Home Derby Field for Alumni Weekend

Home Derby Field for Alumni Weekend

Home Derby Field for Alumni Weekend

EUGENE, Ore. – The field is set for Saturday’s inaugural Alumni Weekend Home Run Derby with 16 former Ducks vying to take home the first Ducks Home Run Derby crown.

The field is made up of Ducks who played between 2009 and 2021 and includes both former pitchers and hitters. A pair of Major League Baseball pitchers highlight the field with David Peterson (New York Mets) and Jake Reed (Los Angeles Dodgers/New York Mets/Baltimore Orioles) participating in the derby. Gabe Matthews i Kenyon Yovan highlight former batsmen competing for the crown. Yovan ranks fourth all-time in career home runs at Oregon with 24, while Matthews is fifth with 22.

The home run derby starts at 2pm at PK Park. Ducks fans are invited to attend and bring their own snacks and drinks as part of their football tailgating experience before the Oregon vs. Utah football game.

Robert Ahlstrom (2019-21)

Ahlstrom spent three seasons in a Ducks uniform earning first-team All-Pac-12 Conference as a starting pitcher in 2021. The Ducks lefty also earned second-team All-West Region honors in ‘ABCA/Rawlings after finishing the year with a 9-3 record and 2.50 ERA while earning Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors. Ahlstrom was selected in the seventh round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees and was later traded to the Texas Rangers. He finished the 2022 season with the High-A Hickory Crawdads.

Jake Bennett (2016-17)

Bennett spent two seasons at Oregon after transferring from Western Nevada College. Bennett started 95 games during his two seasons in Eugene, including 55 as a senior. The Forest Grove native earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention as a junior after leading the Ducks in batting average and on-base percentage while starting the final 39 games of the season.

Hunter Breault (2018-2021)

Breault spent four seasons with the Ducks culminating in a trip to the NCAA Eugene Regional in 2021. The Hawaii native was a key component in the back end of Oregon’s bullpen during the 2020 and 2021 seasons making 22 of the 50 career appearances. Breault was selected in the 20th round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s and spent this summer playing for the Single-A Stockton Ports.

Drew Gagnier (2009-10)

A member of Oregon’s first two baseball modern era teams, Gagnier was the Ducks’ shortstop in 2009 and earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference honors. As a redshirt junior, Gagnier finished his career with 11 saves, an Oregon program record at the time. Gagnier was drafted in the 17th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers and spent three seasons playing professional baseball.

Jakob Goldfarb (2015-19)

Goldfarb spent five seasons at Oregon finishing among the program’s all-time leaders in hits, doubles, walks, hits by pitch and field assists. He played in 183 games in a Ducks uniform, starting 152 while batting over .300 each of his final two seasons in Eugene. Goldfarb, a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic Conference selection, earned Pac-12 All-Field Honorable Mention in 2018. Selected in the 24th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox, Goldfarb is still playing professionally. .

Joey Housey (2009-12)

A member of Oregon’s first four baseball modern era teams, Housey had a successful career on the field and in the classroom. A three-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection, Housey was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team in 2012. Housey finished his career in the top 10 all-time at Oregon in appearances from a single season, one season. games completed, single-season lowest opponent batting average, career games completed, and career lowest opponent batting average. Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 27th round of the 2012 MLB Draft, Housey spent three seasons playing professional baseball.

Jack Karraker (2014-16)

One of two Karraker brothers competing in the home run derby, Jack Karraker spent three seasons at Oregon making the starting rotation in 2015 before suffering a season-ending injury that ended the year with a 1.29 ERA in five starts. Karraker battled through injury to make 14 appearances during the 2016 season while holding opposing hitters to a .217 batting average.

Mitch Karraker (2009-11)

Mitch Karraker, the second Karraker brother to compete today, spent 11 seasons with the program starting as a player in 2009 and ending his tenure as a volunteer coach in 2019. Currently the head coach at Fresno City College, Karraker played 82 parties during his three years. with the Ducks and batted .300 for the 2010 NCAA Regional Tournament team.

Gabe Matthews (2017-21)

Matthews spent five seasons with the Ducks finishing his career as the program’s all-time leader in hits, RBIs, runs scored, doubles, multi-hit games and at-bats while ranking in the top 10 in 14 batting categories. career Matthews earned Pac-12 third-team Collegiate Baseball All-America and first-team honors in 2021 while helping lead Oregon to the Regional Tournament. A dual threat at the plate and in the field, Matthews is one of three Ducks all-time to be named to the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove team.

Andrew Mendenhall (2010-13)

Mendenhall spent four seasons in Eugene, playing in 122 games over his first three seasons. He was a member of two teams that advanced to the NCAA Regionals, including the 2012 team that finished its first season with a College World Series victory. While playing summer ball, Mendenhall earned second-team all-West Coast League honors and played in the 2011 West Coast League All-Star Game.

Ryne Nelson (2017-19)

A two-way player from Oregon, Nelson earned All-Pac-12 honors on the mound his final two seasons while also serving as Oregon’s starting shortstop in 2018. As a junior, he was named All-Conference -Pac-12 first team after leading the league. with 104 strikeouts in just 65 innings pitched while finishing fourth in the nation with a 14.40 strikeout ratio. A second-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Nelson made his major league debut on September 5, 2022.

Steven Packard (2010, 2013-16)

A member of three of Oregon’s NCAA regional qualifying teams, Steven Packard hit a career-best .333 during his true freshman season in 2010. After spending time on a church mission, Packard returned to play four more seasons with the Ducks. Packard played in 184 games at Oregon while making 130 starts.

David Peterson (2015-17)

Oregon’s first consensus All-American, David Peterson pitched for three seasons for the Ducks earning ABCA, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game First Team All-America honors following his junior season. Peterson finished his final season in Eugene with an 11-4 record and a 2.51 ERA while striking out a school-record 140 batters. A first-round pick and No. 20 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft by the New York Mets, Peterson has spent most of the past three seasons in the Major Leagues.

Jake Reed (2012-2014)

A member of three consecutive NCAA Regional teams, Reed earned first-team All-America honors in his first season and first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors his final season as a Duck. His 18 career wins rank eighth all-time at Oregon, while his 13 saves are fifth all-time in program history. Selected in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, Reed has spent parts of the past three seasons in the big leagues playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles.

Brayden Stutzman (2017-18)

After redshirting during the 2016 season, Stutzman earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team in 2017 and 2018 before graduating in three years with a 4.02 ERA in Economics. Stutzman made two starts during his two seasons with 49 games played.

Kenyon Yovan (2017-21)

The first player in school history to earn All-America honors as a pitcher and hitter, Yovan spent five seasons playing for the Ducks. As a freshman, the Ducks claimed NCBWA First Team All-America honors after finishing with 15 saves. During the 2020 season, Yovan was named a first-team All-American at DH by Collegiate Baseball. After being drafted twice, Yovan signed with the Los Angeles Angels as an outfielder. At the end of the 2022 season, he returned to the mound in the Angels organization finishing with a 1.77 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched.

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