Pepperdine Rolls to 11-1 Victory vs. Western Michigan in 2013 Opener
Scott Frazier Records Seven Strikeouts; Austin Davidson Goes 3-for-4
Feb. 15, 2013
WMU GAME ONE BOX | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
MALIBU, Calif. – Western Michigan scored first, but Pepperdine responded with 11 unanswered runs and cruised to a 11-1 victory in the season opener for both teams on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves (1-0) sent nine batters to the plate in the five-run third, plated three in the fifth and two in the sixth against the Broncos (0-1) in the first meeting between the two teams.
Scott Frazier (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) threw 7.0 strong innings to secure his first victory of the season. The day after being named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch list, the junior righthander allowed just one unearned run off three hits and struck out seven Broncos in collecting his 10th career victory.
Lefthanders Matt Maurer (Medford, Ore/N. Medford HS) and Alex Najera (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Canyon HS) recorded a pair of strikeouts and did not allow a hit pitching the eighth and ninth respectively.
Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) led the offensive charge with a 3-for-4 day with two runs and a double. Making his Wave debut, Cody Nulph (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) went 1-for-2 with three RBI, while Ranny Lowe (Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS) went 2-for-4 with a bases clearing double in the fifth.
Western Michigan plated their lone run in the first. Leadoff hitter Vinnie Booker was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a groundout and a throwing error and scored on a groundout by Andrew Sohn.
It was all Pepperdine from there as seven Waves collected hits en route to an 11-hit opening day. Frazier and the bullpen did not allow a runner to reach scoring position in the final 4.0 innings, allowing just one hit after the fifth.
Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./UCLA) was in the middle of everything for the Waves, drawing three walks and scored three times on a 1-for-2 day, doubling in the fifth. Sam Meyer (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) collected a pair of RBI in a 1-fo-4 day.
Steve Laudicina (0-1) suffered the loss for the WMU, allowing six runs (three earned) off six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Pepperdine returns to action when it squares off against the Broncos in a Saturday doubleheader. Game one starts at 10:00 a.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium. A video WaveCasts will be available for the first game, while the nightcap will feature an audio only broadcast. Pepperdine is scheduled to throw righthander Corey Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Serra HS) in game one and Jackson McClelland (Beaumont, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) will make his Waves debut in the second contest.
NOTES: Pepperdine improves to 8-2 in season openers under head coach Steve Rodriguez … With the win, the Waves up their record to 9-1 all-time against Michigan schools … Pepperdine dispatched Michigan State 8-7 in the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional at Sunken Diamond.