Five Waves with Multiple Hits in 6-2 win at Santa Clara
Along with performance at the plate, Pepperdine gets another strong effort on the mound
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Pepperdine baseball team saw eight starters get a hit, including five with multiple hits, and received another strong pitching performance as the Waves defeated Santa Clara 6-2 Saturday afternoon at Schott Stadium.
Quincy McAfee paced the Pepperdine (16-17 overall, 8-6 WCC) bats by going 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI while Jonathan Pendergast was strong on the mound, going 7.2 innings and giving up two runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and no walks against the Broncos (15-17, 4-10).
- Sophomore second baseman Quincy McAfee (Houston, Texas/Westside HS) went 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.
- Junior center fielder Cory Wills (Henderson, Nev./Basic HS) went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI.
- Senior shortstop Chase Lambert (Malibu, Calif./Malibu HS), junior left fielder Matthew Kanfer (Playa Del Rey, Calif./L.A.C.E.S.) and Jordan Qsar (El Cajon, Calif./Valhalla HS) each collected two hits for the Waves.
- Junior right-hander Jonathan Pendergast (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) went 7.2 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
The Waves looked like they may strike early as they collected five hits in the first two innings, but a pair of double plays cut rallies short and the game remained scoreless through the first five innings with Jonathan Pendergast facing the minimum through five.
Pepperdine struck first in the sixth as a lead-off single by Brandt Belk, a two-out Cory Wills single and a two-out Quincy McAfee double down the right field line scored two to make it 2-0.
The lead didn’t last long as Santa Clara answered with two of their own in its half of the sixth inning to tie the game.
Pepperdine took the lead for what turned out to be for good in the seventh as Aharon Modlin was hit with a pitch, Joe Caparis sacrificed him to second and he eventually scored on a Belk fielder’s choice that was aided by the Broncos dropping what looked to be a double play ball at second base to make it 3-2 Waves.
The Broncos looked like they may strike in the bottom of the eighth as they loaded the bases, but Pepperdine reliever Michael Mahony got a key strikeout to end the threat and keep the game at 3-2.
The Waves picked up insurance in the ninth – all with two outs – as Wills smacked a two-run double and McAfee followed with an RBI double to make the final score 6-2.
The Waves play their series finale with Santa Clara noon Sunday on the road.
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