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College  | Story  | 4/19/2015

Sat. recap: Ducks big over USC

Jheremy Brown      Scott Zine     
Photo: Eric Evans


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Oregon 15, No. 13 Southern California 4

With the Trojans taking game one of the series from the Ducks Friday night in convincing fashion, they turned to junior lefthanded pitcher Kyle Twomey, who in his last start dominated crosstown rival UCLA throwing seven scoreless innings taking him to a 6-1 record on the year. The Ducks called upon 6-foot-6 lefty freshman David Peterson to even the series at a game apiece.

The Ducks repaid the favor Saturday afternoon. USC’s Twomey struggled right away in the first inning with his fastball command walking one and hitting two more, loading the bases with one out. A couple of deep counts later Twomey recovered, punching out the Ducks back-to-back and getting out of what could have been a potentially big inning. Twomey would not be as lucky in the second inning. Oregon was threating again in the second, getting the leadoff man on, working a walk, a misplayed bunt and the table was set. Junior outfielder Nick Catalano came through with a one-out base clearing double to right-center putting the Ducks on the board early 3-0. With Twomey continuing to struggle finding the zone, sophomore outfielder Austin Grebeck singled up the middle with two outs tacking on two more. The Oregon rally continued as junior infielder Mark Karaviotis railed a two-out double, good for two more runs while closing the book on USC’s starter. Twomey’s final line: 1 2/3 innings pitched, seven runs (two earned), two walks, three hit batters, five hits and three strikeouts.

While Twomey didn’t have his best stuff by any means there’s still a lot to like about him and it will be interesting to see where he ends up come June. The long, lean lefthander’s fastball was anywhere from 87-90, touching 91 at times. Twomey was featuring a big, slow breaking ball that looked very good at times, disrupting the timing of Oregon hitters. He also used his changeup that sat at 78-81 mph. His mechanics are clean, and while his delivery is definitely easily repeatable, he struggled with the consistency of his release point.


Peterson was very solid in his outing earning the win and showing why he will be one of the top pitchers in the Pac-12 for years to come. Peterson stands 6-foot-6, 235-pounds coming from the left side. He has a loose arm that’s very deceptive across the body with three-quarters release point. He proved to be tough on Trojan lefties and showed great feel for both his fastball and changeup. He pounded both sides of the plate and threw over 70 percent strikes.

Peterson’s final line: 6 1/3 innings pitched, three runs, eight hits, eight strikeouts and zero walks.

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