May 15, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Enduring a stretch in which the opponent capitalizes on every mistake, No. 25 Pepperdine once again fell victim to its own miscues, making two costly errors that were turned into a pair of runs and helped No. 12 UC Irvine to a 5-1 victory Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The errors combined with the inability to come up with a key hit dropped the Waves to 32-20 on the season and marked their 10th loss in the last 17 games.
The Waves got on the board first, scoring a run in the fourth as sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames tripled down the left field line to lead off the frame and scored on a wild pitch from Cory Hamilton.
However, things quickly changed in the top of fifth inning. With junior All-American Barry Enright sailing through the UC Irvine order, retiring 12 straight batters, back-to-back errors open the frame turned the tide.
The Anteaters took advantage of those two errors when center fielder Ollie Linton doubled into the corner in right field to drove home a pair of runs and give UC Irvine a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, Pepperdine had a great opportunity to even the score or possibly take the lead as it got the first two batters on base. However, after a failed sacrifice to advance the runners into scoring position and walk that loaded the bases, Christian Bergman came out of the Anteaters' bullpen to induce Denny Duron to hit into an inning-ending double play.
UC Irvine added to its lead with a run in the sixth against Adam Olbrychowski to take a 3-1 lead.
The Waves let another scoring opportunity slip away in the bottom of the sixth as senior Luke Salas led off the frame with a bunt single. Salas then stole second with one out and was balked to third.
Bergman was able to get out of the jam when Ryan Heroy flew out to left fielder Matt Morris, who turned it into a double play when he threw out Salas out the plate.
Salas led the Waves offensively with three hits to move into sole possession of seventh place on Pepperdine's all-time career hits list. Thames also collected two hits for the Waves.
Pepperdine concludes its regular season this weekend when it travels to the Northwest to take on Portland in a three-game series beginning Friday at 3 p.m. The games take on major significance for the Waves as they try to earn one of 34 at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.