Oregon Ducks fall to LSU in Eugene regional round, season over


The Oregon Ducks season ended in the regional round of the NCAA Tournament, losing to LSU 9-8.

The Ducks had a 7-6 lead during the seventh inning before the Tigers rallied and took a 9-7 lead and never looked back.

LSU’s closeout win came a day after they beat the Ducks 4-1, and advanced to the Super Regionals on a four-game winning streak to face the No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers.

“It's really bitter and fresh right now," Ducks head coach Mark Wasikowski said. "I'm so proud of the team I got to coach this year. Really disappointed it didn't continue to go past this weekend."

Although the season didn’t end the way the Ducks would’ve wanted, there’s hope for the program going forward. This year marked the end of a five-year postseason drought and their 39 wins this season are their most since 2014.

Another positive is six Ducks were named to All-Region. Pitcher Robert Ahlstrom and hitters Anthony Hall, who hit a team-high .375 with two homers and seven RBIs; Sam Novitske, who hit .357 and stole two bases; Aaron Zavala, who hit .333 with two homers and six runs scored; Tanner Smith, who hit .333 as well; and Kenyon Yovan, who had three homers, six RBIs and five runs scored.

The team made the jump from being average in the last few seasons when George Horton was their coach to making a leap towards being a contender.