April 22, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter pitched seven scoreless innings, combining with junior reliever Jason Dominguez on a two-hit shutout, and freshman Ryan Heroy clubbed a home run to lead No. 11 Pepperdine to a 2-0 victory and series win over Santa Clara Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The win kept the Waves (30-13, 10-2) atop the West Coast Conference (WCC) standings heading into next weekend's showdown series with co-leader San Diego (32-14, 10-2) and marked the 30th consecutive 30-win season by Pepperdine dating back to 1978.
The Toreros completed a three-game sweep of Loyola Marymount with a 10-3 victory on Sunday.
Hunter (6-3) returned to form after a couple sub-par outings as he blanked the Broncos (20-21, 6-6) on two hits, walked one and struck out seven in 7-plus innings.
The Pepperdine's right hander's only difficulty came in the first inning when he surrendered a one-out double to Matt Long and wild pitched him to third before recording a strikeout and fly ball to work out of the jam.
After allowing the double to Long, Hunter retired 20 of the next 23 batters he faced before hitting the leadoff batter in the eighth inning. He was relieved by Dominguez, who recorded the final six outs to pick up his 11th save of the season.
The only batters to reach against hunter over the final 6-plus innings came by way of a passed ball following a strikeout, a leadoff single in the fifth and a one-out walk in the seventh prior to the hit batsman to begin the eighth.
Hunter out-dueled Santa Clara left-hander Donald Brandt (3-2), who scatted seven hits, surrendered two runs, did not walk a batter and struck out five in 6.1 innings.
It was a scoreless game until the fourth inning when Heroy hit a towering home run that cleared the high netting behind the left-field fence with one out to give the Waves a 1-0 lead.
Pepperdine added an insurance run in the seventh inning following a one-out single by freshman designated hitter Mark Tracy and a run-scoring double to right-center field by sophomore left fielder Eric Thames that scored pinch-runner Joe Evans from first base.
Junior Adrian Ortiz had two of the Waves' eight hits, and the save by Dominguez was the 13th of his career, moving him into a tie for fifth place on the program's all-time saves list.
Pepperdine is next in action of Friday when it opens a three-game series against San Diego at Cunningham Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.