“He definitely looked nervous his first inning,” said Head Coach George Horton on Acuna’s first college start. “I went over to try and make him laugh and smile.”
Spencer Steer who had one hit in three at bats got the scoring going for the Ducks in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single to center field that scored Tim Susnara. Two batters later Kyle Kasser would hit a hard grounder down the first base line bringing in Steer from second bases. Kasser went 3-4 collecting two RBIs on the night.
Morgan McCullough went 2-4 with a two out, two RBI triple in the bottom of the third inning that would give the Ducks a 6-0 lead.
“It felt good to get the swing going and helping the team out in the way I want to,” McCullough said of his triple.
Kelly Parker came into the game to relieve Acuna, pitched two innings and struck out three earning his first win of the young season. Oregon’s bullpen pitched five innings setting down 10 batters to only surrender two runs late in the eighth inning on an error by center fielder Carson Breshears.
“That was a tough play for Breshears coming off the bench cold,” commented Horton on the miscue in the outfield.
Jacob Steffens went five innings giving up eight hits, six earned runs, six HBP (hit batters) and two strikeouts before leaving the game for bench duty. With the loss, Steffens falls to 1-2 on the year. Santa Clara bullpen came in and pitched three straight shutout innings allowing no runs or hits.
Niko Holm of the Broncos had the best stats tonight going 2-3 with two hits and scoring a run on the error in the eighth inning.
The Ducks have David Peterson on the mound facing off against Eric Lex in Game 2 of the 4-game series tomorrow. 6 p.m. PST at PK Park.