Rikuu Nishida and Oregon took home the Pac-12 title. (Shotgun Spratling)


Maturation of freshman pitchers transforms Oregon into Pac-12 champions


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Turner Spoljaric wasn’t supposed to be in this situation, not yet at least. 

The talented Oregon righthander is expected to be a big piece of the Ducks’ future, but Saturday night in Scottsdale Stadium, it was about the present and head coach Mark Wasikowski turned to Spoljaric to start the Pac-12 Tournament championship game against Arizona.

Two days earlier, Stanford had banged Spoljaric around for six runs, chasing him in the second inning. But with youthful exuberance, the freshman Spoljaric was ready to take the baseball and get back on the mound.

“I want the ball. I[…]


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