April 8, 2006
(Malibu, CA) - In game two of a three game series, USF fell to Pepperdine 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field. The Dons (20-14, 3-2 WCC) only trailed by three hits in the game, stroking 10, while the Waves (21-14, 2-3 WCC) had 13.
Pepperdine plated one in the first, but the Dons tied it in the top of the fourth. Junior left-fielder Scott Cousins singled and stole second before senior right-fielder Stefan Gartrell lined a double down the left-field line to score Cousins. The Waves regained the lead in the bottom of the frame, scoring two.
In the sixth, senior short stop Andrew Smith singled through the left side and Cousins homered to right field to tie the score at three runs a piece. USF couldn't hold off the Waves as they scored two more in the eighth.
Cousins ended the night 2-for-4 with a homerun and a stolen base. Gartrell was 2-for-4; freshman second baseman Zach Kim was 2-for-2 with a stolen base. Junior pinch hitter Blake Nelson and sophomore first baseman Mitchell Bialosky each had doubles in the game. Smith and sophomore third baseman Joey Railey each ended the afternoon with one hit.
Sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda took the loss, throwing seven-plus innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on 13 hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Pepperdine's Brett Hunter got the win in relief, throwing two scoreless innings, allowing only two hits. Second baseman David Uribes and short stop Danny Worth were both 3-for-4 on the afternoon for the Waves.
USF and Pepperdine meet in the rubber match on Sunday at 1:00 PM.