EUGENE, Oregon— Oregon Ace David Peterson lost his first game since February, and the Ducks’ offense came up short, as the visiting Stanford Cardinal took game one of their three game series against Oregon 4-3 Friday evening at PK Park.
The junior left hander Peterson had won eight in a row coming into Friday night’s action, but Stanford (21-12, 6-7) was able to scratch and claw their way to four runs and ten hits off Oregon’s number one pitcher, including this nice piece of hit-and-run, courtesy of Cardinal right fielder Brandon Wulff and third baseman Mikey Diekroeger:
For the game, Peterson (8-2) gave up the aforementioned four runs and ten hits while striking out five without issuing a walk in his seven innings of work. In his seven previous starts, Peterson had an ERA of 0.56; Friday, he had given up four runs by the sixth inning. Senior right handed reliever Cooper Stiles pitched two perfect innings to finish things up for Oregon (23-11, 6-7).
Oregon’s offense could never get untracked Friday, as Cardinal starter Kris Bubic (3-6) did his best David Peterson impression, striking out seven Ducks on his way to the win. For the game, Bubic pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits with three walks to go with the seven K’s. Stanford reliever Colton Hock pitched two and two-thirds innings to pick up his ninth save on the season.
Oregon’s offense had their opportunities, but could never sustain any rallies, eventually leaving ten men stranded for the game. Good Cardinal defense didn’t help matters either, including this gem by Stanford shortstop Nico Hoerner to just nip Oregon freshman right fielder Matthew Dyer at first:
Bright spots for Oregon include freshman first baseman Gabe Matthews who hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot, in the second, and junior shortstop Kyle Kasser who went 3-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
The two teams continue their series today at PK Park, with the first pitch of game two scheduled for 2:00 pm.