Waves Down Portland 6-1 in Soggy WCC Series Opener Friday
May 17, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. – Once the rains stopped, Pepperdine’s bats woke up fueling a 6-1 West Coast Conference victory at Portland Friday at Joe Etzel Field. The Waves (25-24, 11-11 WCC) snap a three-game losing streak at the expense of the Pilots (17-33, 8-14 WCC).
Portland took a 1-0 lead just one pitch into the home half of the first as Nick Armienta lifted a leadoff homer to left field. The score would stay at 1-0 Portland until Mother Nature intervened, eventually halting the game for 30 minutes heading to the bottom of the third.
After the delay, Pepperdine scored three runs in the fourth with two outs to take a 3-1 lead. Aaron Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) hit the first of three two-out doubles for the Waves. After a walk issued to Ranny Lowe (Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS), Drew Hacker (Moorpark, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) hit a two-run double down the left field line. James Grandpre (Lancaster, Calif./Desert Christian HS) followed with a RBI double to right for a 3-1 lead.
Sam Meyer (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS) made it 5-1 with a two-run home run to center in the fifth inning. It was the fifth home run of season for Meyer and the first since leaving the yard at Brigham Young March 29 in Provo.
Brown made it 6-1 Waves when he hit his second home run of the year with a solo shot to lead off the eighth inning. The preseason All-American finished his day 2-for-4, accounting for a third of Pepperdine’s six hits.
Righthander Scott Frazier (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) turned in a strong effort in his final 2013 start. Frazier (5-5) tossed eight innings, allowing one run off eight hits and struck out nine Pilots with just a pair of walks. With the victory, Fraizer moves into a three-way for the team lead in 2013 wins.
Following a 69-minute rain delay, Jackson McClelland (Beaumont, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) pitched a scoreless ninth with a strikeout. All told the contest featured 1:38 of rain stoppage.
Billy Sahlinger (3-4) suffered the loss for Portland, allowing five runs on four hits with one strikeout and a walk in 4.1 innings. Brian Frattali collected a game-high three hits for the Pilots.
Pepperdine squares off against Portland in game two Saturday. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. at Joe Etzel field and live streaming video will be provided courtesy of the Pilots.
SCHEDULE NOTE: Sunday’s 2013 finale has been moved from a 1:00 p.m. start to a noon first pitch to accommodate Pepperdine’s travel back to Malibu.