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James Johnson's Career-Day Helps No. 23 Waves Defeat UCLA, 6-1

March 7, 2006

Box Score

Malibu, Calif. - Senior right hander James Johnson struck out a career-high seven batters in a career-high eight innings of work as No. 23 Pepperdine defeated UCLA 6-1 in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Johnson (1-1) allowed just three hits and retired the final 13 batters he faced in helping the Waves improve to 10-9 on the season. The Bruins fell to 9-10.

The senior right hander's only difficulty came in the fourth inning when UCLA loaded the bases with two outs. However, Johnson retired Sean Smith on a popup to end the inning and did not allow another Bruin to reach base.

In eight innings of work, Johnson allowed three hits, walked one and struck out seven in a 99-pitch performance.

Pepperdine took advantage of control problems by UCLA left-hander Brian Schroeder (2-1) in the third inning as the Waves sent nine batters to the plate and scored four times to take a 4-0 lead.

Schroeder issued back-to-back one-out walks to senior second baseman David Uribes and sophomore shortstop Danny Worth before allowing a run-scoring single to junior designated hitter Chad Tracy.

Junior catcher Justin Tellam walked to load the bases and Worth scored the second run of the inning after sophomore right fielder Donald Brown was hit by a pitch to force home a run and end Schroeder's day.

Jason Novak relieved Schroeder and immediately issued a four-pitch walk to senior first baseman Nick Kliebert that forced home Tracy. Junior center fielder Luke Salas drove in the inning's final run with a sacrifice fly to left field.

The Waves added two more runs in the seventh to take a 6-0 lead following a leadoff double by Worth, who advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Tracy's single through a drawn-in infield. Senior left fielder Brandon Daguio doubled to left field to bring home Tracy with the Waves' sixth run.

UCLA avoided being shutout when pinch-hitter Eric Taylor opened the inning with a home run off Pepperdine left-hander Mike Craig, who was making first pitching appearance of the season. The junior left-hander then retired the next three batters to end the game.

Pepperdine returns to action on Friday when it opens a three-game series against Oklahoma State beginning at 2 p.m. The series continues with 1 p.m. contests on Saturday and Sunday.