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2014 San Luis Obispo Regional Day 3 Recap – Pepperdine Wins

Cal Poly 5, Sacramento State 4

John Schuknecht is congratulated.SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly knocked around Sacramento State starter Justin Dillon for five runs in four innings and held on for a 6-5 victory.

Zack Zehner rocketed a solo homer in the second inning to put the Mustangs (47-11) up 2-0 and John Schuknecht provided a two-run double in the fourth inning to make it 5-1.

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CBD Photo Gallery: Routine Not So Routine for Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly and Regional winner’s bracket games just don’t seem to get along. And routine flyballs are the instigator.

For the second year in a row, a flyball that should have been a routine out changed the momentum of Cal Poly’s Regional winner’s bracket contest. Pepperdine (41-16) took advantage, scoring two runs in the seventh inning to take a 2-1 victory Saturday night at Baggett Stadium.

“That was a tough one. We let an opportunity slide by,” Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee said. “Casey [Bloomquist] has been our most consistent pitcher all year. He showed that again tonight.”

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2014 San Luis Obispo Regional Day 2 Recap

Sacramento State celebrates while ASU looks on.Sacramento State 5, Arizona State 4

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Sacramento State won its first NCAA Tournament game thanks to a three-run eighth inning that broke a 2-2 tie.

A wild ninth inning saw RJ Ybarra knock a towering pinch hit, two-run home run to cut the lead to 5-4. Perennial college baseball postseason program Arizona State then put the tying and go-ahead runs on base, but the Hornets cut down the tying run trying to score from third on a chopper to first base.

With closer Sutter McLoughlin unavailable, Alex Palsha stayed the course and struck out dangerous hitter Trever Allen with a high curveball to end the game.

A booted potential double play ball propelled Sacramento State’s three-run inning, putting two men in scoring position with no outs. David Del Grande put the Hornets ahead with an RBI single through the left side. Dane Fujinaka singled home another run and a bases loaded walk to Nathan Lukes later in the inning made it 5-2.

Lukes also had a two-run double that opened the scoring in the fifth inning, but Arizona State responded with a pair of runs in the next half inning on a Dalton Dinatale bases loaded bloop single.

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Pepperdine 2, Cal Poly 1

Cal Poly tags out Kyle Moses.SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the second year in a row, a mistake on a routine flyball cost Cal Poly in the Regional winner’s bracket.

An outfield collision started a two-run rally that was just enough for Pepperdine to take a 2-1 victory over Cal Poly Saturday night.

The Mustangs (46-10) held a 1-0 lead after Mark Mathias hit a deep fly to right field to score Chris Hoo in the second inning. But in the seventh inning, Aaron Barnett’s routine flyball to left-centerfield resulted in a triple when Jordan Ellis and Zack Zehner collided and the ball bounced off Ellis’ glove toward the warning track.

Hutton Moyer followed with a double off the right field wall to drive in pinch runner Jeremy Goldenetz. Moyer came in to score the winning run two batters later when John Schuknecht couldn’t make an over-the-shoulder grab on Manny Jefferson’s two-out flare behind first base.

Aaron Brown picked up his 12th win of the season, allowing three hits and an unearned run in eight innings. Casey Bloomquist took the tough-luck loss despite giving up just one earned run in a complete game effort.

Moyer finished the game 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Pepperdine while Brian Mundell had two of Cal Poly’s three hits.

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CBD Visit: Yamaguchi, Hacker Ninth Inning Heroics Lead Waves to 4-3 Win

Pepperdine dogpiles Drew Hacker.

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 CBD Visit: Yamaguchi, Hacker Ninth Inning Heroics Lead Waves to 4-3 Win

CBD Visit: Pepperdine Offense Struggles Against Seton Hall

Josh Provost gets the win..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.
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Cooper, Rodriguez Talk About Pepperdine’s Big Conference Sweep of BYU

Vince Gonzalez had two stand-up triples.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.

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Sever, Rodriguez Talk About Extra Inning Loss to Portland

Joe Sever goes down to get a pitchMALIBU, 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.

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Rodriguez, Maurer on Pepperdine’s 12-2 Win Over Long Beach

Matt Maurer pitched six scoreless innings.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:

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Rodriguez, Vincej React After Dodgertown Classic Win

Zach Vincej starts a double play.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 Rodriguez, Vincej React After Dodgertown Classic Win

Moscot & Rodriguez Talk About 2-1 Win Over Rhode Island

Jon Moscot pitched a complete game.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 Moscot & Rodriguez Talk About 2-1 Win Over Rhode Island