Trojans Unable to Get to Ducks' Ace, Fall 6-2 to Oregon|
May 19, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans were unable to get to Oregon ace lefthander David Peterson, falling 6-2 in game one of the series on Friday evening at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (19-30, 6-19 Pac-12) struggled to get Oregon’s (27-22, 10-15 Pac-12) star Peterson, but broke through in the fifth inning. Frankie Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) broke up Peterson’s no-hit bid with a single to right. Corey Dempster (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) doubled down the left field line, first and only extra base hit for the day for the Trojans to put two in scoring position with nobody out. Blake Sabol (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS) legged out an infield single to bring home Rios to put the Trojans on the board and then Cris Perez (Miami, Fla./Duke) tallied an RBI ground out for the second run of the day, pulling the Trojans within two at the time.
In his first start of his career, Connor Lunn (Carlsbad, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) was a bit shaky in the first, but allowed just one run to the Ducks, stranding the bases loaded. He then put up zeros until the fourth, when the Ducks tallied three runs on four hits to push their lead to 4-0. He ended his day after the fourth, allowing the four runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts as he battled down the stretch.
After the Trojans touched up Peterson for the two runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull within two, reliever Chris Clarke (Westlake Village, Calif./Newbury Park HS) allowed a two-run home run to the Ducks’ Morgan McCullough, his first of the year to push their lead to 6-2.
That was all Peterson needed, scattering five hits on the day, allowing just the two runs with one walk and nine strikeouts in seven innings of work. Reliever Brac Warren put up a zero in the eighth and in the ninth Trojan pinch hitter David Edson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran HS) led off the inning with a single off reliever Yovan Kenyon, but the Ducks closer shut things down the rest of the way.
Trojan reliever Clarke finished things off for the Trojans, going five-complete, allowing two runs on just four hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Lunn fell to 0-3 on the season with the loss, while Peterson advanced to 11-3 for the Ducks.
Gabe Matthews led the way for the Ducks with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, while McCullough was also 3-for-5, driving in three runs.
The Trojans and Ducks will be back in action for game two of the series at 4 p.m. PT on Saturday at Dedeaux Field. First 1,000 fans receive a Fred Lynn bobblehead. Get your tickets at the gate or at usctrojans.com/tickets.