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No. 12 Pepperdine Rallies to Defeat San Diego State, 11-7, Sunday Afternoon

March 5, 2006

San Diego, Calif. - Junior first baseman Justin Tellam went 2-for-4, including a home run and two-run single, to lead No. 12 Pepperdine to an 11-7 victory over San Diego State Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium to salvage the final game of a three-game series.

The Waves snapped a three-game losing streak and evened their record at 9-9 while the Aztecs slipped to 6-11.

Tellam hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning and had a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning that gave Pepperdine a 9-7 lead. Junior center fielder Luke Salas hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning to complete the Waves' scoring.

Freshman right hander Brett Hunter (2-0) struck out six in 3.2 innings of relief to earn the victory.

Pepperdine fell behind 3-0 after four innings before finally getting on the board in the fifth on Tellam's home run and an RBI single by junior catcher Chad Tracy.

The Aztecs scored two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 5-2 lead before Pepperdine scored four times in the sixth to go ahead 6-5.

San Diego State scored two runs off sophomore reliever Jason Dominguez in the bottom half the inning to go ahead 7-6 before Hunter came in to shut down the Aztecs over the final 3.2 innings.

Senior second baseman David Uribes led a 14-hit Pepperdine attack with three hits, while Salas, Tracy and Tellam each had two hits apiece.

Pepperdine returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts UCLA at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.