April 9, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Senior right hander Patrick McGuigan tossed a complete-game six-hitter to lead San Francisco to a 2-0 series-clinching victory over No. 22 Pepperdine in the finale of a three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) series Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
McGuigan (8-1) did not walk a batter and struck out three as he took advantage of an aggressive Waves' line-up and moved into second place on San Francisco's all-time wins list with 18.
The loss dropped Pepperdine to 21-15 on the season and 2-4 in WCC play.
San Francisco (21-14, 4-2) did all of its scoring in the third inning against Pepperdine freshman right hander Bryce Stowell (1-1), who was make his first collegiate start.
After working out of trouble in the first and second innings, Stowell was unable to escape the third. The rookie right hander issued a leadoff walk to Joey Raily, who was sacrificed to second by shortstop Andrew Smith.
Stowell then induced Scott Cousins to ground out for the second out of the inning. However, Stefan Gartrell hit a ground ball through the right side that drove in Railey with the first run of the game.
Designated hitter Blake Nelson followed with a single to right field that ended Stowell's day.
Sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez relieved Stowell and gave up a ground ball single through the middle to Jonathan Norfolk that scored Gartrell with the second run of the inning.
That would be all the scoring in the game as McGuigan was in control throughout and Dominguez and senior left-hander Bryan Minkel combined for 6.1 scoreless innings of relief.
San Francisco collected 13 hits in the contest, putting runners on base in seven of the nine innings, but was unable to break open the game against Pepperdine pitching.
Meanwhile, McGuigan faced just three batters over the minimum through the first seven innings before the Waves produced their only threat of the game in the eighth inning. Pincuh-hitter Michael Beattie and freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud hit back-to-back singles with two outs.
However, McGuigan was able to induce senior second baseman David Uribes to hit into a force play to end the inning after the Waves' senior fouled off several pitches with two strikes. Uribes went hitless in the game to end his career-high 14-game hitting streak.
The series win for San Francisco was its first over the Waves since winning two of three at Benedetti Diamond in 2001.
Pepperdine returns to action on Thursday when it opens a three-game series against Santa Clara at Schott Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.