Oregon Ducks enter Civil War matchup with question marks in starting rotation.
Eugene, OR — Oregon baseball will host the Oregon State Beavers in a three-game Civil War matchup at PK Park this weekend. Despite the Ducks’ defensive woes in recent weeks — they committed seven fielding errors in a series against California — their bullpen has managed picked up the slack. In five games last week, the bullpen accumulated 47 strikeouts.
Entering the Civil War, however, Oregon’s starting rotation is riddled with question marks. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin, who underwent Tommy John surgery before the season, will face one of the premier starters in the country in Oregon State right-hander Andrew Moore to open the series. Oregon has yet to determine its starting pitchers for Saturday and Sunday, as both junior Conor Harber and senior Jack Karraker are out with injuries.
Harber, who was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after throwing six no-hit innings of relief against New Mexico State in mid-February, left the game due to shoulder tightness in the third inning against Michigan State on April 4. Karraker, the latest Duck to suffer a season-ending injury, hurt his elbow last Sunday against California and joined senior Steven Packard (shoulder), sophomore A.J. Balta (ACL), and sophomore Matt Krook (ACL) on the injured reserve.
With Harber and Karraker out, the Ducks will most likely look to 6-foot-6 freshman left-hander David Peterson to pick up the start either Saturday or Sunday.
Although the Ducks’ roster is running thin, the outlook for the remainder of the season would be optimistic with a series win over the Beavers. Seniors Shaun Chase and Mitchell Tolman must make their presences felt at the plate to help push Oregon toward an NCAA Tournament bid.
The Civil War series will be televised on both ESPNU and Pac-12 Networks. For a recap of the series, check back on our website at the conclusion of the weekend.