April 29, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Barry Enright allowed two runs over seven innings and sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz collected three hits and two RBI to lead No. 28 Pepperdine to a series-clinching 10-2 victory over Portland Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The win moved Pepperdine (29-16, 9-5) into a three-way tie for first place with Saint Mary's and San Francisco in the West Conference (WCC) and marked the 100th career victory for third-year head coach Steve Rodriguez.
After Portland (13-29, 2-12) scored the game's first run in the top of the third inning, Pepperdine came back in the bottom half of the frame to take a 3-1 lead, stringing together four straight hits with two outs against Pilots starter Sean Sargent (3-9).
Senior second baseman David Uribes legged out and infield hit, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single to right field by Adrian Ortiz. Junior catcher Chad Tracy followed with an RBI double down the left field line that plated Ortiz and gave the Waves a 2-1 lead. Senior Nick Kliebert followed with a single up the middle that scored Tracy with the inning's final run.
Pepperdine added to its lead with two runs in the fourth, two more in the fifth, a single run in the seventh and completed the scoring with two runs in the eighth.
That proved to be more than enough run support for Enright (9-1), who scattered eight hits, allowed two runs and struck out two as he improved his career record to 19-2.
Seven of the nine batters in the Waves line-up had at least one hit, including Kliebert, who had three hits and an RBI. Uribes, Tracy, sophomore shortstop Danny Worth and junior left fielder Luke Salas each had two hits apiece as Pepperdine totaled 15 for the second game in a row.
Uribes and Kliebert were two of seven seniors who took part in the University's commencement exercises earlier in the day as they were joined by Michael Beattie, Paul Coleman, Brandon Daguio, James Johnson and Bryan Minkel.
All seven players, along with Danny Kelly, will be recognized during Senior Day on Sunday as Pepperdine concludes its three-game series with Portland as it looks to sweep the series and post its 29th consecutive 30-win season.