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UC Riverside Tops No. 20 Pepperdine 5-3 Tuesday Afternoon

May 9, 2006

Box Score

Malibu, Calif. - Junior left-hander Marc Rzepczynski allowed three runs over eight-plus innings and received relief help from junior Daniel Stange as UC Riverside registered a 5-3 victory over No. 20 Pepperdine in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Waves mounted a threat as they put runners on second and third with no outs but were only able to score one run as Stange came on to allow a pair of fly balls and a strikeout to preserve the win for the Highlanders, who upped their record to 24-20.

The Waves fell to 33-18 and now look ahead to this weekend as they close out West Conference (WCC) play when they travel to the Bay Area for a three-game series against Saint Mary's beginning Friday. Pepperdine is tied with San Francisco for first place and will be in search of the conference's regular-season title and a berth in the WCC Championship Series.

After allowing two runs in the first inning, Rzepczynski held Pepperdine scoreless until the ninth inning when he allowed a leadoff single to Danny Worth and a double to right-center field that put two runners in scoring position.

Stange relieved Rzepczynski and induced Donald Brown to fly out to center and allowed a sacrifice fly to Chase d'Arnaud before striking out Justin Tellam to end the game and register his 10th save of the season.

The Waves took a 2-0 lead against Rzepczynski in the first inning.

Senior David Uribes opened the inning with a single to right and moved to third on two ground ball outs. Senior Nick Kliebert walked with two outs and Worth followed with a double to right-center field to drive in Uribes and Kliebert.

That would be all the scoring for the Waves until the ninth inning.

Meanwhile, the Highlanders took advantage of wildness by the Pepperdine pitching staff, scoring a run in the third inning and twice more in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. Both rallies were started by leadoff walks. Waves pitching walked eight in the game.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the sixth, the Highlanders received four walks from sophomore right hander Adam Olbrychowski, (2-4) including one to start the inning. It marked Olbrychowski's first appearance since March 18 against Dartmouth.

The lone hit in the inning was a double off the left field wall by Kyle Barratt that put runners on second and third with no outs. A walk, an infield out with the bases loaded and two more walks produced two runs and put the Highlanders in front 3-2.

UC Riverside had a chance to add to its lead in the eighth inning as it put two on with no outs. However, freshman right hander Brett Hunter came on in relief of Brian Ozols and worked out of the jam without allowing any runs.

The Highlanders came back in the ninth to score a pair of insurance runs against Hunter, scoring twice with two outs on RBI singles by Andrew Clay and Drew Garcia.

Pepperdine received two hits apiece from Worth, Uribes and sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz.