March 4, 2006
San Diego, Calif. - Senior right fielder Curt Mendoza capped a seven-run fifth inning with a three-run home run to break open a one-run game and help San Diego State to a 13-3 victory over No. 12 Pepperdine Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego.
The victory gave the Aztecs (6-10) the series victory and dropped the Waves (8-9) under .500 for the first time this season. Pepperdine will attempt to salvage the final game of the series on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.
San Diego State collected 20 hits against four Pepperdine pitchers, the most against the Waves since Cal State Fullerton totaled 24 in the championship game of the 2004 Fullerton Regional.
San Diego State sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth inning against Waves' starter Adam Olbrychowski (2-3) and senior right hander James Johnson, who relieved Olbrychowski with two on, one out and a run in.
In 0.2 innings, Johnson allowed four hits and four runs, including the home run to Mendoza that helped the Aztecs build a 9-1 lead.
The Aztecs added to their lead in the seventh and eighth innings, scoring two runs in each frame against relievers freshman Bryce Stowell and sophomore right hander Nick Gaudi, who made his collegiate debut.
Pepperdine had a chance to take a lead in the second inning when it loaded the bases with one out but was unable to score against San Diego State starter Bruce Billings. The Waves again loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning, but managed just one run against Billings.