LOS ANGELES — Pepperdine scored five runs in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and eventually take a 9-4 victory at USC’s Dedeaux Field Tuesday night. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Waves.
Kolten Yamaguchi smacked a two-run homer to break the 3-3 tie and put the Waves ahead. After freshman reliever loaded the bases later in the inning, Bryan Langlois cleared them with a double that one-hopped the right field wall.
An inning later Yamaguchi struck again with his second career home run on a hanging changeup from Shane Gonzales.
USC threatened in the eighth inning as erratic Alex Najera walked a batter, hit two batters and threw two wild pitches, allowing one run to score, but before the Trojans could trim the lead further, Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez went to closer Michael Swanner. Swanner stranded both runners and finished off the game, striking out three of the six batters he faced. Continue reading