May 2, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Junior All-American Barry Enright, who has made a name for himself as a winner and big-game pitcher, showed why he has earned that reputation on Wednesday after he threw eight shutout innings in leading No. 14 Pepperdine to a 7-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The win snapped the Waves' three-game losing streak and improved their season record to 31-16. The Titans, meanwhile, lost their fourth straight and fell to 27-16.
Enright (11-2), who moved into sole possession of second place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list and fifth in West Coast Conference (WCC) history, no-hit Cal State Fullerton through 5.1 innings before Josh Fellhauer broke up the no-hit bid with a bunt single in the sixth.
The Waves' right hander finished his eight innings of work allowing just two hits, walking two and striking out four. The outing marked the fifth time in his last six outings that Enright has pitched at least eight innings and improved his career record to 34-5.
Pepperdine scored in each of the first three innings to take a 6-0 lead and added a run in the seventh to go ahead 7-0.
With sophomore right hander Cory Arbiso (0-1) making his first start of the season, the Waves pushed across a first-inning run on back-to-back two-out singles by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames and junior right fielder Donald Brown.
Pepperdine added three more in the second and knocked Arbiso from the game. Senior left fielder Luke Salas opened the frame with a bunt single, freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy followed and was hit by a pitch and freshman catcher Trent Diedrich loaded the bases with the second bunt single of the inning.
A double play ground ball brought home the first run. A second scored when junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz reached on an error. Ortiz scored the final run after stealing second and coming home on a single to right field by junior shortstop Danny Worth.
Heroy upped the lead to 6-0 when he greeted reliever Nolan Bruyninckx with a two-run home run over the left field fence in the third. It was his team-leading sixth of the season.
Cal State Fullerton finally got on the board with two outs in the ninth when it scored two unearned runs on a single to left-center field by Evan McArthur. A walk and dropped fly ball allowed two runners to reach ahead of McArthur.
Brown and Salas led the Waves' 14-hit attack with three hits apiece while Worth and Thames had two hits each.
Heroy was hit twice in the ballgame, bringing his season total of hit-by-pitches to 14 and moving him into sole possession of 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time single season list.
With three hits, Salas tied Jared Pitney (1998-2001) for seventh place on the program's all-time hits list.
Pepperdine is off until Tuesday, May 8, when it hosts UCLA at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m.