Down to their final out, the Waves (10-9, 2-1) got a game-tying home run from Kolten Yamaguchi and a walk-off single from Drew Hacker three batters later to defeat Loyola Marymount 4-3 and take the opening West Coast Conference series Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Loyola Marymount (8-12, 1-2) took a 3-0 lead against Pepperdine starter Aaron Brown in the third inning. Matt Lowenstein singled home a run after Brown walked two batters. Following a fielder’s choice, Colton Plaia doubled to right-centerfield to bring home two more runs.
Pepperdine got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Chris Amezquita hit a two-out solo home run to left field. The Waves scratched out a run in the fifth inning with the assistance of a wild pitch after two infield singles and a sacrifice bunt.
After two hitless innings of relief by Carlos Fuentes, Dahlson got the first two batters to pop out, but his first pitch to Yamaguchi was a high fastball that Yamaguchi roped on a line just over the wall in right field.
Ranny Lowe walked and Cody Nulph reached when a high throw from shortstop David Edwards pulled Cullen Mahoney off the base, setting the table for Hacker. The sophomore second baseman lined a 2-2 pitch right back up the middle and Zac Fujimoto’s throw was up the third base line, allowing Lowe to slide in with the winning run.
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