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Solid Pitching Lifts No. 19 Pepperdine to 2-1 win Over USC on Wednesday

March 29, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Brian Ozols pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of relief and sophomore center fielder Donald Brown produced a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to lead No. 19 Pepperdine to a 2-1 victory over USC Wednesday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.

The win was a season-high seventh in a row for the Waves, who improved to 19-11 on the season. USC slipped to 15-12.

Pepperdine continued its run of outstanding pitching. After sophomore right hander Barry Enright (6-1) allowed one run in three innings of work, Ozols, junior left-hander Mike Craig and sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez gave the Waves some clutch relief pitching.

The trio logged six shutout innings, allowed seven hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Craig relieved Ozols with two on and two out in the eighth inning and induced a ground ball to strand the potential tying run at third base.

Dominguez struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to record his first career save.

The Waves broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning as they took advantage of a leadoff walk. Junior designated hitter Chad Tracy walked on four pitches to open the inning and moved to second on an infield single by senior first baseman Nick Kliebert. Both runners were sacrificed to second and third by sophomore shortstop Danny Worth before Tracy scored on a sacrifice fly by Brown.

Pepperdine had opportunities to add to its lead in the sixth and seventh innings as it loaded the bases but was unable to come up with the big hit. In the seventh, the Waves put runners on first and third with one out, but USC right hander John Dunn worked out of the jam without allowing further damage.

USC had scoring chances in the fifth and seventh innings against Ozols, but the sophomore right hander was able to work out of trouble. In the fifth, the Trojans had runners on second and third with one out, but a pair of groundouts ended the threat.

In the seventh inning, USC put runners on first and third with one out before Ozols induced Blake Sharpe to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Worth had three hits to lead the Waves offensively.

Pepperdine opens West Coast Conference (WCC) play on Friday when it travels across town to face Loyola Marymount at George Page Stadium in the opener of a three-game series beginning at 2 p.m.