April 7, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - LMU (13-22-1, 2-4 WCC) hit into a frustrating four double plays Saturday, as ninth-ranked Pepperdine (26-8, 6-0 WCC) held on to win game three 3-2 in Malibu. The game, televised nationally on CSTV, concluded the three-game West Coast Conference series that was decided by a combined four runs.
After starting WCC play last weekend with a series win over San Francisco, the Lions dropped three thrillers on the road against the top-10 Waves. Pepperdine outscored LMU by a total of just four runs all weekend.
The Lions had entered the weekend 7-7 against the Waves over the last three seasons.
Pepperdine struck first in the bottom of the third inning Saturday on a two-run double by Adrian Ortiz.
The Waves added another run in the fourth inning when a sacrifice fly by Eric Thames plated Chase d'Arnaud, who had singled to leadoff the frame.
The Lions cut the lead to one run in the fifth when T.J. Bernardy's single drove in both Elvis Herrera and Angelo Songco. Herrera had drawn a leadoff walk from Waves starter Robert Dickmann and Songco had followed with a single.
Neither team would score past the fifth inning, although the Lions had the best chances, loading the bases in the sixth and ninth innings. Double plays killed LMU's comeback bid, as the Lions grounded into double plays four times, including in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.
Dickmann (4-1) earned the win after throwing 8.2 innings and scattering eight hits.
LMU starter Daniel Macias (3-4) worked eight innings, allowing the Waves' three runs on eight hits. Macias struck out two and did not issue any free passes Saturday.
Michael Glomb extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 straight games after going 2-for-4.
Donald Brown had the only multiple-hit outing for Pepperdine, going 2-for-3.
The Lions were perfect defensively Saturday, while the Waves were charged with two errors, both coming in the final three innings.
The Lions will host San Diego State Tuesday at Page Stadium before heading back out on the road for a WCC series at Saint Mary's. All four games will be carried live on both Gametracker and Lions' All-Access audio at www.LMULions.com.