MALIBU, Calif. — Sometimes all it takes is one good swing to turn a series around. Kolten Yamaguchi provided that swing for Pepperdine on an overcast Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Down to its final out, trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, Yamaguchi laced the first pitch he saw from Loyola Marymount closer Bret Dahlson. Yamaguchi’s line shot scraped over the right field wall for a game-tying home run. Continue reading
MALIBU, Calif. — Josh Provost struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings to lead Seton Hall to a 3-1 win Saturday afternoon at Pepperdine’s Eddy D. Field Stadium.
With their small ball approach, the Pirates scratched across three runs and that was more than enough. The Pepperdine lineup, missing starters Nate Johnson, Sam Meyer and Hutton Moyer and still without the services of Aaron Brown (though he is supposed to return to the mound on Sunday), struggled to score runs.
Pepperdine starter Corey Miller was not his sharpest, but he kept the Waves in the game, allowing only two runs in six innings. But for the second consecutive game, Seton Hall’s pitching shut the Waves down. Provost picked up his first win of the season while Brian Gilbert collected his first save. Gilbert pitched the final two frames without giving up a hit.
MALIBU, Calif. — Tony Cooper couldn’t quite replicate his Friday afternoon four-hit, four-RBI performance, but Pepperdine was plenty happy with the outfielder’s three RBI on Saturday in an 8-7 win against BYU at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Cooper only had one hit, but he provided it when it mattered most. With two outs in the sixth inning, Pepperdine had a pair of runners in scoring position and had just tied the ball game. Cooper lined a 1-1 fastball into centerfield to score both runners and put the Waves ahead for good.
MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine tied the game in the eighth inning, but the Waves (22-14, 5-4)couldn’t get the winning run home from second base in the ninth inning or the tying run from third base in the tenth inning as Portland took a 4-3 extra inning win in the series finale at Eddy D. Field Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Waves rallied back from an early 3-0 deficit. They scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning on a bases loaded double by second baseman Joe Sever (pictured). In his next at bat in the eighth inning, Sever singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when he stole third and the throw went into the outfield.
Portland (20-10, 7-5) got a leadoff double in the tenth inning and moved the runner to third. It looked like Pepperdine might escape the jam after the Waves nailed a runner at the plate on a squeeze play, but on the very next pitch Cody Lenahan singled to centerfield and Turner Gill just barely beat the throw for the go-ahead run.
Sever singled in the bottom half of the inning and moved to third base on a perfectly executed hit-and-run, but Sam Meyer grounded into a game-ending double play to give the Pilots the win and avoid the series sweep.
MALIBU, Calif. — The Pepperdine Waves used a pair of big innings to take a 12-2 victory against Long Beach State Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
With the offense giving him plenty of support, starter Matt Maurer didn’t have to be perfect. That didn’t stop Maurer from throwing six scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and two walks, to pick up his fourth win of the season.
After the game, I caught up with Maurer and Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez. Maurer discussed how simple his job has been pitching the midweek games, due to the run support his offense has provided:
LOS ANGELES — The Pepperdine pitching staff issued 11 free passes (10 walks, one hit batsman), but the Waves were still able to defeat UC Irvine 3-2 in the Dodgertown Classic at Dodger Stadium. Irvine was unable to take advantage of the free passes Tuesday because the Anteater hitters registered more double plays than actual hits.
Pepperdine’s pitchers allowed only three hits while the Waves’ middle infield turned four double plays. The defense was stellar and the offense did just enough to help the Waves improve to 5-1 in one-run games.
Shortstop Zach Vincej was the offensive catalyst. The junior scored the first of two runs in the first inning. In the fifth inning, he drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to left field that broke a 2-2 tie.
After the game, I talked with Vincej and head coach Steve Rodriguez. Vincej hypothesized on Pepperdine’s success in close games. He also talked about his offensive improvement this season and the relationship he has with second baseman Joe Sever: Continue reading
MALIBU, Calif. — Jon Moscot was brilliant as he twirled a five-hit complete game in Pepperdine’s 2-1 win Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Moscot shut down the Rhode Island offense, allowing only an unearned run in the third inning. He was able to mix his pitches well and maintained the same velocity throughout the game from the first inning to the ninth inning. Continue reading
MALIBU, Calif. — Half the Oklahoma defenders were running toward their positions when they stopped in their tracks. Pepperdine was on the field celebrating a victory, even though it was only the middle of the seventh inning.
The Sooners looked around confused while Pepperdine coach Steve Rodriguez conferred with the umpires in front of home plate. The umpires then walked over and said something brief to Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway before the home plate ump waved his arms. The game was over.
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Tokyo, Japan – In a clash between a pair of unbeaten teams in pool play at the V FISU World University Championships, Matt Barnes (Connecticut) held Canada scoreless through seven innings and helped USA capture the No. 1 seed in Group A Monday night with an 8-1 win at Yokohama Stadium.
Barnes (3-0), who gave up just three hits, did not allow a runner to reach second base and finished with eight punch outs as USA improved its record to 14-2 on the summer. Sean Gilmartin (Florida State) made his fourth appearance working two-third of an inning where he allowed a run on two hits. Cal State Fullerton’s Nick Ramirez entered the game in the eighth inning with two outs and the bases loaded and struck out Nic Lendvoy to get out of the jam. The left-hander retired all four batters he faced which included a pair of strikeouts.
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Taipei, Taiwan – Jackie Bradley, Jr. (South Carolina), Brad Miller (Clemson) and Ryan Wright (Louisville) each collected three hits and helped Team USA to a 9-1 win and a split of the four-game series with Chinese-Taipei Wednesday at Hsinchuang Field.
Bradley, Jr. and Wright joined Alex Dickerson with a team-best two RBI, while Wright smacked his first home run of the summer on a solo shot down the left field line in the third inning.