Waves Break Out Bats in 7-2 Win Over Grand Canyon

Ben Rodriguez (photo by Stephen Wandzura)
March 19, 2017

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MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine Baseball team broke out of its offensive slump on Sunday afternoon, pounding Grand Canyon for seven runs on nine hits in a 7-2 victory to close the weekend.

The Waves scored three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings to cruise to victory after scoring nine runs in their last five games. Pepperdine moves to 9-8 after going 3-1 in its four games this week and the Lopes fall to 5-12.

Wil Jensen posted another quality start for the Waves, going 7.0 innings to pick up the victory. He scattered six hits and gave up just one earned run and two total, while striking out two batters and walking one. For the weekend, the Pepperdine starters tossed a total of 24.0 innings and gave up just three earned runs as the Waves went 2-1.

Ben Rodriguez hit a three-run double with two outs in the sixth inning to break the game open. Josh Davis reached base all four times he came up, going 2-for-2 with a walk, hit-by-pitch and one RBI. Quincy McAfee and Austin Bernard each had two-hit days with an RBI and run scored in the game.

Grand Canyon got on the board first with a run in the second and Lopes starter Degan Harte held the Waves without a hit until the fourth inning. Pepperdine's first base-hit was a double by Brandon Caruso, followed immediately by an RBI single from Bernard. The Waves sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth to score three runs.

Rodriguez would later clear the bases with his double to make it a 6-1 game in the sixth. Both teams posted runs in the seventh to round out the scoring.

Ben Slattery pitched a perfect eighth and Austin Gehle tossed a scoreless ninth to finish things off for the Waves.

Grand Canyon went through four pitchers after Harte was chased in the fourth inning.

Pepperdine heads to Fresno State on Wednesday before opening West Coast Conference play at Pacific next weekend. The Waves will first finish their game against Fresno State that was postponed heading to the 12th inning earlier this year, before playing their regularly scheduled non-conference contest against the Bulldogs on Wednesday. The postponed game was tied 6-6 before it was stopped due to darkness in Malibu on March 7.



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