March 25, 2006
The Waves took game two of the weekend series against the Wildcats with a 10-3 win behind freshman Brett Hunter's first start of his collegiate career. Saturday's victory clinched the series win for Pepperdine as they improve to 17-11 on the year. The two teams will meet in the series finale on Sunday in a game that has been moved to 11:30 a.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Hunter dominated the Wildcats for the majority of his season high 7.0 innings, only faltering in the fifth when he surrendered two runs. The Waves' hurler struck out nine, which also was a season high for Hunter, who has predominantly served as a closer this year.
Pepperdine's offense once again provided plenty of support as they clubbed 16 hits while scoring 10 runs off Wildcat starter Dan Brauer. Adrian Ortiz, returned to the starting lineup after being sidelined with a wrist injury to go 3-for-5 on the day. Chad Tracy and Chase d'Arnaud also collected three hits each. Tracy tallied two triples and two RBI on the day. Senior David Uribes knocked his first homerun of the year, a solo shot in the fourth.
The majority of the offense came during a six-run sixth, in which Pepperdine sent 11 men to the plate. Catcher Justin Tellam led off the inning with a solo blast to left center, his fourth of the year. Six more Waves reached base safely before the first out was recorded.
With the victory, Hunter improved to 3-2 on the year. Doug Konoske pitched the final two innings, allowing one run on two hits and a strikeout.