June 5, 2006
MALIBU, Calif. - Facing the brink of elimination for a fourth straight game, No. 4 seed Missouri received a solid outing from left-hander Taylor Parker and regional Most Outstanding Player Brock Bond went 4-for-5 to lead the Tigers to an 8-3 victory over top-seed Pepperdine in the championship game of the Malibu Regional Monday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Missouri (35-26), which became the first No. 4 seed to win a regional since the NCAA went to a four-team format in 1999, will play at Cal State Fullerton in a Super Regional that will begin either Friday or Saturday at Cal State Fullerton's Goodwin Field.
Pepperdine concludes the year with a 42-21 record after winning the West Coast Conference (WCC) championship and advancing to a regional title game for a third consecutive season.
Missouri, which lost its opening game of the regional to Pepperdine, endured a 14-inning elimination game against UC Irvine on Saturday and received a pair of complete-game efforts from its starting pitchers on Sunday to reach Monday's championship game.
After scoring an unearned run in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead, Missouri sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth to extend its lead to 4-0.
The Tigers collected three hits, received two walks, and had a batter hit-by-pitch to score its runs against starter Barry Enright (13-2) and relievers Adam Olbrychowski and Brian Ozols.
Pepperdine put two runners on base in both the third and fourth innings but were unable to produce a clutch hit against Missouri starter Taylor Parker (4-4).
The Waves finally broke through in the sixth, rallying for a pair of runs with two outs. Senior first baseman Nick Kliebert worked a walk ahead of a single to left field by freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud.
Pinch-hitter Mike Craig then hit a ball to third that John KcKee charged, fielded and threw wildly to first base allowing Kliebert and d'Arnaud to score.
Missouri answered back in the seventh with a four-run inning as it sent nine batters to the plate against Ozols and freshman right hander Brett Hunter. Ozols was relieved by Hunter after allowing a leadoff single.
After Hunter retired the first batter he faced on a foul out, six straight batters reached safely against the freshman right hander, who allowed five hits in the inning.
Hunter, whose 11 saves on the season, tie for the third-most in Pepperdine history, struck out the side in the eighth and set down all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Pepperdine mounted a threat in the ninth inning as it loaded the bases with one out on consecutive singles by Adrian Ortiz, Danny Worth and Chad Tracy. However, Travis Wendte retired the next two batters to end the game.
Enright, who was starting on two days rest after defeating the Tigers on Friday, worked 3.1 innings, allowed six hits, three runs, two earned, walked one and struck out one. The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the sophomore right hander.
2006 MALIBU REGIONAL ALL-REGION TEAM
Catcher: J.C. Field, Missouri
First Base: Derek Chambers, Missouri
Second Base: Brock Bond, Missouri
Third Base: John McKee, Missouri
Shortstop: Danny Worth, Pepperdine
Outfield: Adrian Ortiz, Pepperdine
Outfield: Evan Frey, Missouri
Outfield: Blair Dunlap, UCLA
Designated Hitter: Justin Tellam, Pepperdine
Pitcher: Rick Zagone, Missouri
Pitcher: Hector Ambriz, UCLA
Most Outstanding Player: Brock Bond, Missouri