May 27, 2006
San Francisco, Calif. - Making his first start in two weeks, senior left-hander Paul Coleman turned in arguably his best performance of the season as he allowed just two hits and struck out eight in 7.2 innings to help No. 20 Pepperdine to an 11-0 victory over No. 23 San Francisco Saturday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond that evened the best-of-three West Coast Conference (WCC) Championship Series at a game apiece.
The Waves (39-19) and Dons (38-20) will play for the series championship and the WCC's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. The decisive Game 3 will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.
Coleman (7-5), who last pitched on May 13 at Saint Mary's, was in command from the outset as he retired the first nine batters he faced and 19 of 20. After Joey Railey singled to lead off the fourth, Coleman set down the next 10 batters before allowing a single to Scott Cousins with one out in the seventh inning.
The eight strikeouts gave Coleman 262 for his career and moved him into a tie with Jacob Barrack for fifth place on Pepperdine's all-time career list.
While Coleman was in command throughout, the Waves' offense came alive, scoring in five consecutive innings against San Francisco starter Aaron Peroda (7-5) and reliever Jason Dufloth.
For the second day in a row, the Waves took an early lead as it scored two runs in the second inning. Pepperdine loaded the bases with one out and, after a strike out, sophomore shortstop Danny Worth hit his second straight double down the right field line that drove in two runs to give the Waves a 2-0 lead.
Pepperdine added a pair of unearned runs in the third before building a 6-0 lead with two runs in the fourth inning. The Waves scored three more times in the fifth before capping the scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth.
Worth, junior catcher Chad Tracy and junior left fielder Luke Salas had two hits apiece while junior designated hitter Justin Tellam drove in a pair of runs with a single and sacrifice fly.
Pepperdine enters Sunday's winner-takes-all series finale seeking its third straight WCC Championship Series victory and second after dropping Game 1. The Waves lost the series opener to Loyola Marymount last year before bouncing back to claim the final two games.
San Francisco took this year's series opener, defeating the Waves 7-6 on Friday.