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Waves Rally Comes up Short in 7-3 Loss to UCLA in Long Beach Regional

June 1, 2007

Long Beach, Calif. - Behind starter Tyson Brummett and a three-run home run by Cody Decker, UCLA opened the Long Beach Regional with a 7-3 victory over Pepperdine Friday afternoon at Blair Field to send the Waves into the loser's bracket.

Pepperdine (35-21) staged a spirited ninth-inning comeback as it scored three runs and had the tying run at the plate before UCLA left-hander Tim Murphy came out of the bullpen to retire Donald Brown on pop foul to end the game.

The Waves will now try to keep their season alive when they meet the loser of the Long Beach State-Illinois-Chicago contest on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. The 49ers and Flames play their opening game at 7 p.m. UCLA advances to the winner's bracket and will play Saturday at 7 p.m.

Trailing 7-0 heading into the ninth, Pepperdine rallied for three runs and to turn what seemed to be a comfortable ULCA lead in a tense game.

With one out, Eric Thames doubled to left-center field and Denny Duron followed with a single up the middle to drive in Thames with the Waves' first run of the game.

After Luke Salas flew out to left field, Ryan Heroy hit a two-run home run over the left-center field fence to make it a 7-3 game.

Catcher Travis Tartamella then singled to left field and Adrian Ortiz reached on a fielder's choice as Tartamella beat shortstop Brandon Crawford's throw to second base. Danny Worth then singled to load the bases before Murphy relieved Brummett and recorded the final out.

Pepperdine's ninth-inning rally avoided the Waves' first shutout in postseason play since 1962 when they were blanked 9-0 by Westmont in the District 8 Regional Playoffs. Pepperdine extended its streak of not being shutout to 89 postseason games.

With Pepperdine junior All-American Barry Enright (12-5) on the mound, UCLA jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. Alden Carrithers reached on an error by first baseman Ryan Heroy with one out and Brandon Crawford followed with a double to left-center field that put runners on second and third.

Decker then launched a high, deep drive over the wall in left field for a three-run home run and a 3-0 Bruins lead.

That looked like it would be all the runs Brummett (10-5) would need as held Pepperdine scoreless through eight innings, allowing just four hits. The senior right hander did not allow a runner to reach third base until the seventh when Duron reached base on an infield hit and advanced to third on a single through the right side by Salas.

However, Brummett kept the Waves off the scoreboard when he induced Heroy to ground out.

UCLA added to its lead in the fifth, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and scoring a run on an RBI single to right field by Carrithers that made 4-0.

The Bruins broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three times to take a 7-0 lead.