April 5, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Ninth-ranked Pepperdine opened a 0-0 game with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and held on to win game one of the three-game West Coast Conference series 3-1 over LMU (13-20, 2-2 WCC) Friday in Malibu. Sophomore starter Brian Wilson held the top-10 Waves (24-8, 4-0 WCC) scoreless on three hits until Pepperdine rallied in the eighth.
Pepperdine's Denny Duron led the bottom of the eighth off with a single. Freshman Travis Tartamella sacrificed him to second, and Duron was able to advance to third on a throwing error. Adrian Ortiz drove Duron in with a single for the first run of the game. Tartamella then made it 2-0 when he scored on another throwing error. Danny Worth's double made it a three-run inning for the Waves.
LMU freshman Angelo Songco led off the ninth inning with the Lions' only run of the game: a homerun off the scoreboard in right field. But Pepperdine closer Jason Dominguez retired the next three Lion batters to ward off the comeback bid and earn his ninth save of the season.
Wilson and Pepperdine starter Barry Enright worked quickly, with Wilson having the early edge after holding the Waves to three hits through the seventh. Wilson would suffer the loss though, and fall to 2-4 on the season.
The Lions tallied 11 hits on the day off of Enright, a preseason All-American, but he would earn the win to improve to 8-1 on the season. Despite entering the contest with 30 victories, Enright had never defeated LMU.
Songco and senior DeAndre Miller combined for six of those 11 hits, as each posted three on the day.
The Lions threatened early, putting a runner in scoring position in each of the first four innings. But LMU was never able to get the timely hitting it needed to push them across, leaving seven runners on base for the day.
Pepperdine and LMU combined to turn four double plays on the day.
Ortiz and Worth each finished 2-for-3 for Pepperdine.
The series continues Friday with a 3:00 p.m. game at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu. Fans who can't make the trip up the coast with the Lions can catch the action on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access at www.LMULions.com.