LMU Takes Second Straight Close Game From No. 17 Pepperdine
The Waves still hold a lead in the WCC standings despite the two losses to LMU.
May 3, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The No. 17 Pepperdine baseball team dropped its third game in a row for the first time this season and second game of a three-game series with Loyola Marymount on Saturday, 3-1.
In what was yet another low scoring battle between the two teams, the Waves gave up three runs in the third inning and couldn’t come all the way back, falling by two runs. The Waves fell 3-2 in a pitchers duel yesterday.
Pepperdine had its opportunities in the game, leaving 10 runners on base, but couldn’t score again after getting a run in the fourth inning.
The Waves loaded the bases in the first inning, but weren’t able to capitalize and then got runners in scoring position in the next two frames. The visitors left seven runners on through the first three innings before the LMU pitching staff would settle in late.
Matt Maurer (Medford, Ore./North Medford HS) had a solid outing for Pepperdine, only slipping up in the third inning of his six inning performance. LMU got three singles and a triple in the third to post their only scores of the night. Maurer would allow just four more hits in his other five innings of work.
After missing opportunities in the first three innings, the Waves got on the board with an RBI double by Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS). That was it, though, as Davidson was thrown out to end the inning when he tried to advance on the throw home.
Pepperdine got runners to second base in the seventh and eighth innings, but a diving stop at second in the seventh and two big strikeouts by LMU reliever Carlos Fuentes ended the threats. Austin Miller also made big plays for LMU in centerfield, the last of which was a leaping grab on a hard hit ball by Manny Jefferson (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS) to lead off the ninth inning.
Patrick McGrath got the win for the Lions, giving up one run on six hits through 5.0 innings pitched. He moves to 6-2 on the year. Bret Dahlson picked up his ninth save of the year.
Miller was 3-for-4 with a run scored for LMU. Davidson and Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) each had two-hit days for the Waves.
Pepperdine is still in first place after the loss, falling to 31-12, 14-6 WCC. LMU moves to 28-19, 15-8 WCC and sits a half-game back in the standings. Only twice this year has Pepperdine lost consecutive games.
The two teams will close out the three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. Live audio of the contest will be broadcast on WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com.