March 10, 2007
Stillwater, Okla. - Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter allowed two runs in seven innings and was backed by a season-high three home runs as No. 10 Pepperdine defeated No. 16 Oklahoma State 7-3 Saturday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium to even the series at a game apiece.
The Waves received home runs from junior Donald Brown and sophomores Chase d'Arnaud and Denny Duron to improve to 15-5 on the season. The victory snapped the Cowboys' seven-game winning streak as they fell to 12-4.
One day after surrendering a ninth-inning lead and suffering a tough loss, Pepperdine opened Saturday's game with a three-run first inning and was never threatened.
Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz led off the game with a triple down the right field line and scored on a triple to right center field by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames. Junior right fielder Donald Brown capped the inning with a two-run home run to right field off Oklahoma State starter Oliver Odle (2-2).
After being staked to a 3-0 lead, Hunter (3-1) held the Cowboys hitless through the first 3.1 innings before surrendering a one-out single in the fourth and did not allow a run until the sixth inning.
Meanwhile, Pepperdine was adding to its lead, scoring a run in the third on an RBI single by Thames and building a 5-0 lead on a home run by d'Arnaud in the fourth.
The Waves went up 6-0 in the sixth and Duron accounted for their final run with a ninth-inning home run, the first of his career.
Oklahoma State mounted a rally in the ninth inning as it scored a run and had two runners on with two outs before junior right hander Jason Dominguez came in to record the final out and earn his seventh save of the season.
Thames had two hits and two RBI while d'Arnaud had a pair of hits and scored twice.
The two clubs will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. (PDT).