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No. 23 Pepperdine Tops UC Davis 5-4 Saturday Afternoon

Feb. 10, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Junior shortstop Danny Worth went 2-for-2 and scored a pair of runs and No. 23 Pepperdine received some solid relief pitching as the Waves defeated UC Davis 5-4 Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win was the second straight over the Aggies (0-3) and improved Pepperdine to 3-2 on the season.

UC Davis scored single runs in the second and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead against Waves sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann.

Pepperdine tied score with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth against Aggies starter Trevor Fox (0-1). Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz opened the inning with a single to center field and Worth followed with a base hit to put two on with no outs.

After a sacrifice by Chase d'Arnaud moved both runners into scoring position, freshman designated hitter Mark Tracy followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Ortiz. The Waves' second run of the inning was unearned after right fielder Aaron Hanke dropped Jason Domingiuez' fly ball with two outs that allowed Worth to score the tying run.

After the Aggies regained the lead in the fifth, Pepperdine scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.

Ortiz once gain got the Waves going as he led off the inning with a bunt single. Worth followed with a walk and both runners moved up to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by d'Arnaud. Fox then walked Tracy to load the bases.

Justin Fitzgerald came on to relieve Fox and was promptly called for a balk, allowing Ortiz to score the tying run and Worth and Tracy to move to second and third. Worth scored the go-ahead run after Dominguez hit a bouncer to third baseman Daniel Descalso. Descalso elected to go home with the play and his throw was wide of the mark, allowing Worth to score.

Pinch-hitter Matt Aidem followed with a base hit to left field to score Tracy and give the Waves a 5-3 lead.

Freshmen Daniel Farris, Jordan Durrance, Nick Gaudi and Dominguez combined to pitch 4.2 innings of relief, allowing one hit and an unearned run.

Farris (1-0) came on in relief of Dickmann and worked 1.2 innings to record his first career victory.

Dominguez worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to register his second save of the season in as many days.

Pepperdine will attempt to sweep the series when it hosts UC Davis in the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.