performances in many of the track events, including from Andrew Wheating, who won his third straight Pac-10 title in the 800. Though, even with individual accomplishments, it was a true team win for the Ducks. They had 4 runners score points in the 1500m, including Andrew Centrowitz, who won with a season best time. UO Junior A.J. Acosto had a strong performance as well, taking second in both the 1500 and 5000, as well as taking 4th in the 3000 steeplechase.
- While the men were very good, the Oregon women were dominant. They scored 215 points, obliterating the previous meet record of 189.5 points, set by UCLA in 1997. The Oregon women won 12 of the 21 events, set 7 school records, and nearly doubled the point total of second place Arizona, which had 109 points. At every turn, the Oregon women dominated. Jamesha Youngblood broke her own school record in the long jump. Keshia Baker won her second straight 400 and broke her own school record in the process. Amber Purvis came back from last year's broken toe to become the first UO woman to win both the 100 and 200 in the same Pac-10 meet. And the 4x100 broke the school record twice, one in prelims, and then again in finals. It was a truly dominating weekend for the Ducks, and will not get surpassed anytime soon.
- Oregon baseball were able to get back on the right track this week, and completed the week by sweeping visiting East Tennessee State. Oregon won the final game 17-7, a nice break after the 7-6 walk-off victory on Saturday evening. Oregon catcher Eddie Rodriguez led the day by hitting for the cycle, the first Duck to do that since reinstatement. Oregon's 17 runs set a PK Park record, and will help give the Ducks some momentum as they make the push for the postseason. The Ducks plays at Portland on Tuesday as they look to continue their winning ways.
- One of the biggest adjustments for me in watching college ball was getting used to George Horton's use of bunting. It's one of the oldest sabermetric fights, and the Statesman Journal has a good piece on the topic. They do a good job analyzing both sides of the argument, and even went over more than 90 OSU bunts to see their effect on the game. But it's tough to argue with Horton's results, taking a team that couldn't score anything, and turning them into a competent offensive unit, and he's slowly making me a believer, at least in the college game, where it's much easier to put pressure on fielders.
- In basketball news, it's now official that Josh Crittle is transferring, and will be attending Central Florida. For his credit, Crittle has kind words about his time in Oregon, though it just didn't work out. Good luck to Josh in his endeavors.
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