The highly anticipated showdown between two likely first round MLB picks David Peterson of Oregon and UCLA’s Griffin Canning swung in the Bruins favor with a three-run third inning with the Ducks falling 6-0 Thursday evening at PK Park.
The match-up of two of the top pitchers in collegiate baseball turned anticlimactic when with two out and a runner on third in the top of the third Peterson hit UCLA batter Sean Bouchard on an 0-2 pitch.
“I was trying too hard and just got away from what I wanted to do,” Peterson said of the back-to-back walks and a single that followed. “Very disappointed.”
The Bruins added an insurance run in the fourth and for good measure, another pair in the eighth, more than enough for Canning on this night.
“He was getting all four of his pitches across for strikes,” said Oregon shortstop Kyle Kasser. The ace of the Bruins staff held the Ducks to four hits and struck out 10 to improve his season record to 7-3 with the complete game shut-out.
Not until the ninth inning did the Ducks advance a runner to second base or have multiple runners on board.
Peterson – a junior who likely pitched his last collegiate game at PK Park – slipped to 11-4 on the year, giving up seven hits, four runs and striking out nine in seven innings of work.
Game two of the three game series is set for Friday evening at 6:00 pm.