Pepperdine Again Blanks Portland for 1-0 Win

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March 29, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. - Three pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout on Saturday, as the Pepperdine baseball team again blanked Portland to pick up a 1-0 win in the second game of the three-game WCC series. The Waves took a 6-0 victory in the opening game of the series.

Jackson McClelland (Beaumont, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) did the majority of the heavy lifting, throwing seven scoreless innings to get the win, and Chandler Blanchard (Henderson, Nev./Coronado HS) and Eric Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) tossed the eighth and ninth respectively to preserve the victory.

The Waves manufactured their lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Aaron Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) and Brad Anderson (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) led off the frame with singles and then a sacrifice bunt by Aaron Barnett (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS) moved the runners to second and third. Devin Carter (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley HS) came up and hit a grounder to the right side that was snagged on a diving grab by Pilot first-baseman Kevin Farley, but Brown was still able to score from third on the play.

Pepperdine started the game off putting runners on first and third in the opening inning, but couldn't push across the early run. The Waves posted nine hits in the game with Brown leading the way at 3-for-4. Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) also went 2-for-4 at the plate.

It was the pitching that stole the show for the home team on a somewhat slow offensive day. McClelland struck out six batters and walked just one to move to 4-1 on the year, lowering his season ERA to 3.04 in the process. Neither Blanchard nor Karch allowed a hit in the final two innings, with Karch mowing down the Pilots in order to record his league-leading eighth save.

Billy Sahlinger gave up the lone run of the game, taking the loss to move to 0-2 on the year for the Pilots. Three other Portland pitchers came in the game to hold the Waves scoreless after the fourth, but the offense never came through for the visitors.

The win moves Pepperdine to 19-7 overall, 6-2 WCC and drops the Pilots to 5-21, 0-8 WCC. The teams wrap up their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.



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