On Friday, February 20th at 2:00 p.m. the Oregon Ducks will field their first baseball team in 28 years. Oregon fans would love nothing more than to see several ‘ducks on the pond‘.
On Thursday the team left for Moraga, CA where they will face Saint Mary’s in a four-game series. The first game starts at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, a double-header starts at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, and the finale is on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Coach George Horton’s probable lineup is as follows:
Pos. - Player (hometown/previous school)
lf - Caleb Tommasini (Tenmile, OR/Oregon State)
cf - Curtis Raulinaitis (Sacramento, CA/Sacramento CC)
ss - KC Serna (Ventura, CA/St. Bonaventure HS)
dh/1b - Mitch Karraker (Clovis, CA/Fresno CC)
c - Eddy Rodriguez (Warden, WA/Wenatchee Valley CC)
rf - Jett Hart (Puyallup, WA/Lower Columbia College)
dh/1b - Andrew Schmidt (Roswell, GA/Tallahassee CC) or Darrel Hunter (Springfield, OR/Thurston HS)
3b - Dylan Gavin (Santa Cruz, CA/Santa Cruz HS)
2b - Danny Pulfer (Cypress, CA/Cypress HS)
The starting pitcher is scheduled to be freshman Tyler Anderson. Anderson is a lefty who stands at 6′3″ and weighs 195 lbs. He comes from Spring Valley HS in Las Vegas, NV. In HS he played four years of baseball and was selected in the 50th round (1,491 overall selection) by the Minnesota Twins in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The Ducks' first home opener in 28 years will take place on February 27th against defending national champions Fresno State.
Oregon will be fielding a rather young team as 19 of their 35-man roster are freshman; there are only two seniors on this team.
It will probably take one of the young guys to step up and really take hold of the leadership role.