Feb. 24, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Freshman catcher Trent Diedrich's one-out bases loaded single to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning drove home Chase d'Arnaud with the winning run and lifted No. 15 Pepperdine to a 3-2 victory over Fresno State Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The win was the Waves' eighth in their last nine games and improved their record to 9-3. The Bulldogs lost their second straight and fell to 5-8.
d'Arnaud started Pepperdine's winning rally as he beat out an infield single to shortstop. Senior designated hitter Luke Salas followed and legged out a bunt single. Salas' bunt was fielded by Fresno State pitcher Tanner Scheppers, whose throw hit Salas at the first base bag, allowing d'Arnaud to move to third on the throwing error.
With runners at first and third, junior right fielder Donald Brown was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jason Breckly relieved Scheppers and got pinch-hitter Matt Aidem to lineout to shallow left field for the first out of the inning.
Diedrich followed and hit a sinking line drive toward right-center field on a 1-0 pitch that eluded a diving Steve Detwiler and plated d'Arnaud with the winning run.
Junior right hander Jason Dominguez pitched 1.2 innings of relief, allowing a single and walk, to even his record to 1-1.
Sophomore Brett Hunter started for Pepperdine and pitched seven innings, allowed two hits, two runs, walked four and equaled a career-high with eight strikeouts. The Waves' right hander breezed through the first three innings, facing the minimum, before suffering control problems and allowing an unearned run in the fourth.
Hunter hit the leadoff batter and issued back-to-back walks to load the bases with no outs. He then induced Brian Lapin to hit into third-to-home-to first double play for two outs. Hunter was within a strike of getting out of the inning, but a passed ball allowed a run to score and gave Fresno State a 1-0 lead.
Bulldogs starter Justin Wilson kept the Waves scoreless until the sixth inning when they scored twice to take a 2-1 lead.
Sophomore second baseman Denny Duron opened the inning with a ground-rule double that bounced over the right field fence. Junior Adrian Ortiz followed with a soft liner into short left-center field to put runners at the corners with no outs.
Junior shortstop Danny Worth then doubled to right-center field to score Duron, advance Ortiz to third and tie the score 1-1. Ortiz scored the second run of the inning an infield out off the bat of sophomore left fielder Eric Thames tat gave Pepperdine a 2-1 lead.
Fresno State tied the score in the top of the seventh on a lead-off home run down the left field line by shortstop Todd Sandell.The Bulldogs had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning as first baseman Steve Susdorf led off with a double to center field and was sacrificed to third with one out. With the Waves playing the infield in, Sandell grounded out to second base for the second out of the inning and kept Susdorf at third.
Dominguez intentionally walked Tommy Mendonca to put runners at first and third then worked out of the jam by getting Detwiler to hit into a fielder's choice.
Worth's run-scoring double in the sixth was the 46th of his career and moved him into a tie with Jere Longenecker for 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time doubles list.
Ortiz led the Waves' 11-hit attack with three singles, while Worth collected a pair of hits.
Pepperdine will try to sweep the three-game series when it hosts Fresno State on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.