March 7, 2006
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.
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.