April 22, 2006
(Malibu, CA) - The host Pepperdine Waves dealt the 19th-ranked USD Toreros a 4-2 loss this afternoon at Eddy D Field Stadium to even up the weekend series. These two teams will meet up again on Sunday to decide the series winner. With the loss the Toreros fall to 25-16 overall and 7-4 in the WCC standings; Pepperdine improves to 26-16 and 6-4. Pepperdine's Barry Enright scattered 8 hits over 8 innings to improve to 8-1 on the season, and Brett Hunter earned the save as he closed out the 9th inning for the Waves. USD's Matt Couch went the distance for the Toreros, giving up 4 runs on just 7 hits as he falls to 5-2 on the season.
The game was scoreless until the 5th inning when USD got on the scoreboard first with 1 run. Ryan Lilly opened the inning with an infield single, but was later forced out at second on Josh Romanski's fielder's choice. Kevin Hansen then singled to left, moving Romanski up one base. Justin Snyder then followed with a fielder's choice with both runners advancing, and Romanski scored from third on a throwing error by Pepperdine's second baseman.
The Waves answered in the bottom of the 5th with three runs on three hits. Danny Worth opened with a double to right center. With one out, Luke Salas walked, and then Justin Tellam doubled home Worth with Salas moving to third. Leadoff hitter David Uribes singled sharply to left scoring Worth and Salas moved up to third. Salas would eventually score on a sacrifice fly to left by Adrian Ortiz.
In the top of the sixth the Toreros pulled to within 3-2 with their final run of the game. With two outs Shane Buschini doubled down the right field line, and scored on Steve Singleton's single up the middle. From there the Toreros would be shut down the rest of the way.
Once again the Waves answered in the bottom of the inning as Nick Kliebert opened with a double down the right field line. Kliebert moved to third on Donald Brown's sacrifice bunt, then scored on Danny Worth's sac fly to center.
USD went down in order in the 7th and 8th innings, but rallied a bit in the top of the ninth. Buschini opened with an infield single off of Enright. Pepperdine went to the bullpen for Hunter and Steve Singleton immediately singled to right, moving Buschini up one base. Ryan Lilly then hit into a double play with Buschini advancing to third, and Josh Romanski ended the game on a groundout to third base.
Offensively the Toreros were paced by Buschini and Singleton, each with two hits. Pepperdine received 2 RBI performances from Nick Kliebert and Danny Worth. For USD, Matt Couch (5-2) struck out three and walked four batter over his 8 inning performance, with all four runs being earned. Pepperdine's Enright (8-1) totaled 2 strikeouts and just one of his two runs were earned. Hunter notched his 7th save of the season.
Both teams will meet up again on Sunday at 1 p.m.