Oregon’s Rikuu Nishida goes viral for opposite field home run using wooden bat

Oregon infielder Rikuu Nishida goes viral on Twitter after hitting his first profession residence run over the weekend to assist the Ducks full a four-game sweep of San Diego, however it’s his strategy on the plate that has individuals shocked.

The junior from Japan put the Ducks on the board first with a solo residence run within the first inning of Sunday’s recreation, an reverse discipline homer off a pitch from sophomore righty Morgan Luceford. 

Oregon Ducks hats line the dugout during the PAC12 Baseball Tournament on May 25, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Oregon Ducks hats line the dugout throughout the PAC12 Baseball Tournament on May 25, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire through Getty Images)

The spectacular feat was made even higher by the truth that Nishida opted for a wood bat. 

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“So good, so good,” Nishida stated of his first profession residence run, through the group’s web site. “Yes, it was my first time hitting a home run since I came here. It was fun.”

While Major League Baseball requires gamers to make use of wood bats, collegiate gamers have the choice to decide on however normally go for steel bats for plenty of causes. 

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A junior faculty switch from Mt. Hood Community College, Nishida was a two-time ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association Division All-America choice. 

Second baseman Rikuu Nishida

Second baseman Rikuu Nishida (Reuters)

He additionally performed summer season ball within the Cape Cod Baseball League the place he led the league in stolen bases (28) and was named a CCBL All-Star. 

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Oregon went on to hit two extra solo residence runs in Sunday’s 5-1 win over San Diego to brush the collection.

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