May 16, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez allowed one run in five innings and was backed up by four scoreless innings of relief from senior Bryan Minkel and freshman Brett Hunter as No. 20 Pepperdine defeated USC 2-1 Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium to post its first season-sweep of the Trojans since 1992.
The Waves (37-18) won their fourth in a row and will close out regular season play Wednesday when they travel to UC Santa Barbara for a 2 p.m. contest against the Gauchos.
After allowing and unearned run in the first inning, Dominguez (5-1), Minkel and Hunter kept USC (25-26) scoreless over the final eight innings as Pepperdine posted its second straight 2-1 win over the Trojans.
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the Waves tied the score on a sacrifice fly to center field by freshman second baseman Denny Duron. Sophomore right fielder Donald Brown and freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud opened the inning with back-to-back singles and were sacrificed to third and second by junior left fielder Luke Salas.
Pepperdine went ahead in the fifth inning against USC starter Shawn Olsen (4-6). Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth walked to open the inning, moved to third on a hit-and-run single through the right side by d'Arnaud and scored on passed ball by Trojans catcher Sebastain Salinas.
The Trojans staged threats in the seventh and eighth innings as they got the potential tying run to second base with less than two outs but were unable to push across the tying run. In the seventh, Daniel Perales was thrown out at third base for the second out of the inning after attempting to move up on a ball in the dirt that bounced away from catcher Justin Tellam.
USC put two runners on with one out in the eighth following a walk and error. However, Hunter induced Lucas Duda to hit into an inning-ending double play.
In the ninth inning, Hunter retired the first two batters and allowed single to Perales before getting pinch-hitter Kyle Degener on a called third strike to end the game and record his 10th save of the season.
In his five innings of work, Dominguez allowed six hits, walked two and struck out one. Minkel walked one and struck out one in two innings.
Brown and d'Arnaud had two hits apiece to lead the Waves.