Waves Drop Game Two of De Facto WCC Conference Title Series to San Diego, 10-5
Tomorrow's rubber match is for the WCC conference title and automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament.
May 26, 2012
MALIBU, Calif.- Pepperdine baseball celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1992 national title before the game, but the Waves were unable to nail down this year's West Coast Conference crown in game two, giving up a big five-run sixth inning and falling to visiting San Diego 10-5 Saturday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Starter Scott Frazier(Upland, Calif./Upland HS) gave up eight runs on eight hits and four walks in in 5.1. While he did tally five strikeouts, he took the loss--only his fourth of the season against seven wins.
The Toreros (40-14, 15-8 WCC) jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first, following a one-out walk with four consecutive singles to take a 2-0 lead. They added another run in the top of the third by stringing together a two-out double and a pair of singles, building the lead to 3-0.
However the Waves (33-21, 15-8 WCC) responded in the bottom half of the inning, manufacturing a pair of runs despite going hitless. Matt Gelalich (La Verne, Calif./Bonita HS) and Zach Vincej (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS) drew back-to-back walks to lead off the inning, and Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Joe Sever (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep) and Tony Cooper(San Carlos, Calif./Canada College) followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies to put the score at 3-2 after three complete.
However, the Toreros put the game away with a decisive five-run sixth inning that included only two hits but saw 11 batters come to the plate and combine for five free passes--four walks and one hit batter. With the score at 8-2 after five and a half innings, the Waves were forced to play catch-up.
The bats finally woke up in the bottom of the sixth, as Cooper and Sam Meyer (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS) had back-to-back one-out hits to break up what had been a Torero no-hitter. Cooper scored on a groundout from Floyd Given(Rohnert Park, Calif./Sacramento City College) to make the score 8-3, but that would be all the Waves would get that half.
San Diego tacked on a couple insurance runs in the top of the eighth to push their lead to 10-3.
Given and Matt Forgatch(San Marino, Calif./Denison University) led off the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back singles and came around to score on an RBI double from Gelalich and an RBI groundout from Vincej to pull the Waves to within five, but that would be as close as they would get, as the final score was 10-5.
The Waves and Toreros will square off in the rubber match for the series and the conference title Sunday at 1 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
San Diego 10, Pepperdine 5
San Diego........... 201 005 020 - 10 13 0
Pepperdine.......... 002 001 002 - 5 7 0
DP - USD 2; Pep 3. LOB - USD 12; Pep 7. 2B - JOE, C; DURAN, J 2; MEYER, S.; GELALICH, M.. HBP - BAILEY, A; HAUPT, D.; DAVIDSON, A.. SH - HOTTA, J.;LECHICH, L.. SF - SEVER, J.. SB - HAAR, B..
Win - WAGNER, M. (5-1). Loss - FRAZIER, S. (7-4). Save - None.
WP - COVEY, D.; FRAZIER, S. 2; BROWN, A.. HBP - by WAGNER, M. (DAVIDSON, A.); by FRAZIER, S. (HAUPT, D.); by FRAZIER, S. (BAILEY, A). Pitches/strikes: COVEY, D. 38/16; WAGNER, M. 89/61; PAZOS, J. 13/5; FRAZIER, S. 99/56; SNIDER, M. 20/11; ALVAREZ, A. 27/14; McILHENNY, B 4/2; BROWN, A. 27/12.
Umpires - HP: Carl Coles 1B: Anthony Prater 3B: Ray Leible
Start: 1:10 pm Time: 3:22 Attendance: 587 Weather: 66 degrees, sunny, breezy
COVEY, D. faced 1 batter in the 3rd.
ALVAREZ, A. faced 2 batters in the 8th.