Waves Fall 7-5 at Home to Pacific in Series Finale
Pepperdine's next WCC series will be on the road against Santa Clara next weekend.
March 16, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine baseball team was unable to come back for the second straight day against the Pacific Tigers, falling 7-5 on Sunday in the series finale.
The Waves got a four-hit three-RBI day out of freshman Manny Jefferson (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS), but it wasn't enough as Pacific scored seven runs on 11 hits.
The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, stringing together four singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly to grab the early lead. The Waves got a pair of runs back in the bottom half of the inning on the first of three doubles for Jefferson in the game. Pepperdine scored in four different innings, but couldn't make the run they needed in any of the frames.
Jefferson recorded his fourth hit of the day in the bottom of the eighth, driving in a run to pull the Waves to within one, 6-5, with one out. Pepperdine would load the bases, but subsequently grounded into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
Pacific tacked on another run in the top of the ninth to go up 7-5 and the Waves were unable to get a run in the bottom of the inning. Aaron Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) doubled with one out, but was thrown out trying to advance to third on a Brad Anderson (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) groundout to end the game.
Eight different players contributed to Pacific's 11-hit day. Tyler Sullivan led the team with two RBI. Will Lydon picked up the win for the Tigers, moving to 1-3 on the year. Michael Benson got the five-out save, his fourth of the year.
On top of going 4-for-4 at the plate and driving in three runs, Jefferson also scored once in the game, accounting for four of the Waves' five scores on the day. Brown was 2-for-5 at the plate and took the loss on the mound to move to 3-1.
Brown threw 6.2 innings and then turned it over to five different Wave relievers who tossed the last 2.1 innings.
Pepperdine falls to 13-6 overall, 1-2 WCC with the loss and Pacific moves to 10-12, 2-1 WCC. The Waves have a non-conference matchup with UC Irvine scheduled for Tuesday and then will hit the road against Santa Clara next weekend for another WCC series.