April 5, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz broke a scoreless tie with a single through a drawn-in infield and shortstop Danny Worth followed with an RBI double in the eighth inning to help lift No. 9 Pepperdine to a 3-1 victory over Loyola Marymount in the opener of a three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) series Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The victory was the fifth straight for the Waves, who improved to 24-8 on the season and 4-0 in WCC play. The Lions fell to 13-20-1 overall and 2-2 in conference action.
Pepperdine junior All-American Barry Enright (8-1) and LMU right hander Brian Wilson (2-4) were locked in a pitchers' duel for seven innings before the Waves finally broke the scoreless tie.
Sophomore second baseman Denny Duron opened the bottom of the eighth with a single to center field. Travis Tartamella followed with a bunt that Wilson fielded and threw to second base in an attempt to force Duron. However, Wilson's throw was late and went into center field, allowing Duron to advance to third and Tartamella reach second.
With the Lions playing the infield in, Ortiz, singled up the middle to drive in Duron with the game's first run. After a passed ball moved Tartamella third and Ortiz to second, Wilson committed his second error of the inning when he threw the ball away at third base on a failed pickoff attempt allowing Tartamella to score and Ortiz move to third.
Worth capped the scoring with a double to left-center field to score Ortiz with the final run of the inning. It was the 55th double of his career and moved him into sole possession of fourth place on the Waves' all-time doubles list.
LMU, which had runners on base in eight of nine innings against Enright, finally broke through for a run in the top of the ninth on a leadoff home run to right field by Angelo Songco.
Junior right hander Jason Dominguez relieved Enright and retired all three batters he faced to record his ninth save in 11 chances this season.
Enright was able to battle out of trouble throughout the game, coming up with the big pitch when he needed it, as he allowed a season-high 11 hits in eight-plus innings, walked one and struck out four.
The Lions got a runner to third base in each of the first four innings, but Enright was able to escape trouble by getting a fly ball, two ground balls and a double play. LMU's best chance to score came in the fourth inning when Songco opened the frame with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice with one out. After a walk, Enright got out of the jam with a double play.
The win improved Enright's career record to 31-4 and moved him into a tie with Loyola Marymount's Darryl Scott (1987-90) for sixth place in WCC history. The junior right hander is two wins shy of tying Mike Fetters (1984-86) for second place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list.
Ortiz, who has been the Waves' igniter all season, had two hits in the game to extend his streak of multiple-hit games to seven, while Worth had a pair of hits to run his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games and match the longest by a Pepperdine player since Steve Kleen hit safely in 17 games during the 2004 season.
The Waves and Lions continue their three-game series with a 3 p.m. contest Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.