2018 SEC All-Tournament Team
Strong right-handed pitcher that developed into an outstanding reliever in 2018 and projects as the Tigers' closer in 2019 ... features a consistent low-to-mid 90s fastball and good feel for a curveball.
Appeared in 24 games (three starts), recording a 1-3 mark and a 4.40 ERA in 47.0 innings with 11 walks, 38 strikeouts and a staff-best six saves ... beginning with a May 5 outing versus Arkansas, Peterson posted five saves and a win in his last eight appearances of the season (all in relief), allowing three runs on eight hits in 13.2 innings with one walk and 11 strikeouts ... earned the save in LSU's NCAA Regional win over San Diego State (June 1), firing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to preserve a 6-4 victory ... named to the 2018 SEC All-Tournament Team after posting a win over South Carolina and a save versus Mississippi State in his two tournament appearances ... he also helped his own cause in the May 24 game vs. South Carolina, batting for himself as the pitcher and lining a two-run double to highlight a three-run LSU 12th inning ... Peterson worked the final five innings of the South Carolina contest to earn his first win of the season ... in his two SEC Tournament appearances combined versus Mississippi State and South Carolina, he was 1-0 with one save in seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts .. earned save on May 18 at Auburn, retiring all five batters he faced in the final 1.2 innings, including three strikeouts ... earned save in Game 1 of Alabama series (May 11), retiring the side in order in the ninth inning on seven pitches ... dominant relief outing versus Arkansas on May 5 to earn his second save of the season – pitched a scoreless ninth inning after inheriting a no-out, runner-on-first scenario with a 2-0 count on the batter and LSU holding a 6-4 lead ... he retired the first batter he faced on a fly ball, then struck out the next two Arkansas hitters to end the game ... solid long relief outing at South Carolina (April 21), allowing three runs on five hits in a career-high 5.1 innings ... pitched four dominant relief innings at Vanderbilt (March 23), allowing no runs on three hits with one walk and a career-best seven strikeouts ... worked 3.2 shutout innings versus Southern (March 6), allowing just three hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Appeared in 22 games (three starts), posting a 3-1 mark and a 4.19 ERA in 34.1 innings with 16 walks and 21 strikeouts ... fired one shutout relief inning vs. Texas Southern in NCAA Regional (June 2), allowing no hits with two strikeouts ... recorded win over Northwestern State (May 16) in a starting role, limiting the Demons to one run on four hits in five innings with one walk and a career-best six strikeouts ... posted a stretch of six straight shutout innings over three appearances from April 8-14 (two innings in each appearance), allowing just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts ... earned relief win vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (April 11), firing two scoreless innings with one hit and one strikeout ... entered April 8 game at Arkansas with LSU trailing, 8-1; fired two scoreless innings and helped lift the Tigers to a 10-8 comeback victory ... first career LSU win came on February 28 versus Nicholls when he pitched a scoreless relief inning in a 3-2 victory.
Prior to LSU
Named a 2016 Perfect Game All-American ... rated among the nation's Top 400 college prospects by Baseball America ... recorded a 0.74 ERA in 11 starts during his senior season at Lake Mary High School, posting 79 strikeouts in 57 innings with three complete games.
Parents are Hans and Cindi Peterson ... Dad is in computer engineering, Mom works in case management for Florida hospitals ... Dad played basketball at the University of South Florida ... has two younger brothers, Chad and Cade ... on his decision to attend LSU – “What influenced me the most was the hospitality from everyone in Louisiana and how great the coaches are. Also a determining factor was that I figured this was the best place to help me reach my full potential and be the best person and baseball player I can be. Another factor is that LSU has the best all-around sports program in the nation, giving me the best chance to help my team win a national championship for my school and state.” ... majoring in interdisciplinary studies at LSU ... born January 22, 1998, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Peterson's LSU Career Highs
Innings: 5.1 at South Carolina (4/21/18)
Strikeouts: 7 at Vanderbilt (3/23/18)
Hits Allowed: 4 vs. Texas (2/25/18)
Runs: 5 vs. Texas (2/25/18)
Earned Runs: 5 vs. Texas (2/25/18)
Walks: 4 vs. Notre Dame (2/18/18)