MALIBU, Calif. — Corner infielders are supposed to provide pop in the lineup. Pepperdine first baseman Sam Meyer and third baseman Austin Davidson did just that Saturday afternoon in the Waves’ 8-3 win over visiting San Francisco (23-27, 9-8).
Davidson hit a three-run homer off the scoreboard in right field in the sixth inning and Meyer crushed the first pitch of the seventh inning way beyond the left field fence. The corner infield duo combined to reach base six times and drive in five of the Pepperdine (25-18, 8-6) runs.
After the game, I caught up with both of the sluggers to see what they saw on the pitches.
Davidson also talked about playing in front of a large cheering section of family and friends wearing matching orange shirts and the confidence boost he got from being moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup:
When Meyer crossed home plate after his home run, he was grinning from cheek to cheek and pointed into the dugout. He explains why he was pointing at second baseman Joe Sever. The burly junior also gives a checklist of what the Waves have to do to win Sunday’s rubber match with the Dons.