The Oregon baseball team didn't want or get too much time to dwell on Cal State Fullerton.
Two days after being swept by the Titans, Oregon (8-3) will host Seattle University (5-6) in a doubleheader today beginning at 3 p.m. at PK Park. The Ducks and Redhawks were originally scheduled to play today and Wednesday, but weather concerns caused the coaches to switch to two games today.
Oregon fell five spots to No. 14 in the Baseball America rankings on Monday after losing three straight games to Fullerton, which moved up a spot to No. 4.
"What real men do is get up off the deck when they get knocked down," Oregon coach George Horton said. "I don't think we're a crummy baseball team. I think we're a good baseball team."
After losing the first game to Fullerton 9-2, the Ducks lost 3-2 and 5-4 during the weekend.
"We've lost two one-run games in a row," Horton said. "The success of last year and the year before was winning those close games."
The Ducks gained some confidence after playing close in the final two games against the Titans, who were ranked No. 1 in three preseason polls.
"We played well these last two days," second baseman Aaron Payne said. "You need a little more to win, a couple breaks our way. We proved we can play with the best of them. The last two games we played well enough to win. A couple breaks here and there, and it could go different. We're right there."
Oregon is scheduled to play five nonconference games at home this week before opening Pac-12 play on March 14 against USC. The Ducks will now have two days off after facing Seattle before hosting three games against Ohio State (7-3) starting Friday.
"We've got Seattle next and we just have to think about that and put this behind us," outfielder Kyle Garlick, who leads the team with a .394 batting average, said after Sunday's loss to Fullerton.
Oregon is expected to start Jeff Gold (2-0, 2.45 ERA) and Brando Tessar (0-0, 0.00) today.
Gold will make his third start after allowing one run in six innings at Hawaii and two runs in five innings last week against Portland. Tessar was a weekend starter for the Ducks in 2012 but battled injuries at the end of that season and pitched in only four games last year. He has thrown five scoreless innings this season including three against Cal State Fullerton on Friday.
"That was one of the silver linings in this weekend, (Tessar's) three innings," Horton said.
The Redhawks began the season 4-1 but have lost five of six while playing every game so far on the road. Seattle took three of four games at UC Davis and split a four-game series with Cal State Northridge before being swept in three games last weekend at BYU.