We're in the thick of arguably the greatest year of Oregon Sports ever, and big reason for that is the success of the Spring sports. With Golf and Softball entering the post-season, and baseball vying for their first conference title in generations, I'll be posting a Weekend Preview on Fridays, and a Weekend Review on Mondays for the next few weeks, or until it's just baseball.
The following is the preview for the weekend of May 18-20:Baseball:
The Ducks kick off a three game set against Seattle University tonight at PK park, but those games aren't the important ones this weekend. With Arizona 1.5 games back and UCLA 2.5 back, their 3 game series at USC and Cal respectively will go a long way in creating the narrative for the last week of the season. A sweep by Arizona would tie them with Oregon going into next week, while every USC/Cal win puts Arizona/UCLA a game back (I.E. Arizona winning 2/3 means they start a game back next week). Keeping in mind that Oregon holds the head-to-head tiebreakers against Arizona, UCLA and 4th place Stanford, the conference title may very well come down to a week where Oregon doesn't play. TV/Radio/Gamecast: OZONE, OSN radio (95.3 FM in Eugene), @OregonBaseball. Arizona and UCLA gamecasts can be found through their respective websites.
The Lady Ducks won their opening game of the Eugene Regional last night 7-3 against Portland State, and play BYU at 11 this morning in the winners' bracket. A win, and they're through to tomorrow where they'd only have to win one of two games (12 PM, 3 PM if necessary) to advance to the Super Regionals. A loss, and they'll play the winner of BYU-PSU at 5 PM tonight in a sudden death endeavor. Oregon is the 11 overall seed in the NCAA Softball Tournament, so they won't host a Super Regional unless the #6 Texas team loses their regional. TV/Radio/Gamecast: All games are available on OZONE, and all Oregon games are available on 1320 AM locally.
It's F5 season people! The Duffing Ducks look to rebound from their quality choke job at the Pac 12 tournament at the NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After finishing yesterday's opening round tied for 5th, they're currently in 4th place, one shot behind TCU and USC and two behind Kent State. The top 5 teams from each regional make the NCAA Championships, and right now Oregon looks to be in solid shape to return to the stage where they finished 4th two years ago. TV/Radio/Gamecast: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Wait, you're serious? Alright, F5 away.