David Peterson, Oregon

David Peterson, Oregon (Shotgun Spratling)


Oregon’s Peterson Bounces Back


LOS ANGELES — Two years of trial and error have given Oregon lefthander David Peterson a bevy of information and experiences to look back on whenever he meets a challenge on the mound. Last week, he struggled in a rivalry matchup with No. 1 Oregon State.

“I just had to take a look at what I did last week. Maybe I over-competed or got a little too much out of myself,” Peterson said.

Pitching coach Jason Dietrich agreed. Sometimes Peterson tries to put the team on his shoulders and do everything himself. He overthrows and gets out of his mechanics. It’s something Peterson has been working on in Dietrich’s first season with the Ducks. With Oregon stumbling down the stretch, the team needed its ace to bounce back Friday night against USC.

“This week, he took a step back and said, ‘I just need to get back to being me and keep it simple and trust in my routine and attacking the glove,'” Dietrich said. “That guy, he just wants the ball and competes his butt off whether his stuff is plus or not.”

He flashed his best stuff and showed his complete game in a 6-2 Oregon win at Dedeaux Field. Peterson pitched seven innings, striking out nine. He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk. He gave the Ducks exactly what they needed.

“I thought he was back to normal. He dodged a couple of bullets and the two-run inning was a little bit unfortunate,” head coach George Horton said. “But I thought David had his good stuff and was happy to see us score some runs finally and get him a win.”

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