June 3, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Senior left-hander Paul Coleman pitched 7.2 scoreless innings and sophomore shortstop Danny Worth collected three hits to help move Pepperdine within one win of its first-ever Super Regional following a 6-0 victory over UCLA Saturday afternoon during second-day action in the Malibu Regional at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The Waves (42-19) will play the winner of Sunday morning's Missouri-UCLA game at 3 p.m.
Coleman (8-5) turned in his second straight solid outing as he limited the Bruins (33-24) to seven hits while walking one and striking out three as he out-dueled UCLA Left-hander Dave Huff (7-4).
The Waves got on the board in the third inning as it rallied for a pair of runs with two outs. Junior left fielder Luke Salas doubled to right center field to open the frame and scored a double off the left field wall by Worth. Junior catcher Chad Tracy followed with a single to center to drive in Worth and give Pepperdine a 2-0 lead.
The score remained 4-2 until the ninth inning when the Waves sent nine batters to the plate and scored four times to build a comfortable lead.
Freshman second baseman Denny Duron got the rally started with a single up the middle and, after Salas sacrificed Duron to second, junior designated hitter Justin Tellam followed with an RBI single to left field to drive in Duron.
A walk and a single by sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz and Worth, preceded an run-scoring infield out by Tracy and a two-run double down the right field line by senior second baseman Nick Kliebert that capped the scoring.
Sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez, who relieved Coleman with two out and nobody on in the eighth inning recorded the final four outs to pick up his second save of the season.
"I think the whole team feels really good about what we've accomplished so far," Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez said. "But at the same time we've done this the past two years. I think we've been tired of losing that last game and now we're in control of our destiny and if we play well then we're going to be ok. If we don't, it's like Paul (Coleman) said, anybody can beat you. As long as we go out and do what we're supposed to do I have a lot of confidence in our guys."
Coleman's pitching was backed up some solid defense by the Waves. The Bruins' best scoring chance came in the fourth inning when Cory Decker followed with a double down the left field line. Sean Smith followed with a single to center field where Ortiz fielded the ball and made a strong throw to plate to gun down Decker attempting to score from second base.
"I think Adrian throwing the guy out at home really fired me up," Coleman said.