EUGENE, Oregon— David Peterson’s late season swoon continued, and the Oregon offense started the holiday weekend early as Griffin Canning pitched a four-hit complete game as the Bruins of UCLA shut-out the Ducks 6-0 Thursday at PK Park.
The UCLA junior right hander Canning (7-3) made it look easy, allowing only four base hits, all singles, and never allowed a Duck baserunner beyond second in picking up his third shutout of the season, all on the road. Canning also struck out ten while walking only two.
In what looked to be a classic Pitcher’s Duel on paper, the junior lefty Peterson (11-4) struggled in what could be his final career start for Oregon, giving up four earned runs for the second time in three starts. For the game Peterson gave up seven hits while striking out nine and walking two in his seven innings of work. Righties freshman James Acuna and sophomore Parker Kelly each pitched an inning in relief in mop-up roles.
The offensive star of the game for Oregon (29-24, 11-17), such as it were, was sophomore second baseman Morgan McCullough, who went 2-4. Unfortunately he also struck out twice. For UCLA (29-24, 18-10), catcher Daniel Rosica went 2-3 with an RBI double to pace the Bruins.
The Ducks play their penultimate game of the season tonight, taking on UCLA in Game Two of their three game series. First pitch from PK Park is scheduled for 6:00 pm.