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WCC Baseball Recaps

March 26, 2007

Pepperdine - 11
UC Santa Barbara - 3

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.

San Francisco - 6
Sacramento State - 1

Sacramento, CA - San Francisco took a 6-1 non-conference victory over Sacramento State (9-17) on Monday afternoon. The Dons five game win streak is their longest since a ten game win streak from May 2 through May 26 last season. USF (14-12) out hit Sac State 11-7.

Senior left fielder Jonnie Knoble had a career day, belting four hits, including a double, scoring twice and stealing two bases. He now has 11 steals on the season. Junior first baseman Mitchell Bialosky went 2-for-4 on the day with two RBI. Junior second baseman Joey Railey also had two hits. WCC Co-Player of the Week Luke Sommer had a hit, an RBI, scored twice and stole his fifth base. Senior center fielder Lucas DeLong (double) and senior designated hitter Blake Nelson had a hit a piece.

Senior right hander John Quine (2-1) earned the victory in the longest outing of his career. Quine threw 4.0 innings of one hit scoreless relief and struck out a career high seven Hornets against one walk. Freshman Chase Tigert started the game, throwing 4.2 solid innings, only allowing one earned run off four hits, three walks and one strikeout.

Cyrus Sarraf (0-3) earned the loss for Sac State, throwing 3.0 innings, allowing four earned runs off five hits, a walk and four strikeouts. Ryan Blair and David Flores each had two hits for the Hornets.

USF returns to action tomorrow in Reno. First pitch against the University of Nevada-Reno is set for 2:00 PM.