“Once I got going and the adrenaline going, I felt a lot better and got I settled in,” said Peterson on his performance.
Jake Bennett was the offensive hero for Oregon as he pushed across the only two runs the Ducks would need. His first RBI came off a fielder's choice to the first baseman and his second RBI came from a sacrifice fly to right field.
Eric Lex got the nod for the Broncos as he went six and a third innings striking out two batters on 104 pitches while walking three and surrendering two runs. The Broncos bullpen took over in the bottom of the seventh, striking out two and walking only one batter.
Kenyon Yovan came in for relief in the top of the eighth inning and pitched one and two-thirds innings, striking out four, and instantly shutting the door on the Broncos.
Yovan ran into some trouble late in the ninth inning when he had runners at second and third base after giving up a single to Andre Nnebe and a double to Matt Smithwick. Yovan would throw a wild pitch that Tim Susnara couldn’t handle and it allowed Nnebe to score from third and advancing Smithwick to third. Yovan would get the next batter to strikeout to end the threat and the game, picking up his fourth save of the season.
“What we haven’t been able to do as well is, I’d like our team to put someone away,” Head Coach George Horton said on his team’s lack of ability to cleanly close out games.
The Ducks will send RHP Matt Mercer (1-1, 2.20 ERA) to the mound to face Grant Nechak of Santa Clara (1-2, 4.11 ERA) in Game 3 of 4 at PK Park. First pitch is at 2:03 p.m. PST.