Waves Down Saint Mary's 6-2 on the Road
The Waves and Gaels came into play as the top two teams in the WCC standings.
April 4, 2014
MORAGA, Calif. – The No. 29-ranked Pepperdine baseball team broke open a tie ballgame with five runs in the last three innings to score a 6-2 victory over Saint Mary’s on Friday afternoon. The win moves the Waves past the Gaels for the top spot in the conference standings.
Moyer (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) doubled home his first run of the game early, getting the Waves on the board in the third inning by slapping a ball down the left-field line to bring home Brandon Caruso (Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS). Moyer struck again as part of a two-run seventh when he and Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) hit back-to-back RBI doubles to put Pepperdine up 3-1.
After scoring their first run in the bottom the fourth inning, Saint Mary’s tried to answer the Waves’ two-run seventh, scoring one run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, but couldn’t come any closer than 3-2.
Pepperdine poured in two more runs in the eighth, getting RBI’s from Caruso and Aaron Barnett (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS). Davidson capped the day with a solo homer to right field in the ninth inning, giving the Waves a comfortable 6-2 advantage for Eric Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) to close out.
Corey Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS) picked up the win, giving up one earned run on seven hits in 6.1 innings pitched to move to 6-1. Ivan Dilda (Honolulu, Hawaii/Mid Pacific Institute) replaced Miller in the seventh, getting the final two outs of the inning. Chandler Blanchard (Henderson, Nev./Coronado HS) and Karch tossed scoreless eighth and ninth innings respectively to close the game out.
Moyer was 3-for-5 on the day, smacking a career-high three doubles. Davidson was 2-for-5, hitting his second home run of the year.
Collin Ferguson recorded the only RBI of the day for Saint Mary’s and Connor Hornsby led the Gaels by going 3-for-4 at the plate. Ryan Brockett took the loss to move to 4-3.
The win pushes Pepperdine to 22-7 overall, 8-2 WCC and drops Saint Mary’s to 13-15, 5-2 WCC. The two teams have a pair of games left in the series, playing at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.