Surprising Ducks poised to claim league baseball title

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Oregon baseball coach George Horton has his players in the weight room at 6:20 every morning.

He knows it's a brutal hour for college students and usually there are stragglers.

But not this season. Only one player has ever reported late.

Horton says that dedication is mirrored in the team's play.

Oregon, which revived its baseball program just four seasons ago, leads the Pac-12 with a school-record 42 wins. Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Ducks could clinch the conference title when they visit rival Oregon State this weekend for a three-game series to wrap up the regular season.

If everything falls into place, the Ducks would be awarded one of the eight national seeds and host an NCAA tournament regional at PK Park next week.

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