April 23, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Luke Salas' three-run double in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Pepperdine University Waves (27-17, 7-5 WCC) a 5-4 come-from-behind West Coast Conference win against the 19th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team (25-17, 7-5 WCC) Sunday afternoon.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Salas hit a three-run double down the right field line to give Pepperdine the come-from-behind win, allowing the Waves to capture the three-game series.
The Toreros broke into the coring column first as they scored two runs on three hits in the top of the second dinning. With two outs and no one on, Kevin Hansen got things rolling for USD with a single to the second baseman. Logan Gelbrich then drove in Hansen with a run-scoring double to right-center field and Gelbrich came across for the second run on Ryan Lilly's single through the left side to give USD the early 2-0 lead.
Pepperdine evened the score with the Toreros in the bottom of the seventh inning on a David Uribes run-scoring double and an Adrian Ortiz RBI single.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Pepperdine let a golden opportunity to win the ball game slip away. With one out and runners at the corners, Chad Tracy hit the ball into a double play to send the game into extra innings.
The Toreros scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning on two hits. Justin Snyder got things rolling with a walk and moved to third on Keoni Ruth's single through the left side. After Ruth stole second base, Jordan Abruzzo loaded the bases with a walk. Daniel Magness then pushed across the first run with a RBI single to left field and Shane Buschini's sacrifice fly to centerfield gave USD a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 10th inning.
Offensively for USD, Ruth led the way going 4-for-5 at the plate.
Josh Butler (8-4) was saddled with the loss for the Toreros allowing three runs on four hits in 3.0 innings of work. Brett Hunter (5-2) picks up the win for Pepperdine allowing two runs on five hits in 3.0 innings of work.
The Toreros and Waves will return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Irvine, Calif. for a non-conference game against the Anteaters of UC Irvine.