April 15, 2007
San Francisco, Calif. - A trio of pitchers limited No. 7 Pepperdine to five hits and San Francisco scored the winning run on a fielder's choice as the Dons recorded a 5-4 victory to salvage the final game of the a three-game series and hand the Waves their first West Coast Conference (WCC) loss of the season Sunday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond.
Pepperdine (28-11, 8-1) rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie the score in the top of the fifth inning before San Francisco (19-19, 3-6) scored the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the frame and then received solid relief work from John Quine (4-2) and Cole Stipovich to avoid the sweep.
San Francisco starter Tommy Peale, Quine and Stipovich did a good job containing the top three batters in Pepperdine's line-up as leadoff man Adrian Ortiz, left fielder Luke Salas and shortstop Danny Worth combined to go 0-for-9 with one run scored.
The Waves got the tying run to third base in the person of Joe Evans, who led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit single, but was left stranded after Stipovich, retired Travis Tartamella, who was pinch-hitting for Ortiz, on a ground ball to end the game.
The Dons took a 2-0 lead against Pepperdine starter Brett Hunter in the first inning on a two-out two-run home run by first baseman Mitchell Bialosky. USF added single runs in the second and third innings to increase its lead to 4-0.
The Waves came back to make it a one-run game in the fourth, scoring three times on one hit as Peale battled his control, walking two and hitting a pair of batters. Freshman catcher Trent Diedrich singled home the final run of the inning.
San Francisco came right back in the bottom half of the inning against freshman right hander Daniel Farris (2-1), who was pitching in relief of Hunter. Farris issued a one-out walk and, after allowing a double that put runners on second and third, surrendered the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice.
Pepperdine returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to UCLA to take on the Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium beginning at 6 p.m.