Pepperdine Sweeps Santa Clara in Doubleheader - 4-3 and 7-5
Austin Davidson Goes 7-for-9 with Four Doubles; Chris Amezquita Hits Third Home Run
March 23, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine got strong pitching and timely hitting Saturday, sweeping Santa Clara in a doubleheader, 4-3 and 7-5 in West Coast Conference action at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves (12-9, 4-1 WCC) have won five of their last six and secure their second straight league series victory at the expense of the Broncos (8-14, 0-2 WCC).
Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) did much of the offensive damage for Pepperdine, going 7-for-9 with four doubles, an RBI and two runs in the twinbill. Sam Meyer (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS) and Kolten Yamaguchi (Kona, Hawaii/Konawaena HS) each went 3-for-8. Meyer collected two doubles and two RBI, while Yamaguchi recorded an RBI double.
Pepperdine surged Saturday against the Broncos, recording 10 doubles, a home run and hit .308 as a team. The Waves limited Santa Clara to just one extra base hit and allowed just three combined runs to score after the fourth inning.
Righthander Scott Frazier (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) turned in a quality start in game one, going 8.0 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out five. Righthander Corey Miller (Laguna Nigel, Calif./Serra HS) was effective in collecting his fourth win of the year, tossing 6.0 innings, allowing four runs off seven hits and struck out a career-high nine batters.
It was the first time since the opening weekend that Pepperdine's top two rotation starters earned back-to-back victories.
Michael Swanner (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) collected a pair of saves today and did not allow a hit in earning his third and fourth saves of 2013.
Pepperdine hosts Santa Clara in the finale Sunday at Eddy D. Field Stadium. First pitch against the Broncos is set for 1:00 p.m. in a game featuring live streaming video via WaveCasts.
GAME ONE - Pepperdine 4, Santa Clara 3: Pepperdine held off a ninth inning rally to secure a 4-3 victory against Santa Clara in game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Santa Clara scored first in the third, but the Waves built a 4-1 lead with a single run in the fourth and a three-run fifth.
Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) got Pepperdine on the board with an RBI single, scoring Davidson, who doubled with one out in the fourth. The Waves sent eight batters to the plate in the decisive fifth as Drew Hacker (Moorpark, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) collected an RBI double, followed by an RBI singles from Davidson and Meyer for a 4-1 advantage.
Santa Clara rallied for two runs in the ninth, but Swanner escaped the jam by making the pitches he needed despite some shaky defense in the final frame.
Frazier (2-3) was effective, turning in his second straight quality start during league play. Mike Couch suffered the loss for Santa Clara tossing eight innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
GAME TWO - Pepperdine 7, Santa Clara 5: Pepperdine scored five runs in the first three innings and held on for the doubleheader sweep in game two of the WCC series. The Waves trailed 1-0 heading to the bottom of the first, but answered with a pair of runs on three doubles from Davidson, Meyer and Yamaguchi. Amezquita gave Pepperdine a 3-1 cushion in the second with a solo homer to left field for his third long ball of the season.
After Santa Clara plated three in the top of the third to take a 4-3 lead, Pepperdine answered right back with three more, scoring runs on an RBI from Ranny Lowe (Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS) and a two-run double by Cody Nulph (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) to make it 6-4.
Santa Clara closed to within one at 6-5, scratching across a run in the seventh, but Pepperdine answered in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Nulph, scoring Yamaguchi, who walked to lead off the Waves seventh.
Chris Mendoza (2-2) took the loss for Santa Clara and allowed three runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. Eric Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) tossed a pair of innings in relief, allowing one run off three hits with a strikeout.