Senior outfielder Connor Hofmann has asked for his release from the Oregon baseball team, according to head coach George Horton. The San Diego, Calif., native is in his fourth year with the Ducks.
Before his request for a release, Hofmann was hitting .222 (6-for-27) with five RBIs and two runs scored on the season.
“He has decided to move on,” Horton said after Tuesday’s 8-4 loss to San Francisco. “I haven’t even talked to him yet.”
Hofmann appeared in 11 games this season, starting in eight. He was the eighth place hitter in the lineup through eight starts which came against Hawaii, Loyola Marymount, Portland and Cal State Fullerton.
Hofmann was not included on the travel list before Oregon’s current 10-game road trip, which Horton noted after Tuesday’s loss.
“I know he asked for his release because he didn’t make the travel list,” Horton said. “We’ve had other athletes not make travel lists and wait their turn.”
Hofmann lost his spot in the outfield in large part to the success of freshman Austin Grebeck. Grebeck is hitting .270 on the season in the two spot of the lineup with nine RBIs and has yet to commit an error. Being on a team where outs are precious, Grebeck has 36 more at-bats than Hofmann does and has just one more strikeout (9).
Hofmann’s best year as a Duck came in 2012 where he finished the season with a .239 batting average, three home runs and 14 RBIs in 142 at bats.
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