Peterson was shaky in the first four innings before settling down and taking control over the Huskies batters. Peterson pitched seven innings giving up six hits, three runs, one earned with seven strikeouts before being relieved by Kenyon Yovan for the top of the eighth. In his previous start, Peterson went six shutout innings on nine hits and eight strikeouts.
Gabe Matthews followed
Gabe Matthews followedup McCullough's at bat with a ground rule double to deep right scoring McCullough and giving the Ducks an early 2-1 lead.
“He came in with a change-up and I swung through it and I knew the next pitch was going to be a fastball,” admitted McCullough. “I pieced it up well and luckily it got over the fielder's head.”
In the bottom of the fifth inning with the Ducks trailing 3-2 to Washington, Matthews stepped into the batter's box and once again hit a crushing double down the right field line scoring two more runs, 4-3, to put the Ducks up for good.
“He (Washington pitcher Jordan Jones) came inside twice, one was called strike the other was a ball," said Matthews on his game winning hit. "I knew he was coming in again and I stayed on well enough to keep it fair,”
Both McCullough and Matthews combined for four hits but Matthews was the RBI king for the Ducks has he collected three on the night.
Kenyon Yovan came in for some relief pitching and was sensational in the two innings he pitched striking out one batter, allowing one hit, no walks or runs scored. With the win, Peterson is now 5-1 as a starter and Yovan picks up his seventh save of the season.
The Huskies sent RHP Jordan Jones to the pitcher's circle. Jones went five innings giving up six hits, two strikeouts and three earned runs in the loss to Indiana State during his last outing. Jones was the opposite of Peterson as he was able to get into a groove after a 28 pitch first inning. Jones was cruising right along after a little hick-up in the bottom of the first. The bottom of the fifth was when things started to unfold as Jones was teed up for three hits and two earned runs off of a Matthews double.
Right fielder MJ Hubbs highlighted the night for Washington has he had two hits on three at bats while knocking in one of the three runs for the Huskies.
Washington sends RHP Josh Burgmann (0-0, 7.90 ERA) up against RHP Matt Mercer (3-1, 1.84 ERA) for the Ducks with the second game of series starting at 7:05 p.m. Pacific on Saturday at PK Park.