March 25, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Junior left-hander Chuck Huggins allowed three hits over six scoreless innings and received three shutout innings of relief from sophomore right hander Matt Wade as UC Santa Barbara blanked No. 12 Pepperdine 7-0 Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to even the three-game weekend series at a game apiece.
The loss marked the first time the Waves (19-8) have been shutout in 54 games dating back to April 9, 2006 when they lost 2-0 to San Francisco in the series finale. UC Santa Barbara evened its record at 11-11.
After setting the side down in order in the first inning, sophomore right hander Brett Hunter (4-2) ran into control problems in the second as he hit the leadoff batter then walked three straight to force home a run that set the stage for a seven-run inning in which the Gauchos sent 12 batters to the plate.
UC Santa Barbara followed the free passes with five hits, two coming against Hunter and three surrendered by junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski, who came on in relief and allowed three run-scoring singles before getting the final out.
Olbrychowski was able to restore order as he pitched 5.2 innings, allowed three hits, one run, walked one and struck out three. The junior right hander retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced, including the last 10.
Freshman left-hander Jonathan Harmston finished the game for the Waves and pitched two scoreless innings.
One day after totaling a season-high 16 runs and 18 hits against UC Santa Barbara pitching, Pepperdine was held in check by Huggins and Wade.
In his six innings of work, Huggins allowed just three hits, walked four and struck out four with his only difficulty coming in the first inning when he allowed a pair of walks and a single by Eric Thames that loaded the bases with two outs. However, Huggins recorded a strikeout to end the inning and the Waves' biggest scoring threat.
Pepperdine did manage to produce base runners against Huggins and Wade throughout the game, but the two UC Santa Barbara hurlers came up with the big pitches, stranding 12 Waves on the base paths.
It looked as though Pepperdine might finally get on the board in the ninth inning as it loaded the bases with one out. However, Wade worked out of the jam by getting an inning-ending double play.
The loss marked just third home defeat of the season in 15 games for the Waves, with all three coming on Sundays.
Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz had three of Pepperdine's eight hits while Thames had two hits and reached base four times.
Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara conclude their series with a 3 p.m. contest Monday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.