Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 | 3:44 p.m.
Tyler Anderson, a freshman left-hander who played at Las Vegas' Spring Valley High School, scattered eight hits in 5 2/3 innings while walking four and striking out five Saint Mary's batters to earn the pitching decision in Oregon's 5-3 victory Friday.
It was the Ducks' first college baseball win in 28 years.
Lest you confuse the Oregon baseball team with the Kansas City Royals, it should be pointed out that it also was Oregon's first game since the 1980-81 season, when it dropped baseball.
Even more noteworthy than Anderson's performance was that nobody lost a fly ball in the Ducks' uniforms. Unlike its football team, whose uniforms should come with a warning that viewing them without eye protection could result in a burned retina, the Oregon nine wore traditional baseball uniforms -- gray vests with green pinstripes, gray pants with green pinstripes, solid green caps.
Nike has outfitted the Ducks with six uniform styles, five of which are understated and one of which features a green jersey with a giant yellow "O' on the front.
The "O" is roughly the size of Barry Bonds' head.
I didn't much care for the dress that Miley Cyrus wore to the Oscars Sunday night. But it sure beat the uniform J.R. Richard wore when he pitched for the Astros.