Junior lefty David Peterson struck out a career and program high 17 batters and Kyle Kasser’s fifth inning home run gave the Oregon Ducks a 1-0 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Ducks’ 2017 home opener Friday evening at PK Park.
Peterson was dialed in from the first pitch, allowing only three hits and walking none to improve his season record to 2-1 on the year.
Kenyon Yovan earned the save in relief – his third of the year – but not before surrendering a pair of ninth inning hits then stranding a pair of Bulldogs on second and third with a strike out to end the game.
Kasser took a two out, 2-1 pitch to deep right center field for the game’s only run.
“It still doesn’t feel real… it was a special moment …. It was a fastball,” he said. “I was looking for something I could hit a line drive on. I got my hands out and put a good swing on it.”
“I felt good right out of the gate,” Peterson said of his record setting outing. “I just felt completely ‘there’… mentally, physically. Once I started the game it just felt like everything was there.”
Each team was credited with five base hits and the game’s two errors were both committed by the Ducks. Oregon was also the beneficiary of six walks by three Bulldog pitchers.
The win improves Oregon’s season record to 5-3 while the Bulldogs slipped to 6-4. Game two of the three game series is set for Saturday at 2:00 pm with Sunday’s finale schedule to start at noon.
~ Rick Morgan