April 14, 2007
San Francisco, Calif. - Sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames went 3-for-5 with two RBI and junior right hander Jason Dominguez worked out of a ninth-inning jam to help No. 7 Pepperdine register a 6-4 victory over San Francisco Saturday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond that clinched the West Coast Conference (WCC) series.
Dominguez came on in the ninth inning with a run in, the tying run at the pate and no outs and recorded the final three outs to register his 10th save of the season preserving the victory that helped the Waves improve to 28-10 overall and 8-0 in WCC play while equaling the program's best conference start since winning eight straight in 1996.
The loss dropped San Francisco to 18-19 overall and 2-6 in WCC play.
After taking a 2-0 lead on a two-run home run from freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy in the second inning, Pepperdine was forced to come from behind when USF's Mitchell Bialosky connected for a three-run home run off Waves junior left-hander Robert Dickmann (5-1) in the third inning.
Pepperdine tied the score in the fourth against USF starter Jason Dufloth on a two-out single up the middle by sophomore second baseman Denny Duron that scored Donald Brown, who opened the inning with a walk and stole second.
Freshman catcher Travis Tartamella, who had a career-high three hits, broke the 3-3 tie with a two-out single against Dons reliever Matt Baugh (1-2) that scored Thames with the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.
Dickmann won his fifth straight decision after pitching five innings, surrendering seven hits, three runs and striking out one before giving way to junior Adam Olbrychowski.
The Pepperdine right hander pitched three hitless innings before giving up back-to-back doubles to open the ninth inning. Olbrychowski handed the ball to Dominguez, who earned his 12th career save to move into a tie for seventh place the Waves' all-time saves list.
Brown had two hits and scored three times to join Thames and Tartamella with multiple-hit games.
Pepperdine concludes its series with San Francisco on Sunday at 1 p.m. and will be seeking its third straight three-game series sweep when the two teams meet at Benedetti Diamond.