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No. 12 Pepperdine Tops No. 24 North Carolina State 5-2 Sunday Afternoon

March 4, 2007

Greenville, N.C. - Junior shortstop Danny Worth had two hits, including a home run, and scored twice, while freshman Trent Diedrich singled home the winning run in the eighth inning to lead No. 12 Pepperdine to a 5-2 victory over No. 24 North Carolina State on Sunday during the final day of the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina.

The win improved the Waves to 13-4 on the season and marked their 12th victory in the last 14 games. North Carolina State slipped to 10-3.

Pepperdine once again received outstanding pitching as sophomore right hander Brett Hunter started for the Waves and worked 6.0 innings, surrendered four hits and two unearned runs, walked five and struck out five.

Freshman Daniel Farris (2-0) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and junior right hander Jason Dominguez struck out three in 1.1 innings to record his fifth save in five opportunities this season.

Pepperdine pitching has now worked 19 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run while lowering its season ERA to 2.39.

Worth gave the Waves a 1-0 lead in third inning with his first home run of the season and Pepperdine went ahead 2-0 in the fifth, scoring an unearned run.

North Carolina State tied the game in the sixth inning as it took advantage of a Pepperdine error to score a pair of unearned runs against Hunter.

The Waves took a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning after Ryan Heroy was hit by a pitch with one out, advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a single up the middle by Diedrich.

Pepperdine added a pair of insurance runs in the top half of the ninth as sophomore Chase d'Arnaud doubled home a run pinch-hitter Matt Aidem drove in d'Arnaud with a single to right field.

The Waves are next in action on Tuesday when they travel to UC Santa Barbara for a 2 p.m. contest.