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No. 22 Pepperdine Evens Series with 5-3 Victory Saturday Afternoon

April 8, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - Junior catcher Justin Tellam doubled home two runs in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie that helped No. 22 Pepperdine register a 5-3 victory over San Francisco Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Stadium and even the West Coast Conference (WCC) series at a game apiece.

Freshman right fielder Denny Duron also drove in a run with his first career hit and sophomore right hander Barry Enright struck out a career-high eight batters in seven innings as the Waves improved to 21-14 overall and 2-3 in WCC play. The Dons fell to 20-14 on the season and 3-2 in conference action.

The game pitted a pair solid of sophomore pitchers in Enright and USF left-hander Aaron Poreda.

After allowing a first-inning run on an RBI double by junior designated hitter Chad Tracy, Poreda held the Waves scoreless until the fourth inning when they scored twice to take a 3-1 lead.

The Dons had tied the score in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Stefan Gartrell that scored left fielder Scott Cousins, who singled with one out and stole second.

Pepperdine regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth and Tellam opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud followed and reached on a fielder's choice as he forced Tellam at second base.

Duron followed with a double down the left field line to drive in Worth as d'Arnaud advanced to third. Junior left fielder Luke Salas then hit a sacrifice fly to plate d'Arnaud and give the Waves a 3-1 lead.

The score remained 3-1 until the sixth inning when Cousins hit a two-run home run to right field to tie the score 3-3. Cousins' hit also scored shortstop Andrew Smith, who singled to left field with one out.

Pepperdine recaptured the lead in the eighth inning as it strung together three straight hits to open the frame. Senior first baseman Nick Kliebert opened the inning with a single to center field and Worth followed with a bunt single. On the play, Kliebert and Worth advanced to third and second as Peroda made an errant throw to first base.

Tellam followed with a double down the left field line that scored both runners, giving the Waves a 5-3 lead and ending Peroda's day.

John Quine prevented further damage in the inning as he came in to retire the next three batters.

Freshman right hander Brett Hunter (4-2) relieved Enright at the start the eighth and pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory.In his seven innings of work, Enright allowed eight hits, three runs, did not allow a walk and struck out a career-best eight batters.

Senior second baseman David Uribes extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with three hits. Worth also had three hits for the Waves.

Pepperdine and San Francisco conclude their three-game series with the rubber game scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.