Road to Omaha – Oregon Ducks

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May 17th, 2017

Coach George Horton (Photo courtesy Oregon Live)

KVNO’s Brandon McDermott spoke with head baseball coach at Oregon, George Horton about his teams chances at making a post-season run. 


Omaha, NE – George Horton, head baseball coach at the University of Oregon, has coached the Ducks for nine years.

In that time he’s brought them to the NCAA tournament five times. This year Oregon still has work to do to get an NCAA tournament bid. They just came off a tough series loss to Oregon State, probably the best team in baseball right now, losing two of three games by a single run. Five of the past six losses for the Ducks have also been by one run. They are 26-21 currently and 9-15 in the Pac-12 and are 70th in the latest RPI rankings.

The team has also struggled behind the plate this year, batting .256 as a team with only one batter hitting above.300. Coach Horton said the team has “tried everything” to get the bats going to no avail, but he has hope they can come around with eight games remaining.

On paper, David Peterson is having a heckuva year. He leads the Pac-12, and is third in all of college baseball, in strikeouts. But even more remarkable is he only has 12 walks in nearly 90 innings pitched.

If Oregon runs the table – wins the last two conference series (USC and UCLA) and last two non-conference games (Loyola Marymount and UC Riverside) Horton thinks it may be enough to make the NCAA Tournament.

 

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