Waves Open Conference Play With 5-3 Win Over Pacific
Pepperdine and Pacific will play two more games this weekend to complete the three-game series.
March 14, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine baseball team opened West Coast Conference play with a 5-3 win over Pacific on Friday afternoon, getting a big homer from Austin Davidson to help propel the team to victory.
In what was a back and forth game early, Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) came to the plate with the Waves trailing 3-2 in the fifth inning. The junior third-baseman ripped his first home run of the season off the scoreboard in right, bringing home Hutton Moyer (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) in the process to make it a 4-2 lead Pepperdine would not give up.
Corey Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS) tossed 7.1 innings to pick up the win, scattering seven hits and giving up one earned run. The other two Pacific runs scored following a Wave error in the top of the fifth. Miller struck out four and walked just one. The senior righty now has a team best 1.61 ERA and is 3-1 on the year.
The Waves got runs in both the third and fourth inning, taking a 2-1 lead into the fifth. After an error extended the inning, Pacific scored on a hit by pitch and sacrifice fly to go up 3-2. Davidson's homer with one out in the bottom half of the inning would change that and give Pepperdine the lead for good.
After a stand-up triple in the bottom of the seventh, Moyer scored the fifth run of the game for the Waves on a wild pitch. The sophomore led the team, going 3-for-4 on the day, stealing two bases and scoring two runs. Brad Anderson (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) picked up the only other RBI for the Waves with a single in the fourth.
Ivan Dilda (Honolulu, Hawaii/Mid Pacific Institute) replaced Miller in the eighth inning, striking out the lone batter he faced to help strand a runner on third. Eric Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) replaced Dilda for the final out of the inning and then tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his fifth save of the year. Karch leads the WCC in saves so far this season.
Mike Hager took the loss for Pacific, giving up six hits and four earned runs in 6.1 innings of work. He falls to 2-2 on the year. The Tigers are now 8-12 overall after the loss and open WCC play 0-1.
Pacific had seven different players record the team's seven hits. Jason Taasaas threw the final 1.2 innings and didn't allow a hit, but his offense couldn't make the comeback.
The Waves move to 13-4 on the season and open conference play 1-0. The two teams have two more game this weekend, playing on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.