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Pepperdine Falls 2-1 in Series-Opener at San Diego State

March 3, 2006

San Diego, Calif. - Junior right hander Justin Masterson scattered seven singles and struck out a career-high 11 batters in eight innings to help San Diego State defeat No. 12 Pepperdine, 2-1, Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego.

Masterson (2-2) received a clutch one-out, two run double from junior first baseman Brock Ungricht in the fifth inning that broke a 1-1 tie and helped the Aztecs snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 5-10 on the season.

Senior right hander Adam Simon struck out the side in the ninth to earn his second save of the season and seal the Waves (8-8) second consecutive loss. Masterson and Simon struck out 14 Pepperdine batters while not allowing a walk. The 14 strikeouts were a season-high for the Waves.

Pepperdine took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an infield out before San Diego State tied the score in the bottom half of the inning as it scored an unearned run against senior left-hander Paul Coleman (2-1).

Coleman worked 7.1 innings, allowed seven hits, three runs (two earned), walked three and struck out seven.

Sophomore shortstop collected two hits lead the Waves' offense.

Pepperdine and San Diego State continue their weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.