EUGENE, Oregon— David Peterson dazzled on the mound, and Kyle Kasser provided the offense, as the Ducks survived a pitchers’ duel with Mississippi State, beating the Bulldogs 1-0 Friday evening at a soggy PK Park.
The junior lefthander befuddled the Bulldogs batters all night, striking out 17 to break the all-time Duck single-game strikeout mark previously held by Tyler Anderson, who struck out 14 against Long Beach State in 2011. Peterson (2-1) ended his evening going eight innings while only giving up three hits without issuing a walk. Freshman Kenyon Yovan came in and pitched a scoreless ninth to record his third save of the season.
MSU starter Konnor Pilkington (1-2) was nearly as strong as Peterson, allowing only two singles through the first four and two-thirds innings before junior first baseman Kasser drove a fastball over the right field fence for his first career home run, giving the Ducks a lead they would not relinquish. Pilkington wound up pitching seven solid innings in the loss, giving up five hits while striking out seven.
Oregon (5-3) and Mississippi State (6-4) continue their three-game series Saturday at PK Park, with the first scheduled for 2:00 pm.