Washington vs. Oregon Series Preview: Dawgs Hosting Some Fowl Company This Weekend

The egg layin' *ucks are back in town again for a three game series with the Dawgs at Husky Ballpark March 16-18.

Morning Links:

Friday, March 16th 5:00 PM | Gamecast | Video Stream

UW - RHP Aaron West (2-1, 1.64)

0's - RHP Alex Keudell (1-2, 2.77)

St. Patrick's Saturday, March 17th 2:00 PM | Gamecast | Video Stream

UW - RHP Tyler Davis (0-0, 1.29) - first start on the bump for Tyler, he earned it!

0's - RHP Jake Reed (1-1, 1.73)

Sunday, March 18th 1:00 PM | Gamecast | Video Stream

UW - RHP Austin Voth (3-0 5.31)

0's - RHP Brando Tessar (3-0, 3.55)

One should only need to remind fellow Huskies that the zeroes are in town to fill up some seats on campus. When they are ranked and yet we are picked to win an upset, the intensity should rise even more. Get your friends, grab some people off the sidewalk and go spend 6 bucks to help support the Dawgs administer some anti-Philanthropy; the quackers need to be burned in order to learn a lesson, it appears, and baseball bats are perfect tools for the job. Sweep the egg layers back to the dirty nest commonly known as Eugene and the Dawgs can claim a rightful seat in the top 25, where they belong.

I went over the main reasons why the zeroes are overrated in the quarterly rankings post, and they proceeded to show the cracks. Oregon dropped two games to questionable opponents in their very own Nike College Showcase last weekend, going a shaky 2-2 while making some voters wonder if they made a mistake in Knighting the *ucks after just one good series. After the Vanderbilt series Oregon hasn't defeated a worthy opponent; now they get to face us.

A little statistical breakdown, then some words after the jump...

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Season Statistics

(10-6) UW vs. #17 Oregon (12-3)

Season Statistics

Official Weekly Notes

Schedule

Official Weekly Release

Pitching

3.59

ERA

2.64

.233

BAA

.221

112

Hits

107

63

Runs

49

53

Earned Runs

41

53

Walks

64

105

Strikeouts

113

Offense

.287

AVG

.281

.334

OB%

.378

.419

SLG%

.413

93

Runs

96

144, 31, 4, 9

H, 2B, 3B, HR

150, 33, 5, 9

82

RBI

84

59

Walks

65

98

Strikeouts

112

8 for 20

Steals

25 for 35

Defense

.976

Fielding %

.979

14

Errors

13

7

Double Plays

14

Oregon leads the all-time series 137-125-1; since Phil Knight purchased a college baseball team in 2009 Washington has doubled up the *ucks 10-5. The Dawgs won the season series last year down in Eugene 2-1 as well. Time to continue the dominance.

This series is going to be one big pitching duel unless the offense can break through the *ucks main strength consistently. I really hope so; really, really hope so. Nothing would make this Saint Paddy's Day better than waking up Monday morning to find the Dawgs ranked.

I will know much more about Oregon after watching them play, so expect a lot more Saturday morning.

Players to watch for:

  • 25 INF So. Ryon Healy - Enters the weekend on a six-game hitting streak...Oregon's starting first baseman and bats clean-up...leads Oregon with 14 RBIs...hitting .345 on the year with four doubles and one home run...leads the Ducks hitting .385 with runners in scoring position...led UO batting .375 last week at the Nike College Showcase...has totaled six multiple-hit games and three multiple-RBI games...in 2011 batted .320 (39-for-122) with 20 runs scored, 20 runs driven in, 10 doubles, one triple, a team-best four home runs and .516 slugging percentage.

  • 30 RHP So. Jimmie Sherfy - Currently leads the country averaging 15.76 strikeouts per nine innings...leads the Oregon staff with a 1.02 ERA and 31 strikeouts...has a 2-0 record with two saves...was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 21 after striking out 13 in relief on Feb. 18, tossing five and 2/3 shutout innings at Hawai'i as the Ducks prevailed 3-2 (02/18)...was ranked the No. 9 prospect in the West Coast League by Baseball America and was ranked the No. 7 prospect by Perfect Game...was considered to have the best breaking ball in the league.

  • 27 LHP Fr. Thomas Thorpe - Has made a staff -leading eight relief appearances and has surrendered just one run in seven and 1/3 innings while striking out seven...a 2011 graduate of Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash following his senior season on the diamond in 2011 was named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A All-State Second Team.

Go Dawgs!

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