May 19, 2007
Portland, Ore. - Junior right fielder Donad Brown homered and scored twice and sophomore right hander Nick Gaudi picked up his first career win as No. 25 Pepperdine defeated Portland 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field to clinch the West Coast Conference (WCC) series.
Gaudi (1-0) came on in relief of starter Brett Hunter in the second inning, allowing two hits and striking out two in two innings to help the Waves improve to 34-20 overall and 13-7 in WCC play.
Portland fell to 21-29 on the season and 7-13 in conference action.
Pepperdine took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Portland starter Given Kutz (6-6). Brown opened the game with a single up the middle, advanced to second on a balk, went to third on an infield out and scored on a single through the left side by sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud.
The Pilots tied the score in the bottom of the second as Justin Pierce and Jesse Rodgers opened the frame with back-to-back singles against Hunter. Gaudi relieved Hunter with runners at first and third and allowed a run to score on a ground ball back to the mound.
Brown opened the fifth inning with a home run to right field that gave Pepperdine a 3-1 lead.
Portland made it a one-run game with a run in the seventh inning as Clayton Shaw produced a run with a sacrifice fly.
The Waves used five pitchers in the game with freshman left-hander Jordan Durrance turning in the longest outing, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing a run.
Junior right hander Jason Dominguez came on with two on and two out in the seventh and pitched the final 2.1 innings to earn his 12th save of the season and 14th of his career to move into third place on the program's single-season saves list and fifth on the career chart.
Pepperdine will attempt to sweep Portland on Sunday when it closes out the regular season with a 1 p.m. contest at Joe Etzel Field.