It was a long night for the Ducks at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno on Saturday, as Oregon was trounced by Fresno State 9-1 in the season opener for both teams. Oregon’s starter, junior David Peterson (0-1), was knocked around for five runs on eight hits in just four innings, while the Ducks’ bats were kept silent by the Bulldogs’ starter Ricky Thomas (1-0), who held Oregon to only one run on two hits through six solid innings. Thomas also managed to strike out nine batters without issuing a walk. Reliever JJ Santa Cruz pitched three shutout innings to pick up his first save of the season.
Peterson started the game strong, retiring the Bulldogs in order in the first; but the floodgates opened in the second, as Fresno State batted around, tagging the Ducks’ hurler for six singles and a double before the side was finally retired. Peterson held the Bulldogs in check through the third and fourth innings, allowing only one hit, but the damage had been done.
The lone bright spot in the Ducks’ batting order came courtesy of a solo home run by junior shortstop Daniel Patzlaff in the fifth inning. Freshman second baseman Spencer Speer had the only other extra base hit for the Ducks— a double-- in the 8th.
Fresno State first baseman Aaron Arruda led the Bulldogs’ attack with a double and a solo home run.
The battered Ducks will need to rebound quickly, as they continue their series against Fresno State with a double-header Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:05 pm.