March 3, 2007
Greenville, N.C. - Junior right fielder Donald Brown's home run to right field to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning broke a 1-1 tie and helped No. 12 Pepperdine to a 3-1 victory over Western Carolina Saturday afternoon during second-day action at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina.
The win was the 11th in the last 13 games for the Waves, who improved to 12-4 on the season. The Catamounts fell to 6-3.
The game began as a pitcher's duel between Pepperdine sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann and Western Carolina's Brock Thornburg.
Brown gave the Waves a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single up the middle that scored designated hitter Eric Thames, who reached on a fielder's choice and stole second to move into scoring position.
The score remained 1-0 until the fifth inning when the Catamounts scored an unearned run against Dickmann. Blake Murphy opened the frame with a single to left field and reached second on a pop-up to second base that preceded a throwing error by Pepperdine's Denny Duron.
After Nick Liles struck out for the second out of the inning, John Ingram doubled to left-center field to drive home Murphy with the tying run.
With Tyler Johnson pitching his second inning in relief of Thornburg, Brown hit a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall to give the Waves a 2-1 lead. Chase d'Arnaud followed with a double to right-center field and came around to score on a bunt single by Luke Salas and throwing error by Johnson.
Junior right hander Jason Dominguez came on to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to record his fourth save in four opportunities this season.
Dickmann turned in another solid outing for Pepperdine as he pitched 5.2 innings, allowed five hits, an unearned run, did not walk a batter and struck out five.
Junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski (3-0) worked 2.1 innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out one to pick up the win.
Brown finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI while d'Arnaud had a pair of hits and scored a run.
Pepperdine concludes tournament play on Sunday when it meets No. 24 North Carolina State beginning at 8 a.m. (PST).