March 30, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and junior All-American Barry Enright pitched eight innings to record his 30th career victory on his 21st birthday as No. 10 Pepperdine defeated Saint Mary's, 7-3, Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium in both teams' West Coast Conference (WCC) opener.
Ortiz and junior shortstop Danny Worth ignited the Waves offense from the top of the order as they went 7-for-10 with three runs scored and two RBI, producing more than enough runs for Enright (7-1), who improved his career mark to 30-4 and helped Pepperdine move a season-high 13 games over .500 at 21-8.
Enright and Saint Mary's junior right hander Sean Gleason (4-2) entered the game as the WCC's top two pitchers in ERA.
Despite both pitchers' impressive statistics, it was the offenses, which took center stage as the two teams combined for 23 hits.
Ortiz got the Waves off to a fast start in the bottom half of the first inning as opened the frame with a single up the middle and Worth followed with his first of two doubles on the afternoon that put runners at second and third with no outs. Sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames drove home Ortiz with the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field and Worth scored on a single to left field by junior right fielder Donald Brown.
After Saint Mary's (16-10-1, 0-1) tallied a run in the top of the third, the Waves answered back with three runs in the bottom half the inning to assume a 5-1 lead. Thames opened with a single through the right side and scored on a double to left-center field by Brown.
After a strikeout and walk, freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy singled to left field to score Brown, and sophomore second baseman Denny Duron hit a sacrifice fly to left to plate senior left fielder Luke Salas, who had walked and advanced to third Heroy's base hit.
Freshman designated hitter Michael Gonzales cut the Pepperdine lead to 5-3 with a two-out, two-run home run to center field off Enright in the top of the sixth. Once again, the Waves answered back in the bottom half, scoring two runs on two-out RBI singles by Ortiz and Worth.
Freshman catcher Travis Tartamella started the rally with a two-out double down the right field line.
Enright finished his eight innings allowing nine hits, three runs, walking one and striking out seven. The victory moved him into sole possession of third place on Pepperdine's all-time career wins list and into a tie with Santa Clara hurlers Wes Bliven (1985-88) and Rick Foley (1975-78) for seventh place on the WCC's all-time wins list.
Worth's two doubles gave him 53 for his career and moved him within one of moving into a tie for fourth place on the Waves' all-time doubles list.Pepperdine and Saint Mary's continue their series with a 1 p.m. contest Saturday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.