“Just in general it’s always my job to start the weekend off right and give the best start I can, obviously we wanted to win bad and we came out with good energy as a team and I felt like it was there for us and whatever came our way we were going to overcome it,” David Peterson said.
From the first pitch until the last, Peterson was in his own element as he whiffed 20 batters and gave up four hits in the two hour contest. Peterson’s off speed pitches locked up batters as if they couldn’t lift the bat off their shoulders. Peterson would stay in and pitched all nine innings to get the complete game moving his record to 9-2.
“I could see he (Oregon Head Coach George Horton) wanted me to go out there if I was good enough and I was," revealed Peterson on closing out the game. "I wanted it bad.”
The Sun Devils had a mental let down in the fourth inning when the Ducks had runners on the corners. Matthew Dyer laid down a punt that rolled down the first base line, when pitcher ASU Eder Erives picked up the ball to throw to first for the out, the second baseman had forgotten to cover the base which allowed Spencer Steer to score from third giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
Two batters later A.J. Balta got a fielder's choice which also caused Gabe Matthews to be involved in a run down between home and third. Matthews would eventually score when the third baseman muffed on an attempt to tag him out. The ball rolled a few feet away and that’s how Matthews was able to score on the error.
For ASU there wasn’t much excitement as they were only able to get four hits in the contest and two of those for hits came from Taylor Lane who went 2-of-3. Andrew Shaps and Hunter Bishop each had a hit for the Devils but that was about it.
Eder Erives would fall to 0-2 on the season after pitching eight strong innings giving up four hits as well. Erives was only charged with one earned run in the outing but he walked three batters while striking out four.
The Ducks and Devils square off in the second game of three tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Pacific with coverage on Oregon Live Stream.