March 31, 2007
Malibu, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team dropped a tough 3-1 decision to No. 10 Pepperdine Saturday afternoon from Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Gaels took the early lead but were unable to hold on as SMC now falls to 16-11-1 on the season. The Waves secured the series with the victory.
Brett 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.
The home run is the second of the season for the junior Musgrove. The two teams only combined for 11 hits as SMC tallied four and Pepperdine had seven.
With two outs in the seventh inning, Adrian 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 two run lead is all the Waves would need as they secured the series with their second consecutive victory over the Gaels. Jason Dominguez tallied his eighth save for Pepperdine with a no-hit ninth.
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.
Berl had a nice outing for the Gaels staying pitch-for-pitch with the preseason All-American Hunter. Berl allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts in six innings. Senior Michael Nisco pitched a perfect inning of relief for SMC.
Musgrove led the Gaels at the plate with a 1-for-3 effort and a RBI. The freshmen duo of Anthony Aliotti and Randy Wells both tallied a hit for SMC. Cory Miller recorded the other knock for the Gaels.
Pepperdine and Saint Mary's conclude their three-game series with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.