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No. 19 Pepperdine Falls 8-1 to LMU in West Coast Conference Opener

March 31, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Brad Meyers allowed five hits over 8.2 innings and left fielder Erik Johnson broke a scoreless tie with a two-out solo home run in the sixth inning to help Loyola Marymount open West Coast Conference (WCC) play with an 8-1 victory over No. 19 Pepperdine Friday afternoon at George Page Stadium.

In out-dueling Waves' senior left-hander Paul Coleman, Meyers and the Lions (12-20, 1-0) snapped Pepperdine's (19-12, 0-1) season-high seven-game winning streak.

The two pitchers were locked in a scoreless game until the sixth inning when Johnson sent a 2-0 pitch from Coleman over the left field wall to give LMU a 1-0 lead and snap a streak of 10 consecutive batters retired by the Waves' left-hander.

The home run came after Pepperdine put two on with no outs in the top half of the sixth. However, the Waves were unable to break through against Meyers as he induced junior catcher Chad Tracy to hit into a double play and sophomore center fielder Donald Brown flew out to center field to end the inning.

The Lions added to their lead in the seventh scoring three times to take a 4-0 lead. The big hit was a two-run double by left fielder DeAndre Miller. LMU broke the game open in the eighth scoring four times against sophomore reliever Brian Ozols to take a commanding 8-0 lead.

In his 8.2 innings of work, Meyers (5-2) allowed one run, five hits, walked three and struck out four. He was denied a complete-game shutout when senior Nick Kliebert singled to left field to drive home Tracy with the Waves' lone run of the game.

Coleman (4-2) surrendered seven hits, four runs (two earned), walked one and struck out five in seven innings.

Pepperdine and LMU continue their three-game weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.