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Ducks’ season ends without a trip to World Series

Oregon Ducks Softball Cheridan Hawkins

Cheridan Hawkins

Cheridan Hawkins’ career at Oregon came to an end yesterday after four stellar seasons. By the end of Saturday it seemed the #5 Ducks would be headed to the World Series again. With #1 Florida being upset and knocked out and the Ducks up 1-0 on UCLA at home in the Super Regionals, the odds of Oregon winning the whole thing looked possible. Then, Sunday, just two outs away from a trip to Oklahoma City, UCLA came back to win the game 2-1, forcing another game which they also took 2-1. The Ducks outscored the Bruins 10-5 in the series, and Oregon won the regular-season Pac-12 title, but neither of those things mattered. UCLA is moving on, and the Ducks are done.

Over four years, Cheridan threw almost 800 innings, struck out over a thousand batters, compiled a 1.66 ERA, a won-loss record of 108-20, and earned 17 saves.

Mark Helfrich to speak at 2015 SOU Commencement

Mark Helfrich

Mark Helfrich, University of Oregon Head Football Coach and Southern Oregon University alumnus

@CoachHelfrich @SOU_Football @SOURaiders @Univ_Of_Oregon

The rumors from the past few months have been confirmed. The former SOU quarterback and current coach of the Ducks will be speaking at Raider Stadium on the morning of June 13.

Where to watch football in Ashland

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De’Anthony Thomas – beginning of 86 yard kickoff return – Oregon Ducks football

Of course if you want live football, AHS is the place to be today. However, after today’s SOU game you may want more. Or maybe you are a fan of the NFL and want to watch with a crowd instead of by yourself in your living room.

The #3 Ducks play #7 Michigan State after the Raiders’ game this afternoon. The obvious choices of places to watch the game in Ashland are Red Zone, Louie’s, Northwest Pizza, or Omars. However, if you have been to any or all of these places on game day you know that the crowds can be too big, and the service can become very slow.

A new option is Club 66. Uzi has five or six TVs going now, with up to three different DirecTV stations playing simultaneously, including a 10′ projection screen. He also has 6 beers on tap (and more in cans and bottles). But this next item may be the clincher for some of you. Pitchers of ANY beer (including Ninkasi’s Total Domination IPA and other micro draft beers) are just $10! That’s about the cost of two pints at the other places.

The Sunday breakfast deal is also a bargain.

For a look at the kickoff return in today’s photo a few seconds later, click here.

#1 Oregon Ducks sweep regionals

Oregon Ducks Softball Cheridan Hawkins pitcher

Oregon Ducks Softball – Cheridan Hawkins struck out 11 Wisconsin batters in 7 innings

@OregonSB @CheridanH11 The Ducks hosted three other teams trying to get through them to the 2014 College Softball World Series this weekend. The regionals are a double-elimination format. The #1 ranked Ducks didn’t even use their one allowed loss. Instead, they went 3-0 to set up next weekend’s best two out of three series with #16 Minnesota. The winner will be going to the NCAA Women’s College Softball World Series.

Cheridan Hawkins is 31-4 so far this season with 302 strikeouts in 217 innings of work. Wisconsin was ranked #25 before losing twice to Oregon.

We’re Ducks

Ryan and I in 2000

Ryan and I in 2000

My little boy is all grown up now and will be heading off to college this fall. He has decided to go to the University of Oregon. I’ve been rather indifferent about the Oregon schools (other than SOU where I work of course) until now, but from here on out I will be a fan of the Ducks.

Raider Club Auction

Raider Club Auction 2014
Oregon Ducks football helmet signed by SOU Alumnus and current U of O Coach Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota with three of my prints to the right

Ducks in Medford today

Oregon Ducks Baseball Austin Grebeck

Oregon Ducks Baseball
Austin Grebeck

See my prior post for more information.

Oregon Ducks Baseball Team in Medford next week

Oregon Ducks Baseball Mitchell Tolman

Oregon Ducks Baseball
Mitchell Tolman

Next Monday (March 24, 2014) during Spring Break the Oregon Ducks Baseball Team will be travelling down I-5 to Medford’s Harry & David Field for a workout, scrimmage, and a meet and greet with the fans. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

Ducks take two out of three vs. Ohio State

al case goducks.com Oregon Ducks Baseball Mitchell Tolman laying down the bunt

Oregon Ducks Baseball
Mitchell Tolman laying down the bunt

Unfortunately, the game the Ducks lost was the game when I was there. Ryan Riga tossed a complete game shutout with 10 Ks for the Buckeyes in the rain on Saturday evening when I took today’s photo. The Oregon Ducks were trying anything to get on base including many bunt attempts.

Shooting Ducks

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Cole Irvin of the Oregon Ducks

In a few hours I’ll be shooting the Oregon Ducks as they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in Eugene today.

Ducks begin home games for 2014 baseball season tonight

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Tyler Baumgartner dives back into first ahead of the throw from Andrew Moore to Danny Hayes

The Oregon Ducks play their first game of the season in Eugene at 6 p.m. today. I’m getting the itch to head up the highway to catch a game or two. It’s been too long since I’ve last seen live baseball.

The first baseman in today’s photo, Danny Hayes of the OSU Beavers, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. The pitcher, Andrew Moore, was only a freshman when I took this, and in addition to winning the Pac-12 Freshman Player of the Year Award, he was also named to the Baseball America All-America First Team.

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