Errors Prove Costly In Waves Loss To The Bruins

Junior Tony Cooper used his glove to rob Dean Espy of a two-run home run in the third inning.

May 3, 2011

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MALIBU, Calif. – Three Pepperdine late-inning errors led to eight unearned runs for UCLA in an eventual 10-0 win for the Bruins Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The 2010 College World Series runners-up scored all their runs from the sixth inning onward in improving to 24-16 on the season, while the Waves dropped to 18-21.

UCLA nearly scored in the third inning but Tony Cooper (San Carlos, Calif./Junipero Serra HS) made the Waves’ defensive play of the year in reaching over the left-field wall and stealing away a two-run home run off the bat of Dean Espy.

Espy recovered to finish the game 3-for-6. Brian Humphries (El Cajon, Calif./Granite Hills HS) also collected three hits, including a double, to lead all Waves at the plate.

Two other Waves produced multi-hit efforts as Pepperdine finished with 10 base hits, but in failing to push across a run the Waves matched an unfortunate season high with 13 runners left on base. Nine of those runners were stranded in scoring position.

Starter Matt Maurer (Medford, Ore./North Medford HS) held UCLA scoreless through the first 5.0 innings before getting into trouble in the sixth, where a bobbled bunt back to the mound kept the frame alive just long enough for Jeff Gelalich’s two-run double to left-center.

Maurer nearly escaped the frame after striking out Trevor Brown and catching Tyler Heineman between home and third on a botched sacrifice attempt, but he left his first pitch up to the Bruins’ leadoff man who gave them all the run support they’d need.

The Bruins broke the game open an inning later with a four-run seventh, in which the Waves again were one out away from posting a scoreless frame, but shortstop Zach Vincej’s  (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS) throw sailed wide of the second-base bag and into right field. UCLA capitalized on the miscue with consecutive RBI doubles by Cody Keefer and Brown.

Pepperdine then endured a scary moment in the eighth when Harrison Kain (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) collided with the right-field wall while pursuing a Cody Regis shot. The ball sailed over Kain’s outstretched arm, ricocheted off the padding and rolled back into shallow right, giving Regis a two-run inside-the-park home run. Kain walked off the field on his own power and was replaced by David DiPaola (San Carlos, Calif./Junipero Serra HS).

UCLA’s final two runs in the ninth off reliever Ricky Villarreal (Edinburg, Texas/Edinburg HS) were both earned as the Bruins ripped three straight singles before scoring on a bases-loaded walk and hit by pitch.

Pepperdine returns to action Wednesday at UC Irvine for a 6:30 p.m. game, which will be broadcast via Wave Casts on

UCLA 10, Pepperdine 0 (May 03, 2011 at Malibu, Calif.)


UCLA................ 000 002 422  - 10 12  0      (24-16)

Pepperdine.......... 000 000 000  -  0 10  3      (18-21)


Pitchers: UCLA - WEISS; LODGE(7); GRIGGS(9) and HEINEMAN. Pepperdine - Maurer, Matt;

McILHENNY, Brian(7); MILLER, Cory(7); LUVISI, Jordan(8); VILLARREAL, Ricky(9) and Johnson, Nate


Win-WEISS(5-1)  Loss-MAURER, Matt(3-5)  T-3:15  A-183


Weather: 82, Sunny



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