Feb. 18, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Junior left-hander Rob Musgrave allowed one run over seven-plus innings and sophomore third baseman Conor Gillaspie produced a clutch two-out double in the seventh inning to help No. 11 Wichita State to a 3-2 victory over No. 19 Pepperdine Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The win was the first of the year for the Shockers (1-2) and snapped the Waves' (7-3) six-game winning streak.
In a battle of left-handers, Musgrave (1-0) out-dueled Pepperdine sophomore Robert Dickmann as he allowed four hits, a run, walked one and struck out four.
Dickmann was almost as good as he pitched a career-high six-plus innings, allowed six hits, two runs, walked four and struck out a personal-best six batters.
Down 3-0 heading into the eighth inning, the Waves rallied as they loaded the bases with no outs. Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz singled through the right side to open the inning and end Musgrave's day.
After a strikeout, junior right fielder Donald Brown singled to right field to plate Ortiz and Worth to cut the margin to 3-2.
Wichita State head coach Gene Stephenson then went to his bullpen bringing in Jared Simon and Anthony Capra, who each recorded an out to preserve the lead.
Capra began the ninth and, after allowing a leadoff walk to Denny Duron, was relieved by Noah Krohl, who retired all three batters he faced to preserve the win and record the save.
Wichita State broke a scoreless tie with a run in the fifth inning as it took advantage of a leadoff walk. Right fielder Ryan Jones received a free pass to open the frame, reached second on a fielder's choice and came around to score on an RBI single by first baseman Derek Schermerhorn.
The score remained 1-0 until the seventh when left fielder Andy Dirks led off the inning with a single and scored on a two-out double to left-center field by Gillaspie off freshman reliever Daniel Farris.
Gillaspie scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch and throwing error by Pepperdine catcher Trent Diedrich.
Worth and Brown each had two hits to lead the Waves. Both of Worth's hits were doubles, giving him 45 for his career and moving him within one of 10th place on the program's all-time doubles list.
Pepperdine will attempt to start a new winning streak when it opens a three-game series against Fresno State Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.