April 1, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Senior left fielder Luke Salas went 4-for-4 and had three RBI to lead a season-high tying 18-hit attack and sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann allowed one run over seven innings as No. 10 Pepperdine completed a three-game sweep of Saint Mary's with an 11-6 victory Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The Waves improved to a season-high 15-games over .500 at 23-8, including 3-0 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play, and have won four in a row. The Gaels lost their fourth straight and fell to 16-12-1 and 0-3 in the WCC.
Pepperdine virtually put the game away in the first inning as it sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring six runs on seven consecutive hits with two outs. Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud started the hit parade with a single to left field and freshman catcher Travis Tartamella capped the inning with a two-run single to left against Gaels starter Anthony Aliotti (4-2).
Saint Mary's finally broke through against Dickmann (3-1) with a run in the sixth before the Waves turned the game into a laugher in the bottom half of the frame, scoring five times to build an 11-1 lead.
Sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames had a two-run single and Salas doubled home a pair of runs to highlight the inning.
The Waves appeared headed for an easy victory before Saint Mary's came to life in the top of the ninth, scoring five runs (one earned) against sophomore right hander Doug Konoske, who was making his first appearance since March 13 at Cal State Fullerton.
Sophomore right hander Nick Gaudi came on with the bases loaded and two outs to record the final out and secure Pepperdine's third three-game series sweep and sixth series win of the season.
The Waves had six players register multiple-hit games as every starter had at least one hit, including junior right fielder Donald Brown, who collected three hits, and junior shortstop Danny Worth, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games, tying d'Arnaud for the longest hitting streak this season.
Pepperdine next plays on Thursday when it hosts Loyola Marymount in the opener of a three-game series at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.