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Pepperdine Blanks Santa Clara 2-0 Friday Night to Clinch Series

April 14, 2006

Santa Clara, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Barry Enright tossed seven scoreless innings and received clutch relief help from freshman right hander Brett Hunter as the two combined on a six-hit shutout to help Pepperdine register a 3-0 series-clinching victory over Santa Clara Friday night at Schott Stadium.

Enright (7-1) held the Broncos (20-16, 3-5) to three hits over seven innings before allowing three consecutive singles to start the eighth. Hunter came on to work out of the bases-loaded jam and pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his sixth save of the season as the Waves improved to 23-15 overall and 4-4 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play.

Enright and Santa Clara's Justin Kuehn (2-4) were locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel through four innings before the Waves broke through for a pair of runs in the fifth inning.

Senior second baseman David Uribes singled with one out and sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz followed with an infield hit. Both runners came around to score on a two-out, two-run single to right field by senior first baseman Nick Kliebert that gave Pepperdine a 2-0 lead.

Enright retired the first 12 batters before allowing a leadoff double to Kris Watts to open the fifth inning. In his seven-plus innings, Enright allowed six hits, walked two and struck out four.

Freshman Chase d'Arnaud drove in the game's final run when he reached on fielder's choice that plated sophomore shortstop Danny Worth from third base. Worth opened the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on an infield single by junior designated hitter Justin Tellam.

Santa Clara's only threat of the game came in the eighth inning when it strung together three consecutive singles to open the frame. However, Hunter worked out of the jam by getting a force play at the plate, strikeout and fly out to end the inning.

For the second consecutive night, every batter in the Waves' line-up had at least one hit. Kliebert had three hits while Uribes had a pair of singles.

Uribes's two hits moved him into sole possession of second place on Pepperdine's all-time hits list with 297 and is 17 shy of tying Paul Faries for No. 1 all-time. Faries concluded his career with 314.

Pepperdine and Santa Clara conclude their series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday as the Waves go for a sweep.