The first two innings were a little rough on Peterson as he gave up three runs on four hits but settled in and recorded his first two strikeouts in the top of the fourth. Peterson went seven strong innings giving up four earned runs on 10 hits while striking out five with no walks.
“Well I think they took advantage of pitches I didn’t execute and that was the difference in the game,” said David Peterson about his performance.
Cooper Stiles was called upon for Oregon to relieve Peterson in the top of the eighth inning and was lights out as he struck out the first two batters and got the third to ground out. Stiles pitched two perfect innings which kept the Ducks in the game.
Dan Bakst opened up the scoring for Stanford with a two out RBI double to center field. An inning later, Brandon Wulff would single in Mikey DieKroeger and a couple batters later Matt Winaker would hit sac fly to score Wulff, giving the Cardinal an early 3-0 lead.
Kris Bubic was stellar on the mound for the Cardinal as he kept the Ducks hitters unbalanced and not able to see the ball real well. Bubic had seven strikeouts through six and third innings of play while only surrendering two runs from a solo homer by Gabe Matthews in the bottom of the second and an RBI single by Jake Bennett.
“We didn’t adjust early enough I don’t think against the left hander," said George Horton of Bubic. "He did a nice job, he had that glove side fastball working very good.”
Stanford turned to Eric MIller to pitch the rest of the seventh inning but gave up an RBI single to Spencer Steer, which cut the Cardinals lead to 4-3, before being removed for Colton Hock. Out of the bullpen, Hock shut down the rest of the Ducks lineup giving up only two hits while walking one batter with three strikeouts.
The Ducks take on the Cardinal in game two of three tomorrow with first pitch coming at 2:00 p.m. PT.