Waves Blast 14 Hits and Nine Runs in 9-1 Win Over BYU
Military veterans were honored at the Saturday game with Pepperdine's Veterans Day at the Ballpark.
April 12, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine baseball team scored nine runs on 14 hits to grab a 9-1 win over BYU and take a 2-1 win in the conference series. Aaron Brown led the way on the mound and at the plate, hitting a homer and tossing 7.0 solid innings.
The 24th-ranked Waves jumped out to a 6-0 lead early thanks to a five-run second inning. Nine different players recorded hits in the game and five different players drove in runs for the Waves.
“The biggest thing for us was that we maintained great at-bats all throughout the game,” said head coach Steve Rodriguez. “It was nice to get to good start with those early runs. That really helped us gain some momentum and carry some confidence through the entire game.”
Pepperdine manufactured a run in the opening frame as Hutton Moyer (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) drew a walk to lead off the game and then stole second. Moyer advanced on a fly ball and then scored on a slow grounder to second by Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) to give the Waves a 1-0 lead.
The second inning was when the fireworks started. Pepperdine posted six hits and five runs to take a commanding lead. All the runs came with two outs in the inning as Manny Jefferson (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS) started things off with a sinking liner to right field that scored Brandon Caruso (Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS). Moyer, Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) and Langlois all followed with RBI singles as well.
Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) did more than enough to make the early lead stand up, giving up just one earned run in his seven innings to move to 7-1 on the year. The junior lefty struck out seven batters and walked just two, giving up five hits along the way. He also homered in the fourth inning to give the Waves an 8-1 lead. Brown is the only pitcher in the country to hit a home run in a game he wins three times this season. He now leads the team with seven homers this season after also going deep yesterday.
“Aaron battled through some things and did a great job on the mound, keeping us where we needed to be the whole time he was out there,” said Rodriguez. “What he is able to do at the plate as well, is just as impressive. It’s fun to watch every time he goes out there.”
The only run of the day came in the fourth for BYU, when Brock Whitney sliced an RBI triple down the right-field line. Whitney was 2-for-3 on the day, one of just two Cougars with multiple hits. Kelton Caldwell went 2-for-4.
Brandon Caruso (Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) led the way for Pepperdine with three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Jefferson, Moyer and Langlois all had two-RBI days, while Moyer scored a pair of runs as well. The Waves scored in each of the first five innings and sent a total of 13 players to the plate.
“We have a lot of guys that work really hard for us, so it’s great to get them their opportunities,” said Rodriguez. “It’s just a really good bunch of guys who are doing a lot of good things for us.”
The win moves the Waves to 27-8, 12-3 WCC and keeps them ahead of San Diego for first place in the conference standings. BYU falls to 14-23, 5-10 WCC. Pepperdine hits the road against Cal State Northridge next Tuesday and then hosts San Francisco for a WCC series to close the week.