Feb. 27, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud highlighted a season-high 16-hit attack with two home runs and a career-high six RBI and junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski pitched five scoreless innings to lead No. 12 Pepperdine to a 13-2 victory over UC Irvine Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The win was the fourth straight and 10th in their last 11 games for the Waves, who improved to 11-3 on the season and snapped UC Irvine's (10-3-1) seven-game winning streak.
Pepperdine jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and broke the game open with a six-run second inning as it sent 10 batters to the plate against Anteaters pitchers Daniel Bibona (1-1) and Cole Hathcock.
d'Arnaud capped the inning and gave the Waves an 8-0 lead with a three-run home run over the left field fence off of Hathcock.
Pepperdine continued to hammer the ball in the third, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring five times to take a 13-0 lead. The big blow in the frame was a two-run home run by d'Arnaud off UC Irvine reliever Gary Nakashima.
The home run followed a two-run single up the middle by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames, who finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a career-high four RBI.
d'Arnaud became the first Pepperdine player to hit two home runs in a game since Chad Tracy accomplished the feat March 21, 2006 at Cal State Fullerton.
Olbrychowski (2-0), who made his first start of the season, allowed five hits and struck out two while throwing 52 pitches. His only difficulty came in the second inning when he surrendered back-to-back singles to begin the inning.
After a sacrifice moved runners to second and third with one out, Olbrychowski worked out of the jam by getting a strikeout and groundout.
UC Irvine finally got on the board in the sixth as it took advantage of a pair of walks by junior Robert Della Grotta to open the inning, scoring twice on a two-run double into left-center field by Bryan Petersen.
For the first time this season, every starter in the Waves' line-up had at least one hit, including junior shortstop Danny Worth, who went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz bunt base hit to open the first inning extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Pepperdine reached double-digits in hits for the ninth time this season and upped its team batting average to .335.
Tuesday's game marked the 10th time this season that Waves pitching has allowed three runs or less in a game. During its 11-game homestand in which it went 10-1, Pepperdine posted a 1.73 ERA and limited the opposition to a .208 batting average.
The Waves will open a season-long nine-game road trip on Friday when they play host East Carolina in the opener of the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina beginning at 2 p.m. (PST). Pepperdine will continue tournament action on Saturday and Sunday against Western Carolina and No. 24 North Carolina State, respectively.