Oregon Ducks baseball
|Founded||1877, 138 years ago|
|University||University of Oregon|
|Head coach||George Horton (8th year)|
PK Park |
Green and Gold|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1954, 1964, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|1918, 1928, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957|
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.
Oregon played its first baseball game in 1877 and established the program in 1885.
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, but lost at defending national champion USC in the district finals (today's super-regionals).
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, and baseball became a club sport in March 1983.
In July 2007, the university announced that it would again field a varsity baseball team, beginning with the 2009 season. 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.
The Ducks previously played baseball at Howe Field (44°02′28″N 123°04′26″W / 44.041°N 123.074°W), 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. When the university dropped baseball after the 1981 season, the field was converted to use by the Ducks' women's softball team in 1987. Softball was formerly played at Amazon Park.
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, 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, whose season runs from mid-June through August.
|1906||J. B. Knapp|
|1908||H. B. Leonard|
|1954||Don Kirsch||18-8||11–5 in PCC North Div., 1st place, District 8 champion (now super regional), College World Series, 7th (tie)|
|1964||Don Kirsch||31-11||11–5 in AAWU North Div., 1st place, runner-up in District 8 (now super regional)|
|1981||Mel Krause||16-21||does not include 2 wins vs. Lane CC - dropped program|
|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
- The NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament started in 1947.
- The format of the tournament has changed through the years.
|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|
|2014||2–2||.500||finished second in Regional|
|2015||1–2||.333||finished third in Regional|
- Joe Gordon, Hall of Famer as a second baseman
- Dave Roberts
- Steve Baker
- Ray Smith
- Tom Dodd
- H.D. Murphy (Highest Batting Average for an Oregon Duck)
- "Colors– Style Guide". University of Oregon. 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
- May, Jacob (January 31, 2008). "Oregon unveils Duck baseball's Field of Dreams". Oregon Daily Emerald. Retrieved June 9, 2008.
- Rodman, Bob (May 7, 1981). "A gloomy day for Ducks' oldest program". Eugene-Register Guard. p. 1C.
- Harvey, Paul, III (May 23, 1964). "Ducks clinch ND title". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
- Strite, Dick (May 25, 1964). "Ducks can be as good as '54 team". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 3B.
- Harvey, Paul, III (May 28, 1964). "Oregon, USC nines seek district crown". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 2B.
- Harvey, Paul, III (May 31, 1964). "USC dumps Oregon". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 3B.
- "UO axes baseball, gymnastics". Eugene-Register Guard. Oregon. May 7, 1981. p. 1C.
- Rodman, Bob (May 27, 1982). "The question isn't what for Howe". Eugene-Register Guard. Oregon. p. 1C.
- Rodman, Bob (March 1, 1983). "Oregon baseball* returns this weekend". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 5C.
- "Baseball's back". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (editorial). July 14, 2007. p. A14.
- "University of Oregon is bringing back baseball". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. Associated Press. July 14, 2007. p. 1B.
- Smith, Jeff (July 14, 2007). "Baseball no longer a dead Duck". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 14, 2007.
- "Schmidt's Walk-Off Upsets Defending Champs". GoDucks.com. February 27, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
- "Now it's Howe Field". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. April 25, 1936. p. 2.
- "Howe Field". University of Oregon Athletics. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- "Wet weather stops baseball, softball". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. April 26, 1978. p. 6C.
- Strite, Dick (May 23, 1954). "Oregon blanks OSC nine for NCAA spot". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1C.
- Strite, Dick (June 1, 1954). "Oregon wins regional title". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 2B.