Gauchos Fall 12-5 to Pepperdine in Final Midweek Game of the Season

Gauchos Fall 12-5 to Pepperdine in Final Midweek Game of the Season

MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine scored a run in all but one inning Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field, handing UC Santa Barbara a 12-5 loss in the final midweek game of the season for both teams.

The loss for UCSB was the team's first this season in midweek games (6-1-1) after having previously defeated the Waves as well as UCLA, BYU, Fresno State, and Bakersfield.

The Gauchos (29-16-1) actually opened the scoring on the day, going up 2-0 after the top of the first inning. Senior left fielder Joey Epperson started that rally by hitting a line drive off the first base bag for a double, coming around to score when junior left-handed pitcher/DH Greg Mahle singled in the next at bat.

After moving from first to third on a Tyler Kuresa base hit, Mahle scored when Pepperdine (35-14) shortstop Manny Jefferson misplayed a Robby Nesovic-hit ball for an error.

From there on, the Waves would go on to score the next nine runs of the game, taking a commanding 9-2 lead. A two-run homer in the bottom of the first off the bat of Bryan Langlois and a fourth-inning RBI double from Austin Davidson highlighted the extended Pepperdine offensive run. 

UCSB answered back with a three-run seventh thanks to bases-loaded singles from Robby Nesovic and Cameron Newell, who had entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the previous frame, but that was all the offense the Gauchos could muster on the afternoon.

Pepperdine starter Jackson McClelland earned the win on the day to move to 7-3 after allowing one earned run and striking out seven in six innings pitched.

Seven pitchers entered the game for UCSB, with all but the final two allowing earned runs. Sophomore righties Kenny Chapman and Dylan Hecht combined to hold the Waves to a single unearned run over the final two innings of the game after the former entered the game in the seventh inning.

Junior shortstop Peter Maris and Nesovic each had two hits on the day to pace the UCSB offense, the latter lining a double down the left field line for one of the team's two extra base hits.

Epperson's first inning two-bagger extended his reaching base streak to 11 games.

This weekend, the Gauchos will head to USF to take on the Dons in a three-game non-conference series.