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No. 20 Pepperdine Drops 7-6 Heartbreaker to No. 23 San Francisco in Game 1

May 26, 2006

San Francisco, Calif. - Sophomore second baseman Joey Railey singled to center field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive home Mitchell Bialosky with the go-ahead run and senior right fielder Stefan Gartrell made a two-out diving catch along the right field line in the top of the ninth to prevent the tying run from scoring as No. 23 San Francisco held on for a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over No. 20 Pepperdine in Game 1 of the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championship Series Friday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond.

Pepperdine (38-19) will attempt to stay alive in the series when it takes on the Dons (38-19) in Game 2 of the series on Saturday beginning at noon. The contest will be televised live on EPSN 2.

After following behind 7-6 in the eighth inning on Railey's single, the Waves looked as if they might tie the score in the ninth inning. Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI, doubled with one out and advanced to third on an infield out.

Senior first baseman Nick Kliebert followed and hit a line drive down near the right field line. The sinking liner looked as if it might fall. However, Gartrell made a head-long diving catch to rob Kliebert and preserve the win for San Francisco.

In a game that featured the WCC's Player of the Year (Scott Cousins) and the conference's Co-Pitcher of the Year (Barry Enright), Pepperdine got the upper hand as it sent eight batters to the plate and scored four times against Cousins.

The senior left-hander retired the first two batters of the frame before hitting left fielder Luke Salas on an 0-2 pitch.

Junior designated hitter Justin Tellam followed with a bad-hop single to right field and Adrian Ortiz walked to load the bases. Sophomore Danny Worth then lined a double to right-center field that cleared the bases and gave Pepperdine a 3-0 lead.

Worth scored the final run of the inning on a double down the right field line by junior designated hitter Chad Tracy that made it 4-0.

The inning began a trend in the contest for the Waves as all their runs would be scored with two outs.

The Dons got a run back in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out bloop single near the right field line by Tavo Hall that scored Bialosky from second base, who had walked to lead off the inning.

Both Cousins and Enright would settle into a grove until the sixth inning when San Francisco scored four runs against Enright.

The big hit of the inning was a three-run home run to right field by Luke Sommer. Bialosky, who scored three runs, then singled off the glove of Waves' third baseman Chase d'Arnaud and scored on a double off the left-field fence by Lucas DeLong that gave San Francisco a 5-4 lead.

Pepperdine evened the score in the top half of the seventh inning on a two-out home run to left-center field by Tracy that tied the score 5-5.

San Francisco regained the lead in the bottom half of the frame, scoring an unearned on a sacrifice fly Sommer.

The Waves came back to tie the score in the eighth on a two-out single to right field by Salas that scored Brown from second base. Brown opened the inning with a single to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice.

Freshman right hander Brett Hunter (5-3) suffered the loss for the Waves after pitching 2.0 innings, allowing a pair of hits and striking out three. Hunter came into the game in the eighth inning with no outs and the bases loaded and escaped the jam allowing just one run.

Enright pitched six innings, allowed eight hits, five runs, walked one and struck out four while Cousins worked 7.2 innings, scattered 10 hits, allowed six runs, walked one and struck out four.