With the college baseball season only a month away, accolades are already coming toward the Oregon Ducks. 

On Monday, it was junior reliever Stephen Nogosek who was honored. Nogosek was named a preseason third-team All-American by Perfect Game, becoming one of only six relief pitchers named to the preseason All-America rosters. 

Nogosek was 6-3 last season with a 2.02 ERA in 39 appearances coming out of the bullpen. He was used as Oregon’s primary setup man to get to Garrett Cleavinger in the closer’s role. But with Cleavinger gone following the summer MLB Draft, Nogosek is slotted to move into the stopper role. 

He struck out 60 batters in 58 innings last season while limiting batters to a .196 batting average against. 

Matt Krook, Oregon’s left-handed redshirt sophomore, was named to Lousville Slugger’s preseason All-America third team in December. 

And while Nogosek and Krook have been individually honored, the Ducks have found themselves looked upon favorably as a whole. In Tuesday’s released D1baseball.com preseason rankings, Oregon is ranked 14th. The Ducks were also ranked 14th by Collegiate Baseball last month. 

Oregon returns seven starting position players from last year’s roster and hope to thrive with a rotation featuring Krook and returners Cole Irvin and David Peterson. 

Oregon went 38-25 last season before being eliminated in the Springfield Regional of the NCAA Tournament. 

Onto the links: 

Oregon finishes with its lowest AP ranking since 2007. 

Ducks get a new quarterback coach. 

Parity in Pac-12 doesn’t always mean more eyes.

No Ducks in Top 25.  

Casey Benson finds the shooting touch. 

Better things ahead for women’s basketball. 

— Tyson Alger

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