Oregon Concludes 2023 Baseball Season With Back-to-Back Losses in Super Regional

by Steve Mims


University of Oregon Baseball 2023, Photo by GoDucks.com

Oregon’s baseball season ended with back-to-back losses against Oral Roberts in a Super Regional at PK Park.

The Ducks opened the best-of-three series with a dramatic 9-8 win over the Golden Eagles after rallying from an eight-run deficit.

Bennett Thompson and Drew Smith each had two hits, including a home run, while Jacob Walsh also homered. Drew Cowley and Tanner Smith added two hits apiece.

Rikuu Nishida walked in the bottom of the ninth and scored the winning run on a single by Cowley.

Oral Roberts turned the tables on the Ducks by rallying from a 7-4 deficit by scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to win the second game 8-7. The Golden Eagles beat Oregon 11-6 on Sunday to clinch a spot in the College World Series while UO finished the season 41-22.


University of Oregon Track and Field 2023, Photo by GoDucks.com

The Oregon women finished fourth at the NCAA championships as Jorinde van Klinken captured the discus title for the third year in a row. The transfer from Arizona State also finished second in the shot put to help the Ducks total 44 points.

Izzy Thornton-Bott was the runner-up in the 1,500 meters while teammate Klaudia Kazimierska finished fourth. Oregon finished seventh in both of the relays.

Alysah Hickey scored five points by placing fourth in the long jump for the Ducks.

The lone scorer for the men was Micah Williams, who finished seventh in the 100.

Steve Mims has spent 25 years as a sportswriter, including 21 years at The Register-Guard. He covered University of Oregon athletics from 2013-2020. He works in Eugene as a registered representative and insurance agent at PBC Insurance. He can be reached at smims@pbcins.com.

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