April 14, 2007
(San Francisco, CA) - Another ninth-inning rally fell short for the University of San Francisco as it fell to No. 7 Pepperdine 6-4 in West Coast Conference action at Benedetti Diamond on Saturday afternoon. The win keeps the Waves (28-10, 8-0 WCC) undefeated in the conference and drops the Dons to 18-19, 2-6 WCC.
After Pepperdine put up two quick runs in the second off a single by Jr. RF Donald Brown and a one-out two-run shot to left by Fr. 1B Ryan Heroy, the Dons came rushing back with three of their own in the third.
Sr. CF Lucas DeLong singled to start the inning and advanced to second on Jr. 2B Joey Railey's single to left. Two outs later, Jr. 1B Mitchell Bialosky skied one over the left field fence, making it 3-2.
Pepperdine would score one in each of the fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings before the Dons mounted a comeback in the ninth.
Sr. C Jon Norfolk smacked a lead-off double and scored on Sr. designated hitter Blake Nelson's double to left. An out later, Fr. 3B Derek Poppert singled to put runners on first and second, but the next two batters flied out to end the threat.
Jr. LHP Matt Baugh (1-2) earned the loss in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) off five hits, two walks, and struck out one in 2.2 innings of work. Sr. RHP Jason Dufloth started the game, but only worked 4.2 innings and gave up three earned runs off five hits, two walks and struck out two. Sr. RHP Daniel Morales gave up Pepperdine's final run (earned) in 1.2 innings, off one hit and a walk.
Bialosky was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Norfolk and Nelson each had two hits. Railey, Poppert, DeLong, and Jr. RF Luke Sommer
So. RHP Matt Dickmann (5-1) earned the win for the Waves, allowing three earned runs off seven hits and struck out one. Jr. RHP Jason Dominguez earned his 10th save of the season, only allowing one hit. Jr. RHP Adam Olbrychowski gave up the Dons run in the ninth before giving way to Dominguez.
For Pepperdine, So. designated hitter Eric Thames went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Fr. C Travis Tartamella also had three hits, and Brown had two.
USF and the Waves meet tomorrow in the conclusion of the series with first pitch set for 1:00 PM at Benedetti Diamond.