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No. 15 Pepperdine Defeats Fresno State 10-4 to Complete Series Sweep

Feb. 25, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Senior left fielder Luke Salas equaled his career-highs with four hits and four RBI, and sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann earned his first career victory as No. 15 Pepperdine defeated Fresno State 10-4 Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to complete a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs.

The victory was the Waves' ninth in their last 10 games as they improved to 10-3, marking their best start to a season since opening to the 2001 campaign 12-2. Fresno State lost its third in a row to fall to 5-9.

Pepperdine broke open a 4-1 game with a six-run sixth inning as it sent 10 batters to the plate and tied a season-high for runs in an inning. Salas highlighted the frame with a bases-loaded clearing double that gave the Waves an 8-1 lead.

After freshman catcher Trent Diedrich, who had a career-high three hits, singled through the left side, Salas scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-1 and rookie first baseman Ryan Heroy capped the scoring with a double to right center field to plate Diedrich.

The offensive output proved plenty for Diedrich (1-1) and a corp of Pepperdine relievers. Diedrich allowed two hits, one run, walked five and struck out four in his 5.1 innings of work to earn his first collegiate victory.

Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud also had a big day at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz extended his team-high hitting streak to 10 games after leading off the first inning with an infield single.

Pepperdine concludes its season-long 12-game homestand on Tuesday when it hosts UC Irvine at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.