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No. 8 Pepperdine Defeats Minnesota 8-1 in Friday's Series Opener

March 16, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Junior All-American Barry Enright allowed an unearned in eight innings and freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy equaled career-highs with three hits and two RBI to lead No. 8 Pepperdine to an 8-1 victory over Minnesota Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game series at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Juniors Adrian Ortiz and Danny Worth also collected three hits and two RBI apiece to help the Waves improve to 16-6 on the season and up their home mark to 11-1. Pepperdine's best-ever home start came during the 1999 campaign when it opened 15-1 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Enright (5-1) was dominant throughout most of his start as he scattered six hits, walked one and struck out six to improve his career record to 28-4 and move into a tie with Doug Simons (1986-88) for fourth place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list.

After allowing a leadoff single and a walk to open the game, Enright retired 18 of the next 19 batters he faced, including a stretch of 11 straight.

While Enright was keeping the Golden Gophers (10-4) off-balance, the Waves used timely hitting and took advantage of two Minnesota errors to score four times in the second inning against Ethan Vogt (0-1).

Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud extended his career-long hitting streak to 12 games with an infield single to open the inning. One out later, Heroy singled to left-center field to put runners at the corners.

Sophomore Denny Duron produced the first run of the game when he reached on a fielding error by Minnesota second baseman Derek McCallum that plated d'Arnaud. Both Heroy and Duron advanced on the play when McCallum's throw sailed past first baseman Bryan Jost.

Heroy came home on a wild pitch and Duron scored on an infield single by Ortiz. Worth drove in the final run of the inning with a double to left-center field that scored Ortiz from first base and gave Enright all the runs he would need.

Worth collected his second RBI of the game with a fifth-inning single that gave Pepperdine a 5-0 lead. The Waves added two more runs in the sixth and capped the scoring with an RBI single by Heroy in the seventh inning.

Minnesota finally broke through for an unearned run in the eighth inning on an RBI single by center fielder Matt Nohelty.

Sophomore right hander Nick Gaudi worked a scoreless ninth inning for the Waves.

Pepperdine and Minnesota continue their series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.