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No. 7 Pepperdine falls 5-4 at San Francisco Sunday Afternoon

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.

Pepperdine tied the score 4-4 in the fifth on back-to-back two-out doubles by Donald Brown and Eric Thames.

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.