April 15, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif. - Senior right hander James Johnson allowed one run over 6.1 innings and senior second baseman David Uribes collected his 300th career hit as Pepperdine completed a three-game sweep of Santa Clara with a 6-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Schott Stadium.
The Waves improved to 24-15 overall and 5-4 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play while the Broncos fell to 20-17 and 3-6 in conference action.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when Pepperdine broke through for a pair of runs against Santa Clara freshman left-hander Matt Wickswat (6-2).
Junior catcher Chad Tracy led off the inning with an infield single and senior first baseman Nick Kliebert followed with a single through the left side. Following a double steal, Tracy scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Danny Worth. Kliebert tagged and moved to third on the play.
After designated hitter Justin Tellam walked to put runners at the corners, freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud hit a fly ball to right field that was deep enough to score Kliebert and give the Waves a 2-0 lead.
Santa Clara cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the inning and it remained a 2-1 game until the seventh when Pepperdine scored four times to take a 6-1 lead.
Tracy once again got the Waves going as he greeted sophomore right-handed reliever Jason Lombard with a single to right field. Kliebert followed with a bunt single and, on the play, Tracy advanced to third on an error by Broncos third baseman Dustin Realini.
One out later, Tellam singled to right field to score Tracy and give Pepperdine a 3-1 lead. Following a foul out and walk to freshman right fielder Denny Duron, pinch-hitter Luke Salas singled to right-center field to drive in Kliebert and Tellam to increase the Waves' lead 5-1.
Uribes' capped the scoring with an RBI single up the middle that scored Donald Brown, who was pinch-running for Denny Duron. It was the third hit of the game and 300th of Uribes' career as he became just the second player in Pepperdine history to reach the 300-hit plateau. Paul Faries is the school's all-time hits leader with 314.
In 6.1 innings, Johnson (3-1) allowed five hits, one run, struck out four and walked one.
Pepperdine returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts UC Santa Barbara in a non-conference game at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.