EUGENE, Oregon— David Peterson pitched another solid game, and Gabe Matthews drove in three runs off two doubles as Oregon slipped past the 22nd-ranked Huskies of Washington 4-3 Friday at PK Park.
The junior left handed ace overcame a throwing error and a pair of unearned runs to gain his fifth win on the season. Peterson went seven full innings, giving up only one earned run on six hits while striking out seven without issuing a walk.
Washington (13-8, 3-1) was leading 3-2 in the fifth when after a single from freshman second baseman Morgan McCullough and a walk to redshirt senior centerfielder Jake Bennett, the freshman DH Matthews stroked a double just inside the right field line off Husky starter Jordan Jones (2-4) to drive in both McCullough and Bennett with the go-ahead runs for Oregon (14-5, 3-1).
Flame-throwing freshman right handed closer Kenyon Yovan came on in the eighth and pitched two sterling innings of one-hit ball to pickup his seventh save of the season.
The teams will be back in action Saturday for game two of the series. First pitch from PK Park scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Game notes: Yovan has yet to give up an earned run in twelve innings this season... his seven saves continues to lead the PAC-12... Peterson increased his season strikeout total to 55, which also leads the conference... freshman third baseman Spencer Steer was hit by a pitch for the seventh time this season, leading all PAC-12 batters.