April 13, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif. - Senior left-hander Paul Coleman struck out eight in seven innings and every player in the starting line-up had at least one hit as Pepperdine defeated Santa Clara 9-4 in the opener of a three-game series Thursday night at Schott Stadium.
The win improved the Waves to 22-15 on the season and 3-4 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play while Santa Clara fell to 20-15 overall and 3-4 in conference action.
Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning before the Waves broke a 2-2 tie with a four-run fourth inning against Santa Clara starter Sean O'Neill (2-5).
Freshman right fielder Denny Duron started the rally with a leadoff single and senior second baseman David Uribes followed with a double to right center field to put runners on second and third. After Duron scored from third on an infield out by sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz, junior catcher Chad Tracy doubled down the right field line to give Pepperdine a 4-2 lead.
One out later, sophomore shortstop Danny Worth drove in Tracy with a double to right field. Worth scored the Waves' final run of the inning when freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud reached on an error by Santa Clara shortstop Michael Lange.
Uribes' double was the 295th hit of his career and tied him with current Waves assistant coach Rick Hirtensteiner for second place on Pepperdine's all-time hits list. He also moved into a tie for sixth place on the school's all-time doubles list with 47.
Santa Clara cut the deficit to 6-3 with a run in the sixth before Pepperdine broke the game open with a three-run seventh against Broncos reliever Chris Stansbury.
Coleman's eight strikeouts gave him 237 for his career and tied him with Kea Kometani for eighth place on Pepperdine's all-time strikeout list. In his seven innings of work, Coleman (5-3) scattered eight hits, four runs and walked two.
Ortiz, d'Arnaud and senior first baseman Nick Kliebert each had three hits for the Waves.
Pepperdine will look for its first WCC series win of the season when it faces Santa Clara Friday at Schott Stadiun beginning at 7 p.m.