Gauchos Drop Rubber Game With 12th-Ranked Waves 11-3
March 26, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - Danny Worth hit a three-run home run, Luke Salas collected three hits and Robert Dickmann pitched five effective innings leading No. 12 Pepperdine to an 11-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara Monday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to clinch the weekend series. Chris McMurray drove in two for the Gauchos, who lost their first three-game series since February 18.
For the second time in three games, every starter in the Waves' line-up had at least one hit as Pepperdine improved to 20-8 with the win. The loss dropped UCSB below the .500 mark once again at 11-12.
After two straight games in which no Gaucho could crack Waves' pitching for more than one hit, freshman third baseman Gunnar Terhune had three of Santa Barbara's eight hits, but it would not be enough against a Pepperdine offense that responded with 15 hits and 11 runs after getting shutout Sunday.
McMurray gave the Gauchos a 2-0 advantage in the top of the fourth inning when he blasted a two-run home run off Dickmann (2-1) following a Matt Anderson single. Pepperdine wasted little time responding and answered with four runs in the bottom half of the frame against UCSB starter Mike Ford (1-1) to take a 4-2 lead. Second baseman Denny Duron, catcher Trent Diedrich, and center fielder Adrian Ortiz each had RBI singles during the four-run inning as the Waves sent nine batters to the plate.
Terhune scored from second on a Mike Zuanich single as Santa Barbara added a run in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to just one at 4-3. The Waves then broke the game open with a seven-run bottom half, sending 10 batters to the plate. The big blow was a three-run home run by Worth that capped the scoring.
Salas, Duron and Ortiz each had RBI singles in the inning. 14 of Pepperdine's 15 hits in the game were singles.
Dickmann picked up his first win since February 27 after allowing seven hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out one in five innings. Freshman Daniel Farris pitched 2.1 scoreless innings and was followed by 1.1 innings of work from rookie left-hander Jordan Durrance before junior Jason Dominguez closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
The freshman right-hander Ford took the loss for the Gauchos after allowing seven runs on eight hits, while walking five and striking out one in 4.1 innings of work. Senior lefty Jeff Braun came on in relief in the top of the fifth and allowed four runs on six hits in two and two thirds. Senior Justin Segal was finally able to stop the bleeding, tossing a scoreless inning in the eighth.
Worth's home run helped extend his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games and Salas hit in his 11th straight game for the Waves, while senior fist baseman Robbie Blauer went 1-for-5 as his consecutive games with a hit reached 24 dating back to 2006.
UCSB returns to Caesar Uyesaka Stadium Wednesday, March 28 for a single game with Cal before taking off for three-game series at TCU over the weekend. Game time for the contest with the Golden Bears is 2:00 p.m.