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UNLV Tops No. 19 Pepperdine 9-6 Saturday Afternoon to Even Series

Feb. 3, 2007

Las Vegas, Nev. - UNLV scored three first-inning runs and added four more in the third and held on for a 9-6 victory over No. 19 Pepperdine Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas. The loss was the first of the season for the Waves, who opened the year with a 4-3 win Friday night.

After retiring the first two batters to open the game, junior right hander Jason Dominguez found trouble with the middle of the Rebels' line-up as he surrendered consecutive singles and a walk before allowing a bases-loaded clearing triple to Braden Walker.

After Pepperdine scored an unearned run in the second, UNLV broke the game open with a four-run third as it sent 10 batters to the plate and ended Dominguez' day. The junior right hander was unable to record an out in the inning as he was hurt by a fielding error to open the frame then allowed three singles and a pair of walks before being relieved by junior Robert Della Grotta.

The Waves' bullpen restored order and allowed Pepperdine a chance to get back into the game as it scored two runs in the fifth and added one more in the sixth to cut the margin to 7-4.

Junior Adrian Ortiz had an RBI triple and shortstop Danny Worth singled in a run in the fifth while freshman Travis Tartamella produced a run with an RBI double in the sixth.

The Rebels added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth against freshman Jonathan Harmston and sophomore Nick Gaudi.

The Waves rallied in the ninth as Ortiz doubled to open the inning and scored on a triple by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames. Thames, who had three hits in the game, scored the game's final run on a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud.

Senior left fielder Luke Salas also had three hits and scored twice for the Waves.

Della Grotta along with freshmen Jordan Durrance and Daniel Farris combined for five scoreless innings of relief work before UNLV scored twice in the bottom of the eighth.

The two teams will conclude their weekend series with Sunday's rubber game beginning at 1 p.m.