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No. 21 Pepperdine Defeats Dartmouth 9-2 Sunday in Series Finale

March 19, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - Senior right hander James Johnson allowed one run over six innings while senior first baseman Nick Kliebert and sophomore shortstop Danny Worth collected three hits apiece to lead No. 21 Pepperdine to a 9-2 series-clinching victory over visiting Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The win improved the Waves to 14-11 and marked their fifth series win of the season. Dartmouth fell to 1-5.

After allowing a first-inning run, Johnson (2-1) held the Big Green scoreless over his final five innings of work as he retired eight of the final nine batters he faced. In six innings of work, Johnson surrendered six hits, one run, walked two and struck out three.

The senior right hander received all the run support he would need in the third inning as Pepperdine scored three times off Dartmouth starter Ryan Marten (0-1).

Junior center fielder Luke Salas opened the inning with single to right field and scored on junior designated hitter Chad Tracy's two-run home run to left field. The blast was the third of the season for Tracy and moved him into sole possession of eighth place on the school's all-time home run list with 27.

Kliebert scored the final run of the inning after doubling to right-center field, advancing to third on a bunt single by Worth, and scoring on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Matt Aidem.

The three-run inning began a stretch in which the Waves would score in six consecutive frames en route to building a 9-2 lead. Pepperdine totaled a season-high tying 16 hits in the ballgame as every player in the starting line-up had at least one hit.

Junior catcher Justin Tellam collected a pair of hits, including a home run to lead off the fourth, and Kliebert scored three runs in addition to his three hits.

Tracy and Worth extended their hitting streaks to a team-high eight games. The hitting streak is a career-long for Worth.

Pepperdine returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton for a 6 p.m. contest at Goodwin Field.