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No. 19 Pepperdine Defeats No. 11 Wichita State, 10-2, Saturday Afternoon

Feb. 17, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - The top three batters in the Pepperdine line-up went a combined 8-for-12 with five runs scored and seven RBI and sophomore right hander Brett Hunter worked five innings as the 18th-ranked Waves ran their win streak to six games following a 10-2 victory over No. 11 Wichita State Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win improved Pepperdine to 7-2 on the season while the Shockers fell to 0-2.

Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz got the Waves' offense going early as he tripled down the right field line to lead off the first and scored on single through the right side by junior shortstop Danny Worth. Pepperdine added two more runs in the inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Wichita State scored its two in the second inning as it took advantage of a pair of walks and hit batsmen by Hunter (2-1) to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Pepperdine countered with a run in the bottom half of the inning when Ortiz walked with one out, advanced to second on an infield out and scored on a single up the middle by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames.

The Waves broke the game open with a four-run seventh and tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning to build a 10-2 lead.

Ortiz finished the game with two hits, three runs scored and an RBI while Worth and Thames led Pepperdine's 14-hit attack with three hits and three RBI.

Hunter battled control problems in his five innings of work as he allowed three hits, two runs, walked five, hit two batters and struck out five.

Freshman left-hander Jonathan Harmston pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out two to earn his first collegiate save.

Pepperdine and Wichita State conclude their three-game series with an 11 a.m. contest on Sunday.