George Horton walked into PK Park a few weeks ago and looked up at the sun.
"Must be a practice day," the Oregon baseball coach joked.
He was right.
However, the Ducks may finally see baseball weather when they host Utah for three games with high temperatures predicted for 63 degrees Friday, 76 on Saturday and 82 on Sunday. The final two days could provide Oregon fans with their first chance all season to watch a Pac-12 game in temperatures above 70.
Oregon has had three home games postponed because of rain and an average temperature of 54.9 degrees for its 20 home games. Rain has been in the forecast for most games, and the Ducks have played through a drizzle for numerous innings.
The weather has caused Oregon to get creative when listing the official weather report for each game. Some of the listings include:
"Super nice if you like it cold"
"Not swimsuit weather"
"Very slight chance of warm"
"Pasty white legs in the stands"
"Cloud-tastic w/some brrrrrrrr"
"I got drenched on my way here"
The postponements have forced the Ducks to play three doubleheaders at home, including March 24 against California when the high temperature reached 47 degrees.
"Think I saw a polar bear" was the weather report for the first game, followed by "... and a penguin" for the nightcap.
Four home games were played in temperatures below 40 degrees. The weather has been above 60 for three games, including a high of 73 during Tuesday's 10-0 nonconference loss to Oregon State.
The combination of bad weather and a team in the bottom half of the conference standings has led to an average attendance of 933 this year. Last season's average of 1,513 was the lowest since the Ducks brought baseball back in 2009.
For the first time all season, Oregon heads into a Pac-12 series at home not having to make contingency plans for rain when the Utes arrive Friday.
Oregon (22-24), which is eighth in the Pac-12 at 8-13, will keep sophomore Kenyon Yovan (4-3, 2.54 ERA) at the top of its pitching rotation for the second straight week followed by Matt Mercer (4-5, 3.62) and Kolby Somers (2-6, 4.20).
The Ducks rank last in the conference with a .236 batting average that is 279th out of 297 Division I teams as they prepare to face the Pac-12's worst pitching staff with an ERA of 6.61. Utah, which ranks 272nd nationally in ERA, will start Tanner Thomas (3-3, 6.06), Josh Tedeschi (1-8, 6.20) and Josh Lapiana (2-3, 7.82).