May 4, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Pepperdine baseball started May by winning a game begun in April, edging UC Santa Barbara 8-6 Monday afternoon at Ceasar Uyesaka Stadium. Today's game was the continuation of an April 7 contest that was postponed due to rain with Pepperdine leading 8-5 with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.
The victory improved Pepperdine's record to 25-19 while the Gauchos dropped to 23-19. These two schools meet again in Malibu this Wednesday for a 3 p.m. game at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The Waves didn't add to their run total, but they really didn't need to as relievers Cole Cook (Los Angeles, Calif./Palisades Charter HS), Scott Alexander (Windsor, Calif./Cardinal Newman HS) and Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) held UCSB to one run on four hits over the final six frames.
Cook earned the victory - his seventh of the season - after providing the Waves' with three hitless innings complete with four strikeouts. He'll likely start again Friday when the Waves visit Portland for the start of a three-game series.
Alexander was touched for a run in the seventh on Eric Oliver's RBI single that scored Scott Cook, and in the eighth, he escaped a minor one-out jam with the tying run at the plate when first baseman Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) snared a line drive and doubled up Ryan Tregoning.
Gaudi picked up his ninth save after striking out two of the four batters he faced, including Oliver to end the game.
Gaucho pitcher Zachary Samuels did all he could to keep his team in contention as he blanked the Waves on 10 strikeouts over the final 5.1 innings. The Waves recorded six hits off Samuels, including two each in the fifth and seventh innings, but could not advance a runner past second base.
Back when this game first started on March 7, Pepperdine had few issues making contact as the club rallied for seven runs in the fourth inning to erase a 5-1 Gaucho lead. Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Redmond HS) ignited the offensive fireworks with a two-run single, which was immediately followed by a three-run home run by Colin Rooney (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS).
A two-run shot later that frame by Nate Johnson (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) off Patrick McIntyre proved to be the eventual game-winner.Pepperdine took the game's first lead at 1-0 in the second on a RBI single from Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) that plated Heroy .
UC Santa Barbara came back with five runs in the third, although only one was earned - a leadoff solo home run by Steve Cook.
With one out, Duron dropped a pop fly along the third-base line that allowed Brian Gump to reach second; then following a groundout, starter Aaron Gates (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) walked Matt Valaika and hit Ryan Cavan with a pitch before surrendering a grand slam to Marty Mullins.
Pepperdine returns to action Tuesday night at Blair Field for a 6:30 p.m. game with Long Beach State. The Dirtbags won their first meeting with the Waves on April 13, scoring four times against the Waves' bullpen in the seventh inning to win 5-4.
Senior Nathan Newman (Houston, Texas/Houston Christian) is slated to start for Pepperdine.