March 31, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore All-American Brett Hunter established career-highs for innings pitched and strikeouts, and junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz hit a two-run tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning to lead No. 10 Pepperdine to a 3-1 victory over Saint Mary's in West Coast Conference (WCC) action Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Hunter (5-2) logged eight innings, allowed four hits, one run, walked two and struck out nine to help the Waves improve to 22-8 overall, including 2-0 in WCC play. The win clinched the three-game series for Pepperdine and handed the Gaels (16-11-1, 0-2) their third straight loss.
Hunter and Saint Mary's starter Brandon Berl were locked in a pitchers' duel for six innings as each allowed one run. Gaels third baseman J.P. Musgrove gave Saint Mary's a 1-0 lead with home run to left field in the fifth inning and the Waves tied the score in the bottom half of the frame on a sacrifice fly to left field by junior shortstop Danny Worth.
With two outs in the seventh inning, Ortiz connected for a two-run shot over the right field wall against Saint Mary's reliever Taylor Stanton (1-1) that gave the Waves a 3-1 lead. The hit was the second of the day for the Waves' center fielder who is 6-for-9 with three runs scored and three RBI through the first two games of the series.
The performance by Hunter was a great bounce-back effort as he was coming off the shortest outing of his career as a starter when he lasted just 1.1 innings and allowed six runs last Saturday against UC Santa Barbara.
Worth extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games with a double in the seventh inning that was the 54th of his career and moved him into a tie with Jared Pitney (1998-01), Dane Sardinha (1998-00) and Danny Garcia (1999-01) for fourth place on the Waves' all-time doubles list.
Pepperdine and Saint Mary's conclude their three-game series with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.