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No. 12 Pepperdine Defeats UC Santa Barbara, 11-3, Monday Afternoon

March 26, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Junior shortstop Danny Worth hit a three-run home run, senior left fielder Luke Salas collected three hits and sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann pitched five effective innings to help No. 12 Pepperdine defeat UC Santa Barbara 11-3 Monday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to clinch the weekend series.

For the second time in three games, every starter in the Waves' line-up had at least one hit as Pepperdine improved to 20-8 and moved 12 games over .500 for the second time this season.

In four games against UC Santa Barbara (11-12) this season, the Waves scored 40 runs and totaled 56 hits despite being shutout on Sunday.

After catcher Chris McMurray hit a two-run home run off Dickmann (2-1) in the top of the fourth inning, Pepperdine answered back with four runs in the bottom half of the frame against UC Santa Barbara starter Mike Ford (1-1) to take a 4-2 lead.

Sophomore second baseman Denny Duron, freshman catcher Trent Diedrich and junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz each had RBI singles during the four-run inning as the Waves sent nine batters to the plate.

UC Santa Barbara scored a run in the top of the fifth to make it a one-run game at 4-3 before the Waves broke the game open with a seven-run bottom half of the inning as Pepperdine sent 10 batters to the plate. The big blow was a three-run home run by Worth that capped the scoring.

Salas, Duron and Ortiz each had RBI singles in the inning. The Waves collected 15 hits in the game, 14 of which were singles.

Dickmann picked up his first win since February 27 against Fresno State after allowing seven hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out one in five innings.

Freshman Daniel Farris pitched 2.1 scoreless innings and was followed by 1.1 innings of work from rookie left-hander Jordan Durrance before junior Jason Dominguez closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.

Worth's home run helped extend his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games, while Salas hit in his 11th straight game.

Pepperdine, three-time defending West Coast Conference (WCC) champions, will begin defense of its 2006 title, when it opens conference play against Saint Mary's Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.