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No. 19 Pepperdine Rallies in Ninth to Defeat LMU 8-7 Sunday Afternoon

April 2, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - Senior second baseman David Uribes hit a two-out, two-run bases loaded single in the ninth inning to lift No. 19 Pepperdine to an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Loyola Marymount in the finale of a three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) series at George Page Stadium Sunday afternoon.

One day after suffering a heart-breaking 11-10 loss in the ninth inning, the Waves (20-13, 1-2) turned the table on the Lions (13-21, 2-1) as they came back to win in their final at-bat.

Trailing 7-6 heading into the ninth inning, Pepperdine rallied against LMU relievers Ezequiel Ruvalcaba (1-2) and Lee Roberts.

Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth opened the inning with a double to deep left-center field against Ruvalcaba. Junior left fielder Luke Salas sacrificed Worth to third and sophomore Donald Brown walked to put runners at the corners and end the day for Ruvalcaba.

Roberts came on and immediately walked senior designated hitter Brandon Daguio to load the bases. Senior third baseman Nick Kliebert popped up to short right field for the second out, setting the stage for Uribes' dramatics.

Uribes hit a line drive to right field that dropped in front of Erik Johnson that plated Worth and Brown with the tying and go-ahead runs. Brown scored the eventual winning run when Johnson's strong throw to the plate was dropped by Lions catcher Sean Dovel.

Freshman right hander Bryce Stowell (1-0), who came on in the eighth, pitched a perfect ninth inning to register his first career win.

After Pepperdine jumped to a 4-0 lead with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth, LMU battled back against Waves sophomore right hander Barry Enright. The Lions cut the lead in half in the sixth on a two-run home run by Johnson and scored four times in the seventh to go ahead 6-4.

The Waves battled back to tie the score in the eighth, scoring twice on RBI singles by sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz and junior catcher Chad Tracy. Pepperdine had a third run erased at the plate, when pinch-runner Denny Duron was thrown out trying to score from second base on Ortiz' single up the middle. Tracy followed with a drive to right center to tie the score.

LMU went ahead 7-6 in the bottom of the eighth, scoring a run with two outs. Eric Farris hit a chopper up the middle that Uribes fielded and flipped to Worth at second base in an attempt to force Brett Mendoza for the final out. However, Mendoza beat the throw, allowing Chris Pettit to score from third base.

Just as Pepperdine had a runner thrown out at the plate in the top half of the inning, the Lions had a runner cut down at home in their half of the inning.

With runners at second and third, one out and the Pepperdine infield playing in, Mendoza hit a grounder to shortstop where Worth threw home to nail pinch-runner DeAndre Miller.

Ortiz led the Waves offensively with three hits, while Uribes, Tracy and Worth collected two hits apiece.

Pepperdine returns to action on Friday when it opens a three-game series against San Francisco at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.