March 24, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Shortstop Danny Worth went 3-for-6 with three runs and two RBI to lead No. 12 Pepperdine to a convincing 16-1 win over UC Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Waves recorded season-highs with 18 hits and the 16 runs in the win.
Off to its best start in eight years, Pepperdine improved to 19-7 this season with the win. UCSB, who lost a narrow 13-12 decision to the Waves in a slugfest March 6, fell to 10-11 on the year.
The loss snapped the Gauchos' three-game winning streak following the sweep of Loyola Marymount last weekend. UCSB had won six of eight coming into Saturday's game.
Senior first baseman Robbie Blauer got a single in the ninth inning to extend his impressive hit streak to 22 games, dating back to last season. Mike Zuanich, Chris McMurray, Matt Valaika, and Patrick Rose also had hits for the Gauchos, who could only muster five against Pepperdine pitching.
Pepperdine got one run in each of the first three innings. In the top of the first, third baseman Chase d'Arnaud had an RBI single to left, while catcher Travis Tartamella hit a solo home run to left in the second. Designated hitter Eric Thames then brought a runner home on a sacrifice fly after shortstop Worth had tripled to lead off the third.
The Waves began to break it open with three runs in the fourth after a Thames single that drove in two and an RBI single to left by right fielder Donald Brown.
The Gauchos scratched their only run of the afternoon in the bottom of the frame when freshman second baseman Matt Valaika drove home Zuanich after the left field had reached on a one out single.
Senior Bryan Fleming, who came on in relief in the top of the fifth replacing starter Steve Morlock, gave up a homer to right off the bat of left fielder Luke Salas to start the inning. Fleming looked as though he was going to skate through the rest of the inning but two Gaucho errors and a few unfortunate hops extended it before Adrian Ortiz singled in one more run.
The waves tacked on seven more in the top of the sixth, highlighted by a Worth double to left center that brought home two.
Santa Barbara held Pepperdine scoreless for the first time in an inning in the seventh after junior left-hander Kyle Brown threw an impressive inning with two strikeouts. Senior Justin Aspegren came on and pitched a scoreless ninth.
Junior starter Barry Enright got the win for the Waves, going seven complete innings. The Junior All American allowed four hits, one run and struck out six, improving to 6-1 on the season and 29-4 for his career. After winning his last two decisions, Morlock took the loss for the Gauchos, allowing six runs on 10 hits with two walks and a strikeout in four innings of work. He is now 3-4 on the season.
UCSB heads to Malibu tomorrow and will send junior lefty Chuck Huggins (2-0. 2.87 ERA) to the mound to continue a three game series with Pepperdine at 1:00 p.m.