Feb. 23, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - It would be hard to imagine anyone performing any better than Barry Enright has through his first three starts of the 2007 season. However, the Pepperdine junior right hander topped his previous performances Friday afternoon as he pitched a complete-game three-hit shutout in defeating visiting Fresno State 4-0 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Enright allowed three singles, did not walk a batter for a second consecutive start, and struck out three en route to improving to 4-0 on the year and lowering his ERA to 0.59.
The win improved the No. 15 Waves to 8-3 while Fresno State dropped to 5-7.
In pitching the complete game, Enright ran his consecutive scoreless streak to 22.3 innings dating back to the third inning of the UC Davis game on February 9. He also upped his career mark to 27-3, tying him with Britt Craven (1988-90) and Steve Schenewerk (1997-2000) for fifth place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list.
The complete-game was the second of Enright's career and the first complete-game shutout by a Waves' hurler since Paul Coleman accomplished the feat in a 5-0 victory over San Francisco on May, 20, 2005 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Enright's previous complete-game came against Oklahoma State on March 11, 2006 when he allowed seven hits in a 6-3 victory.
After allowing a two-out single in the first inning, Enright retired 10 consecutive batters before surrendering back-to-back singles to begin the fifth inning. He then set down the final 14 batters to finish the masterpiece.
The Waves supplied Enright with all the run support he would need in the first inning as junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz opened the frame with an infield single, stole second and scored on an RBI double into the left field corner by sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud.
d'Arnaud led Pepperdine's nine-hit attack with three hits and three RBI. He produced a run-scoring single in the third and drove in the Waves' final run with an RBI single in the eighth inning.
Pepperdine and Fresno State continue their three-game weekend series Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Eddy D. Field Stadium.