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No. 8 Pepperdine Defeats Minnesota 12-8 Saturday Afternoon to Clinch Series

March 17, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz equaled career-highs with four hits and three runs scored and freshman catcher Travis Tartamella clubbed his first career home run to lead No. 8 Pepperdine to a 12-3 series-clinching victory over Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Sophomore All-American Brett Hunter (4-1) was the beneficiary of the Waves' 16-hit attack as he pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed four hits, walked one and struck out six to help Pepperdine improve to 16-7 and move a season-high 11 games over the .500 mark.

Minnesota suffered its second straight loss and fell to 10-5.

Ortiz ignited the Waves' offense early as he opened the bottom of the first inning with an infield single, stole second and scored on an RBI single up the middle by junior shortstop Danny Worth.

Hunter and Minnesota starter Gary Perinar (0-2) were locked in a one-run game until the fifth when Ortiz once again sparked the Waves' offense. The Pepperdine center fielder opened the frame with a single through the left side, moved to second on a base hit by Worth and scored on sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames' single into right field.

Worth scored the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by junior right fielder Donald Brown. The Waves, who then loaded the bases when Chase d'Arnaud reached on an error and Ryan Heroy walked, scored the third run of the inning when Denny Duron was hit by a pitch that forced in a run. d'Arnaud then scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.

Pepperdine added three runs in the sixth to build an 8-0 lead before Minnesota took advantage of three walks by freshman left-handed reliever Jonathan Harmston to score three times in the top of the eighth and cut the deficit to 8-3.

The Waves answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, with the big blow being a two-out, three-run home run over the left field fence by Tartamella.

Hunter's seven innings pitched equaled his career-high and improved his season record at home to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.08 in four starts while throwing 25.0 innings.

Pepperdine will go for the series sweep on Sunday when it hosts Minnesota beginning at 11 a.m.