April 7, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann scattered eight hits in a career-high 8.2 innings and junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz had a clutch two-run double to help No. 9 Pepperdine register a 3-2 victory and complete a three-game sweep of Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Dickmann (4-1) used the double play ball to his benefit as he induced the Lions (13-22-1, 2-4) to hit into four of them to end rallies and preserve the victory as the Waves won their season-high seventh straight while improving to 26-8 overall and 6-0 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play.
The Pepperdine left-hander ended the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings with double plays. Dickmann retired the first two batters in the ninth before allowing a single and was denied his first career complete-game when an error prolonged the inning.
Freshman Daniel Farris came on with two runners aboard and struck out pinch-hitter Brian Wilson on a called third strike to preserve the win and record his first career save.
The Waves took a 2-0 lead against LMU starter Daniel Macias (3-4) in the third inning when sophomore second baseman Denny Duron and senior left fielder Luke Salas opened the frame with back-to-back singles and scored on a one-out double to right center field by Adrian Ortiz.
Pepperdine added a run in the third to make it 3-0 after sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud and junior right fielder Donald Brown singled to start the inning. Both runners were sacrificed to second and third and d'Arnaud came home on a sacrifice fly by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames.
After facing the minimum through the first four innings, Dickmann struggled a bit with his command as he walked the leadoff batter to begin the fifth, allowed a base hit and walk to load the bases with no outs. He recorded the first out of the inning on a short fly ball to right field before allowing a two-run single to J.J. Bernardy that hit off the glove of third baseman d'Arnaud, who made a diving attempt to field the ball and had it skirt in to short left field.
The Lions would re-load the bases again in the inning following a sacrifice and an intentional walk before Dickmann got out the jam by inducing a ground ball to end the threat.
LMU loaded the bases again in the sixth with one out before Dickmann found the double play to be his best friend.
Ortiz extended his hitting streak to nine games and Brown had two hits to lead the Waves' offense. Junior Danny Worth, who entered the game with a career-long 18-game hitting streak, saw it come to an end after going 0-for-4.
Pepperdine is next in action on Tuesday when it travels to Blair Field to take on Long Beach State. The two teams will conclude the halted game from February 6 in Malibu beginning at 5 p.m. before playing the regularly scheduled game.