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Coleman Pitches No. 23 Pepperdine to 4-1 Win over Oklahoma State

March 10, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - Senior left-hander Paul Coleman allowed three hits over 8.1 innings and recorded his 200th career strikeout as No. 23 Pepperdine defeated visiting Oklahoma State 4-1 Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

In his longest outing of the season, Coleman (3-1) walked three and struck out six in helping the Waves (11-9) to their season-high third straight win. Coleman, who increased his career strikeout total to 203, limited an Oklahoma State (9-3) offense that came into the game averaging 14.5 hits and 10.7 runs a game, to three singles, including two of the bunt variety.

The Cowboys only run came in the third inning when they scored without the benefit of a hit. A leadoff walk, sacrifice, fielder's choice and sacrifice fly produced Oklahoma State's only run.

Coleman went on to retire 10 of the next 11 batters before surrendering a bunt hit with one out in the seventh inning. He allowed another bunt single to Shelby Ford with one out in the ninth inning. The only other hit off Coleman was a single up the middle by Adam Carr with one out in the fifth.

Pepperdine erased a 1-0 deficit in the fourth inning when Luke Salas singled up the middle to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by sophomore right fielder Donald Brown.

The Waves scored twice off Oklahoma State starter Oliver Odle (2-2) in the sixth inning. Junior catcher Chad Tracy opened the inning with single to center field, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored the go-ahead run on a single up the middle by sophomore shortstop Danny Worth.

Senior third baseman Nick Kliebert, who walked ahead of Worth's base hit, scored on a single to right field by junior designated hitter Michael Beattie.

Pepperdine's final run came in the eighth inning on back-to-back doubles by Worth and junior first baseman Justin Tellam.

The Waves and Cowboys continue their weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.