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No. 10 Pepperdine wins 13-12 Slugfest at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday

March 7, 2007

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz equaled a career-high with four hits and shortstop Danny Worth totaled a career-best four RBI to lead No. 10 Pepperdine to a 13-12 victory over UC Santa Barbara Tuesday afternoon at Caesar Uyseka Stadium in Santa Barbara.

The win was the Waves' 13th in their last 15 games as they improved to 14-4 overall while the Gauchos fell to 4-8.

Pepperdine produced a four-run second inning, scored six times in the fifth and tacked on two more in the seventh to build a 12-5 lead. However, UC Santa Barbara battled back against the Waves' bullpen scoring two in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth to cut the deficit to 12-11.

Sophomore second baseman Denny Duron led off the ninth with a single to right, stole second, advanced to third on a single by Ortiz and scored what proved to be the winning run on fielder's choice that gave Pepperdine a 13-11 lead.

UC Santa Barbara's Steve Domecus hit a pinch-hit home run off junior reliever Jason Dominguez in the bottom of the ninth to once again pull the Gauchos to within a run.

The home run was the first run allowed by Dominguez since taking over as Pepperdine's closer the second week of the season. Despite the home run, Dominguez earned his sixth save in six opportunities on Tuesday.

For the second time this season, every batter in the Waves' starting line-up had at least one. Among Worth's three hits were a double and triple. His double was the 47th of his career, tying him with Woody Cliffords (1999-01) and Cory Brightwell (2001-04) for eighth place on the school's all-time list.

Pepperdine is next in action on Friday when it opens a three-game series against No. 16 Oklahoma State in Stillwater beginning at 4:30 p.m. (PST).