April 7, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Junior left-hander Scott Cousins allowed one earned run over eight innings and San Francisco scored four times in the second inning as the Dons defeated No. 22 Pepperdine 6-3 in the opener of a West Coast Conference (WCC) series Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
San Francisco improved to 20-13 on the season and 3-1 in WCC play while the Waves fell to 20-14 overall and 1-3 in conference action.
The Dons took a 4-0 lead in the second inning against Pepperdine senior left-hander Paul Coleman (4-3). USF opened the frame with three consecutive singles to produce a run before center fielder Lucas DeLong doubled to center to drive in two runs to give the Dons a 3-0 lead. Third baseman Joey Railey's sacrifice fly increased the lead to 4-0.
Pepperdine scored all of its runs in the third inning, taking advantage of two San Francisco errors to score three times and cut the deficit to 4-3.
Freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud doubled down the left field line to open the inning and moved to third on a single to left by senior second baseman David Uribes. d'Arnaud scored the Waves' first run when he was safe on a fielder's choice following a sacrifice bunt from sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz.
Pepperdine cut the lead in half when junior catcher Chad Tracy reached on a throwing error by Railey, allowing Uribes to score from second base. Ortiz and Tracy moved up to second base and third base, respectively, when first baseman Mitchell Bialosky's throw to third base got past Railey as the Dons attempted to throw out Ortiz.
Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth hit a sacrifice fly to plate Ortiz and make it a one-run game.
The score remained 4-3 until the seventh inning when Stefan Gartrell singled up the middle with two outs to give the Dons a 5-3 lead. San Francisco's scored its final run in the eighth, stringing together three consecutive hits with two outs.
In his eight innings of work, Cousins (3-0) allowed seven hits, three runs (one earned), walked one and struck out six. Brian Anderson pitched a scoreless ninth to record his second save of the season.
Uribes, who extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games, led Pepperdine with three hits, while senior first baseman Nick Kliebert had a pair of doubles and d'Arnaud collected two hits.
The Waves wasted a pair of leadoff doubles by Kliebert in the second and eighth innings.
Pepperdine and San Francisco continue their weekend series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday.