Waves Defeat UC Irvine 3-2 at Dodgertown Classic

Matt Maurer earns his third win of the season.

March 13, 2012

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LOS ANGELES- The Pepperdine baseball team took the field at historic Dodger Stadium for the Dodgertown Classic on Tuesday afternoon, defeating the UC Irvine Anteaters in close fashion 3-2.

With the game deadlocked 2-2 through the first and a half frames, the go-ahead run came in the bottom of the fifth off a sacrifice fly from shortstop Zach Vincej (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS). In the first inning first baseman Sam Meyer (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS) had an RBI single and Aaron Brown(Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) added a sacrifice fly to score the Waves' (12-4) two other runs.

Left-handed pitcher Matt Maurer (Medford, Ore./Medford HS) threw a solid 5.2 innings of work, allowing two runs on just two hits and five strikeouts en route to earning his third win of the season. Freshman righty Andrew Alvarez(Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King HS) came in with two on and one out in the top of the sixth in relief of Maurer and got out of the jam, throwing a total of 2.2 innings and allowing only one hit.

In the ninth freshman closer Brown came in from right field and was able to get a double play after walking the first batter, but after allowing two more free passes, Michael Swanner(Cardiff, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) came in to make the final out, solidifying his first save of the season.

After the Anteaters (8-7) were able to plate a run in the top of the first, the Waves came out in the bottom half of the inning swinging. Vincej led things off with a single to right field and advanced to second on a Matt Gelalich (La Verne, Calif./Bonita HS) groundout. Second baseman Joe Sever (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep) reached on an error by the centerfielder and left fielder Tony Cooper(San Carlos, Calif./Canada College) walked. With the bases loaded Meyer came through to plate the Waves first run of the day and he sent a well-hit ball down the first base line. In the next at bat Brown would drive another run in with a sacrifice fly. After the first the Waves led 2-1.

The Anteaters would get another run to cross in the top of the second to tie things up 2-2. That score would hold through the bottom of the fifth, when the Waves would score the eventual game winner.

The bottom of the fifth would start with a double over the centerfielder's head by Waves third baseman Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS). Catcher James Grandpre(Lancaster, Calif./Desert Christian HS) would lay down a nice sacrifice bunt to move Davidson to third. Vincej would follow with a fly out to left field that would plate Davidson and put the Waves ahead 3-2.

The Waves defense was key today, turning four total double plays, with two of those coming in the final four innings to hold the Waves' 3-2 lead.

The team will have a quick turnaround, as they are set to host Columbia on Wednesday at 3 p.m. PT.

Pepperdine 3, UC Irvine 2
UC Irvine........... 110 000 000 - 2 3 1
Pepperdine.......... 200 010 00X - 3 6 1

Win - MAURER, M. (3-0). Loss - Ferragamo (1-1). Save - SWANNER, M. (1). WP - MAURER, M.. HBP - by MAURER, M. (Ramirez). Pitches/strikes: Ferragamo 66/40; Hoover 10/6; Brock 11/4; Trentacosta 6/4; Merten 13/6; Litchfield 4/3; MAURER, M. 81/38; ALVAREZ, A. 35/19; BROWN, A. 21/8; SWANNER, M. 6/3. Ferragamo faced 1 batter in the 5th.

E - Ramirez; SEVER, J.. DP - UCI 2; Pep 4. LOB - UCI 8; Pep 5. 2B -Crumlich; DAVIDSON, A.. HBP - Ramirez. SH - Reyes; Sparks; Rabago; COOPER,T.; DAVIDSON, A.; GRANDPRE, J.. SF - VINCEJ, Z.; BROWN, A.. SB - Fox. CS -Stephens.

Umpires - HP: Heath Jones 1B: Rich Padilla 3B: Chuck Lyon



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