Feb. 16, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - In a battle of All-American pitchers, junior right hander Barry Enright came out on top as he pitched 7.1 scoreless innings to help No. 19 Pepperdine defeat No. 11 Wichita State, 2-0, Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game non-conference series at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Enright (3-0) and Wichita State sophomore Aaron Shafer entered the contest with a combined record of 36-6 and were tabbed preseason All-Americans.
Both pitchers lived up to their preseason billing as they locked up in a scoreless pitchers' duel until the Waves (6-2) broke through for a pair of runs in the sixth inning.
With one out in the sixth, junior shortstop Danny Worth singled through the left side. On Shafer's next pitch to junior Eric Thames, the Shockers' right hander lost his balance, fell awkwardly off the mound and was forced to leave the game.
Anthony Capra relieved Shafer and allowed back-to-back singles to Thames and sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud that loaded the bases. Junior right fielder Donald Brown followed and hit a medium-deep fly ball to right center field where Matt Brown dropped it, allowing Worth and Thames to score and give Pepperdine a 2-0 lead.
After Ryan Heroy followed with a single to left field to re-load the bases, Wichita State left-hander Noah Booth came out of the bullpen to strike out pinch-hitter Mark Tracy and catcher Travis Tartamella to end the threat and keep it a two-run game.
Making the Opening Day start for the Shockers, Shafer began the game in impressive fashion as he retired the first nine batters he faced before allowing a lead-off single to Adrian Ortiz in the fourth inning.
Enright continued his early-season dominance over opposing batters as he scattered seven hits and struck out four in a season-high tying 7.1 innings of work. Before being relieved with one out in the eighth inning, Enright's only difficulty came in the second when Wichita State put runners on second and third with no outs.
However, the sophomore right hander worked out of trouble by recording a strikeout, foul out and fly ball to escape the jam. The win improved Enright's career record to 26-3 and moved him into a tie with Patrick Ahearne (1991-92) and Mike Scott (1974-76) for seventh place on Pepperdine's career wins list.
Freshman left-hander Jordan Durrance entered the game in the eighth inning with runners on second and third with one out and thwarted a potential Wichita State scoring opportunity by getting a strikeout and ground ball to keep the shutout in tact.
Junior closer Jason Dominguez worked around a ninth-inning error to record his third save in three chances.
Pepperdine will go for six straight wins on Saturday when it hosts Wichita State at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.