Waves Drop a Close Game to Long Beach State, 2-1

Max Gamboa (photo by Taylor Alvarado)
March 18, 2017

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MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine Baseball team fell to Long Beach State, 2-1, on Saturday. Junior Max Gamboa threw eight innings for the Waves giving up just two runs, but was outdueled by Darren McCaughan, who threw a complete game, giving up just one run.

The Waves fall to 8-8 on the year, while Long Beach State improves to 9-8. The Waves finish the weekend on Sunday, as they take on Grand Canyon at 1 p.m.

Saturday was the second game in a row that the starter has gone eight or more innings for the Waves, and also the second start in a row for Gamboa (Mill Valley, Calif./Tamalpais HS) where he has gone eight or more.

The Waves struck first in the third inning, when Josh Davis (Tulsa, Okla./Union HS), led off the inning with a single, then, after an Aharon Modlin (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS) walk, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Quincy McAfee (Houston, Texas/Westside HS). The run was scored after Matt Gelalich (La Verne, Calif./Bonita HS) hit a sacrifice fly to plate Davis.

Long Beach State scored on an RBI double by David Banuelos in the fifth, then again in the eighth on an RBI single by Ramsey Romano, plating Laine Huffman for the go-ahead run.

Gamboa threw eight innings, giving up the two runs on seven hits. He struck out four, as well as walking four batters. Jonathan Pendergast (San Diego, Calif./Catherdral Catholic HS) came in for the Waves and threw a perfect ninth inning.

McCaughan gave up just two hits over the nine innings, striking out seven batters, while only allowing one walk.



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