April 30, 2007
San Diego, Calif. - In a game of "what-ifs", ninth-ranked San Diego took advantage four errors and five walks by No. 14 Pepperdine to register a 7-3 victory and complete its first-ever three-game sweep of the Waves Monday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium in San Diego.
The loss dropped the Waves to 30-16 on the season and into a second-place tie with Gonzaga (27-21) in West Coast Conference (WCC) play. Both teams are 10-5 and trail conference-leading San Diego (35-14, 13-2) by three games.
Pepperdine and Gonzaga are scheduled to meet in a three-game series beginning May 11 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The series sweep by San Diego was the first against Pepperdine since Santa Clara took three straight from the Waves late in the 2004 season.
After falling behind 4-0, the Waves inched their way back into the game by scoring two runs in the sixth and cut the deficit to a run in the seventh and had a chance for an even bigger inning.
With a run in, the bases loaded and no outs, Pepperdine pinch-hitter Matt Aidem fouled out to left fielder Mike Metzger for the first out. Adrian Ortiz followed and hit a hard grounder to third baseman Kevin Hansen, who field the ball and threw home to force Luke Salas for the second out.
Ortiz was ruled out on the play when Salas was called for runner's interference for running into catcher Jordan Abruzzo, whose throw to first base went into right field and would have enabled Duron to score the tying run from second base.
However, the events resulted in an inning-ending double play and the Toreros in the lead at 4-3.
The game took another turn in the bottom of the seventh when San Diego had two runners on with two outs and Jason Dominguez, in relief of Jordan Durrance. Dominguez induced Hansen to hit a fly ball to right field that Ortiz got to, but dropped the ball, allowing two unearned runs score.
Of San Diego's seven runs, four were unearned as a result of a season-high tying four Pepperdine errors.
The Toreros took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Pepperdine starter Brett Hunter (6-4) and increased its lead to 4-0 with an unearned run in the fifth.
The Waves, who managed a season-low four hits on Sunday, totaled nine hits against San Diego pitching on Monday, including three from sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames.
Pepperdine returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Cal State Fullerton at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.