June 2, 2007
Long Beach Regional
UCLA - 7
Pepperdine - 3
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 host Long Beach State in an elimination game Saturday at 3 p.m. The 49ers were a 4-1 loser to Illinois-Chicago Friday evening.
UCLA and Illinois-Chicago advanced 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 to turn what seemed to be a comfortable ULCA lead into 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.
San Diego Regional
Fresno State - 6
San Diego - 2
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The fourth-ranked University of San Diego baseball team was upset in the San Diego Region evening game, 6-2, by fourth-seeded Fresno State University Friday at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Toreros will now play the University of Minnesota in an elimination game on Saturday at 4 p.m.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 43-17 overall and lose their second consecutive opening round game to Fresno State in the post season. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 37-27 overall.
The Bulldogs struck first as they scored one run on one hit in the top of the third inning. The Fresno State run came on a Brian Lapin run-scoring double down the left field line, scoring Erik Wetzel, who reached on an error, to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
FSU then increased the their lead in the top of the fourth inning scoring one run on two hits. The FSU run came on a Wetzel RBI single to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
San Diego then answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring two runs on two hits. Josh Romanski got things started with a walk and moved to second on a Daniel Magness single. After Kevin Hansen loaded the bases with a walk, Sean Nicol delivered a two-run double to right field to even the score at 2-2.
Fresno State then went on to score four unanswered runs to claim the win and advance on to play Cal State Fullerton in the winners bracket game at 8 p.m.
Offensively for the Toreros, Nicol led the way as he went 2-for-4 with one double and two RBI.
Anthony Slama (2-3) was saddled with the loss as he allowed three runs on four hits in 0.2 innings of work. Tanner Scheppers (7-5) picked up the win for the Bulldogs as he allowed no runs on one hit in 3.1 innings of work.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. game at Tony Gwynn Stadium against Minnesota.
Long Beach Regional - Blair Field
Pepperdine vs. Long Beach State - 3:00 PM
UCLA vs. Illinois-Chicago - 7:00 PM
San Diego Regional - Tony Gwynn Field
San Diego vs. Minnesota - 4:00 PM
Fresno State vs. Cal State Fullerton - 8:00 PM