FULLERTON, Calif. - The Pepperdine baseball team dropped its opening game of the NCAA Regional on Friday, falling 9-3 to top-seeded Cal State Fullerton.
The fourth-seeded Waves briefly held a one-run lead, but the host Titans broke the game open with a six-run third inning. With the loss, the Waves will take on Clemson tomorrow at 4 p.m. in an elimination game. That game can be seen on ESPN3.
After the Titans opened the game with a run in the bottom of the first, Pepperdine responded with a pair of two-out hits to take the lead in the third inning. Aaron Barnett (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS) and Brandon Caruso (Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) each notched two-out singles to put the Waves up 2-1.
CSUF came right back with a six-run bottom of the third to take back the advantage. The Titans recorded six runs by capitalizing on five walks and three hit batters issued by the Pepperdine pitching to open up the 7-2 lead.
The Waves got a run back in the fourth, but two innings later CSUF scored two more to make it a six-run lead.
Jackson McClelland (Beaumont, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) took the loss in the game, going 2.1 innings, his shortest outing of the year. Max Green had the longest outing of the day for Pepperdine, giving up three hits and two runs in 3.0 innings.
Miles Chambers got the win in relief for the Titans, tossing 2.1 hitless innings to move to 4-3.