May 27, 2006
(San Francisco, CA) - USF baseball fell to Pepperdine 11-0 on Saturday at Benedetti Diamond in Game two of the West Coast Conference Championship Series. The Waves (39-19) hand the Dons (38-20) their first loss since they fell to San Diego 9-3 on April 30.
Pepperdine's starter, senior left-hander Paul Coleman (7-5) dominated USF through 7.2 innings, not allowing a run and only giving up two hits while striking out eight batters.
USF's sophomore left-hander Aaron Poreda didn't fare as well, struggling through 4.1 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on eight hits and struck out three Waves.
Sophomore infielder Joey Railey came through for the first hit of the day for USF, a single in the fourth. Junior left fielder Scott Cousins singled to right in the seventh and senior pinch hitter Jacob Abramson singled in the ninth for the Dons third hit.
Waves batters stroked 10 hits on the day and scored their runs in bunches. Two runs crossed the plate in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings and three were plated in the fifth. Sophomore short stop Danny Worth had the best day for Pepperdine, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Freshman second baseman Denny Duron tripled in the sixth, the first of his career.
The rubber-match will be played Sunday at Benedetti Diamond, with the winner earning the WCC's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. First pitch is set for 1:00 PM.
The Championship game will be televised on Fox Sports Bay Area on a tape-delayed basis Monday at noon due to a conflict with Giants baseball on Sunday. The game will be carried live on Fox Sports West2.