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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 20, 2008

Pepperdine - 18
UC Riverside - 9

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The #13 Pepperdine baseball team used a season-high 24-hit attack to an 18-9 rout over UC Riverside on Tuesday night at the Riverside Sports Complex.

Pepperdine improved to 36-17 (14-6 WCC) with the win, while UC Riverside dropped to 19-32. The 24 hits marked the most for Pepperdine since the Waves put up 31 hits against Portland on Mar. 27, 2004.

The Waves plated a pair of runs in the first on an RBI double from Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barabra/Valencia HS) and a passed ball that scored Aidem, giving Pepperdine a 2-0 lead. It was a short-lived lead however, as the Highlanders tied it up with an RBI single and a sac fly to make it a 2-2 contest after one inning.

UC Riverside would add a pair of unearned runs in the second inning, as a run scored on a passed ball and another on a wild pitch to give the Highlanders a 4-2 lead.

The Waves exploded in the third, first on David Harris' (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara CC) solo homer, his fourth of the season, to make it a 4-3 game. Donald Brown (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) put the Waves on top with a two-out, two-run double later in the frame and Denny Duron (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) followed with an RBI triple to give Pepperdine a 6-4 lead. Matthew Frazee (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS) then capped the scoring with an RBI single to extend the Waves' lead to 7-4.

Pepperdine continued swinging hot bats in the fourth inning, as Brown pushed the Waves advantage to 10-4 with a bases-clearing double, giving him five RBI on the night. Frazee then notched his second RBI single of the night to extend the Pepperdine advantage to 11-4.

The Highlanders cut into the Waves' lead in the fourth on a two-run triple and a pair of RBI singles to make it an 11-8 contest.

Pepperdine added three in the sixth on an RBI single from Travis Tartamella (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS) and a two-run single from Harris, extending the Pepperdine lead to 14-8.

Duron kept the Waves offensive attack going in the seventh inning, launching a two-run homer, his fifth of the year, to push the Waves' lead to 16-8. Bobby Cozine (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Thunder Ridge HS) and Harris then added RBI singles, putting the Waves ahead 18-8.

UC Riverside scored a run in the ninth to make it an 18-9 game before Jonathan Harmston (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) induced a groundout to end the game.

Pepperdine starter Brett Hunter (Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS) tossed 1.2 innings and allowed two earned runs in his first start since Feb. 29 and took a no-decision. Jordan Durrance (Manteca, Calif./Sierra HS) earned the win in relief while Doug Konoske (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) tossed 4.1 scoreless innings in relief to keep the Highlanders at bay. Kolby Moore took the loss for the Higlanders.

Harris went 4-for-6 with four RBI to lead Pepperdine, Aidem notched four hits and two runs scored, Brown registered three hits and five RBI, Frazee notched a career-high three hits and Chase d'Arnaud (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) recorded three hits and two runs scored. Brandon Schnebly led the Higlanders with a three-hit performance.

Up next, the Waves open the WCC Championship Series vs. San Diego from May 23-25 in San Diego.

Pacific - 8
Santa Clara - 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sophomore Tommy Medica pushed his career-high hitting streak to 29 games Tuesday night as the Santa Clara baseball team fell 8-2 to the University of the Pacific in its 2008 season finale. The Broncos are now 33-22 on the season and await their postseason fate.

Medica went 2-for-3 and scored one run for the Broncos. The win went to Pacific's Larry Holscher (2-4). The lost went to Justin Kuehn (1-3). He tossed three innings allowing two runs, one walk and struck out two.

After a scoreless two innings, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third as Mike Walker homered to right field. His shot also brought allowed Joe Oliveira to score as well. Oliveira walked to get on base.

Pacific struck again in the top of the sixth inning as John Joines walked with bases loaded to allow Walker to score. Walker hit a leadoff single to get on base. The Tigers led 3-0.

Santa Clara responded with one run in the home half of the sixth to finally get on the scoreboard. Medica was hit by a pitch and then advance to second as Ryan Conan singled through the right side. The catcher then scored on a Jon Karcich base hit.

The Broncos attempted to close the gap even more in the seventh inning as Nathan Faulkner moved into scoring position on a balk. He was dealt a walk but could be brought home as Brady Fuerst flew out to centerfield and Matt Long grounded out to first base.

With two outs on the board in top of the eighth inning, Mike McKeever made it a three-run game for Pacific as he scored on a Brett Manning single. UOP did not stop there are Manning scored on an Oliveira base hit to give the Tigers a 5-1 advantage. The half inning was brought to a close as J.B. Brown was putout as Faulkner belted one to third baseman Kyle Van Dusen, who made the out.

The Broncos added one run in the eighth inning. Evan LeBlanc, the inning's leadoff hitter, was hit by a pitch and then advanced to third on a Medica single to right centerfield. LeBlanc gave Santa Clara its second run of the night on a Conan sacrifice. The Broncos then put Medica in scoring position on a balk with two outs on the board but he could not score are Curtis Wagner struck out to end the inning.

UOP continued to widen the gap in the top of the ninth as the Tigers tacked on three runs to make the final score, 8-2. Nick Longmire drove in the first run for Pacific with his double down the right field line. Walker scored on the play. After a pitching change for the Broncos, McKeever homered over the left field wall bringing home Longmire with him.

The Broncos await their postseason fate, which will be announced at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 6 on ESPNews.