June 2, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - With two outs and the tying run on third, Missouri's Trevor Helms and Pepperdine closer Brett Hunter locked up in a 13-pitch battle. The battle ended when Wave second baseman Denny Duron made a diving stab to his left and threw to first to close the door on the Tigers ninth-inning rally and preserve Pepperdine's 3-2 victory in the second game of the Malibu Regional at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif.
In the top of the ninth, Missouri lead-off batter Hunter Mense drew a walk and advanced to second when John McKee was hit by Hunter. Evan Frey advanced the two runners with a sacrifice bunt before Gary Arndt struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. J.C. Field's infield single scored Mense, closing the gap to one, 3-2 and setting up Helm's at-bat.
Missouri (31-26, 0-1) opened the scoring in the top of the sixth when Derek Chambers led off the inning with a solo homerun to right-center field off Barry Enright.
The Waves would record consecutive two-out doubles off Missouri starter Max Scherzer in the bottom of the seventh scoring Donald Brown and Duron to take a 3-1 lead.
Enright was relieved by Hunter with one out in the eighth after Chambers singled. After a Jacob Priday single off Hunter, Zane Taylor represented the go-ahead run at the plate but grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the Tiger threat.
Filling in at second for an injured David Uribes, Duron went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and scored the eventual game-winning run. Aidem finished the game 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
Chambers went 2-for-3 with a walk, while Field recorded two hits in four tries with an RBI to lead the Tigers offensively.
Missouri will face UC Irvine at 11 a.m. (PDT) tomorrow in an elimination game, while Pepperdine will host UCLA which defeated the Anteaters, 3-2, earlier in the day. The second game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch.