Hunter Breault did not have consecutive scoreless outings during his sophomore season.
The Oregon right-hander put together the two best performances of his college baseball career to start his junior year with 4 1/3 scoreless innings last weekend during the Ducks’ losses to Pepperdine and Grand Canyon.
“Hunter had two outings in a row he could really be proud of,” new UO coach Mark Wasikowski said.
Breault had a 4.03 ERA in 2018 before allowing 12 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings last season.
“A fresh start is always good for a person in my situation whose first two years were not exactly what I wanted,” the 6-foot-2, 224-pounder said. “I came out with two pretty good outings and now I will look to build off that and see what I can do to help this team win games.”
Breault allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings against Pepperdine before tossing two hitless innings against GCU.
“There are times I felt more control than in the past,” he said. “I need to find ways to control that and harness it and use it with every outing I have.”
Breault was a bright spot during the opening weekend when the Ducks went 0-4. Oregon returns to PK Park for a three-game series beginning Friday against Nevada, which is 0-3.
“I think your record will indicate the level of preparation, specifically the consistency of reps put in on practice days,” Wasikowski said. “Our practice days have been inconsistent so leading into the opening weekend, my expectation was that I’d see an inconsistent nine innings of play and it was spot on. As our preparation can stay consistent, you will see that consistency over nine innings.”
Oregon will go back to Cullen Kafka, Peyton Fuller and Robert Ahlstrom in the rotation against the Wolf Pack.
Junior designated hitter Kenyon Yovan leads the Ducks with a .563 average and two homers while senior first baseman Gabe Matthews is batting .471.