April 1, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - Loyola Marymount's George Page Stadium continued its history of being a place where the truly bizarre and insane is written on a regular basis. And Saturday afternoon offered another chapter.
The contest between No. 19 Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount included a five-run inning by both teams, 10 runs scored in the final two innings, two stirring comebacks by the Waves, a pair of balk calls that allowed runs to score, an error by a usually sure-handed second baseman and a hit batsman with the bases loaded that forced home the winning run.
In the end, Loyola Marymount enjoyed its home-field advantage as it came away an 11-10 victory over Pepperdine to clinch the West Coast Conference (WCC) series and claim its sixth regular-season series win over Pepperdine in the last eight years, five of which have been played at George Page Stadium.
After the Waves scored five times in the eighth inning to erase an 8-3 deficit and received a two-run home run from junior catcher Justin Tellam in the ninth inning that tied the score 10-10, LMU's Sean Dovel scored the winning run when Chris Pettit was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The hit batsman came one pitch after sure-handed Pepperdine second baseman David Uribes could not cleanly field a ground ball hit by Anthony Soto that would have ended the inning and sent the game into extra innings.
After a five-run sixth inning gave LMU an 8-3 lead, Pepperdine responded with a five-run inning of its own in the eighth to tie the score, 8-8. In batting around, the Waves collected five hits and were the recipients of two walks from the Lions' bullpen.
The first five Pepperdine batters of the inning reached base before an out was recorded. Among those hits was a two-run double by Tellam that cut the deficit to 8-5. Pinch-hitter Matt Aidem's infield out with the bases loaded made it 8-6 before Uribes and junior designated hitter Chad Tracy had RBI singles to complete the comeback.
LMU went back out in front 10-8 in the bottom of the eighth. Soto and center fielder Chris Pettit hit back-to-back one-out singles that put runners at the corners. Designated hitter Brian Wilson followed and was hit by a pitch to the load the bases.
Pepperdine reliever Jason Dominguez (2-1) then induced second baseman Eric Farris to hit a hard ground ball in the hole at Waves shortstop Danny Worth, who fed the ball to Uribes for a force out at second. Uribes' return throw to first attempting to complete the inning-ending double play pulled Mike Craig off the bag, allowing Farris to reach safely and Soto to score the go-ahead run.
The Lions second run came when Dominguez was called for a balk while attempting the fake-to-third, look-at-first play. It was the second time a Pepperdine pitcher was called for a balk that resulted in an LMU run.
The Waves rallied once more in the ninth when left fielder Luke Salas walked with one out and Tellam launched a high drive over the left-field wall against LMU reliever Kyle Mura.
In the bottom of the ninth, catcher Sean Dovel doubled to right field with one out. Shortstop Casey Gordon was then intentionally walked to set up a double play. Dominguez then induced Mura to pop out to third for the second out of the inning.
However, the error by Uribes and the hit batsman ended the game in LMU's favor.
Sophomore right hander Andy Beal held the Waves to three runs over the first seven innings before Pepperdine tagged the LMU bullpen for seven runs and seven hits over the final two innings.
The Waves, who had a run in and the bases with one out in the first inning against Beal, had a chance for a really big inning, but Salas hit into an inning-ending double play that kept it a 1-0 game.
The Lions tied the game in the bottom of the inning and went ahead 2-1 in the second before the Waves re-gained the lead 3-2 in the fourth on a two-run single by center fielder Adrian Ortiz.
LMU tied the game 3-3 in the fifth against Waves starter Brett Hunter.
Tellam led the Waves offensively with four hits and four RBI while Uribes had three hits and scored twice.
Pepperdine will try to salvage the final game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.