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Minnesota Rallies Late to top No. 8 Pepperdine, 5-4, Sunday Afternoon

March 18, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Minnesota rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to erase a two-run deficit and held on for a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over No. 8 Pepperdine Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to salvage the finale of the three-game series.

The loss overshadowed a solid outing by sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, who allowed five hits and two runs in a career-high 7-plus innings. For the third time in the span of nine days, the Waves' bullpen was unable to hold a lead entering the seventh inning or beyond.

Pepperdine (17-7) broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth inning before Minnesota (11-5) sent nine batters to the plate in the eighth inning against four Waves pitchers.

Dickmann began the eighth inning and surrendered a leadoff single to Matt Nohelty. The Pepperdine left-hander was relieved by freshman right hander Daniel Farris, who recorded a ground ball out before falling behind 2-0 to Mike Nee. Farris was relieved by rookie left-hander Jordan Durrance, who lost Nee to put two on with one out.

Junior right hander Jason Dominguez (1-2), who entered the game seven for eight in save opportunities this season, replaced Durrance and allowed a single to left field by Mike Hanson that loaded the bases.

Kyle Baron followed with an RBI single to right field that sliced the Waves' lead to 3-2, and pinch-hitter Derek McCallum received a bases loaded walk that forced in the tying run. The Golden Gophers took their first lead of the series on a deep fly to left field that was caught in foul territory allowing Hanson to score from third.

Catcher Jeff DeSmidt capped the inning with a single to center field to plate Baron and give Minnesota a 5-3 lead.

Pepperdine rallied back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring a run on an RBI single to right-center field by sophomore second baseman Denny Duron that made it 5-4 and put runners at the corners with one out.

However, Josh Oslin came out of the bullpen and got Trent Diedrich to hit into and inning-ending double play.

The Waves had one more scoring chance in the bottom of the ninth inning as they got the tying run to second base before Oslin induced a pair of ground balls to end the game and preserve the win for the Golden Gophers.

Duron had three hits to lead the Waves, who lost for just the second time in 14 home games this season.

Pepperdine returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Dedeaux Field to take on USC beginning at 6 p.m.