Waves Register 5-3 Win over Oral Roberts

MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine starter Nathan Newman tossed eight strong innings and the #17 Waves posted a 5-3 win over Oral Roberts on Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.


Pepperdine improved to 12-4 with the win while Oral Roberts fell to 10-3. The Waves improved to 10-1 at home with the victory and have won nine consecutive games at Eddy D. Field Std.


Newman and Oral Roberts’ starter Jerry Sullivan kept each team scoreless through the first four innings, but Pepperdine got on the board in the fifth inning as Matt Aidem (Valencia, Calif./UC Santa Barbara/Valencia HS) singled to lead off the inning and scored on Chase d'Arnaud’s (Long Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) RBI triple. Eric Thames (San Jose, Calif./West Valley JC/Bellarmine Prep) followed with a sac fly to score d’Arnaud to give the Waves a 2-0 lead. Pepperdine added a run in the sixth, as d’Arnaud scored on David Harris’ (Glendora, Calif./Santa Barbara JC) sac fly, pushing the Waves lead to 3-0.


In the seventh inning, Nate Simon (Duvall, Wash./Tulane) led off with a single, moved to second base on Denny Duron’s (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) sacrifice bunt, and scored on Bryce Mendonca’s (San Leandro, Calif./Chabot JC) RBI double. Mendonca came around to score on Aidem’s RBI single, increasing the Waves’ lead to 5-0.


The Golden Eagles finally got on the board in the ninth, on a three-run homer off Nick Gaudi (Lancaster, Calif./Paraclete HS) to cut Pepperdine’s lead to 5-3, but Gaudi rebounded to strike out the side and seal Pepperdine’s win.


Newman (Houston, Texas/Grayson C.C.) tossed eight innings, allowing four hits and two runs while fanning four batters. Newman improved to 3-1 with the win, while Sullivan fell to 2-2. Newman is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA over his last three starts spanning 25 innings.


Aidem led the Waves offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with one RBI, Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) notched a pair of hits, and d’Arnaud scored two runs and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Brendan Duffy led the Golden Eagles with two hits, and David Genao registered three RBI.


The Waves and Golden Eagles continue their three-game series tomorrow with a 1 p.m. game at Eddy D. Field Stadium.



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