Waves Fall 2-0 in Season Opener to St. John's
Feb. 14, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine baseball team opened the season with a 2-0 loss at home to St. John's Friday afternoon, giving up the deciding unearned run in the seventh. Corey Miller went eight innings for the Waves, giving up just three hits and no earned runs to take the defeat.
Pepperdine managed six hits in the game, but couldn't push a run across, stranding 10 runners on base. The Waves had a chance in the bottom of the ninth, getting runners on first and second with two outs, but St. John's closer Thomas Hackimer shut the door with a strikeout to end it.
Freshman Aaron Barnett (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS) grounded a clutch single that was stopped deep in the hole to extend the inning after Kolten Yamaguchi (Kona, Hawai'i/Konawaena HS) drew a two out hit-by-pitch. Barnett was 3 for 4 in his collegiate debut, leading all players in the game.
The Red Storm scored their first run after an error sent Michael Donadio to third and Jarred Mederos drove him home with a single through the right side. They would add a second in the ninth on a Zach Lauricella double.
Five different players helped St. John's finish with five hits in the game. Joey Christopher picked up the win with 1.2 innings of relief for the Red Storm. Starter James Lomangio went 5.0 innings, giving up four hits and no earned runs.
The Waves also threatened in the seventh when Brandon Caruso (Pasadena, Calif./Loyola HS) singled deep in the hole at short, moving Jack Ross (Gilroy, Calif./Palma HS) to third. Chris Kalica induced a popup to end the inning and the threat, however.
Aaron Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) also posted multiple hits for pepperdine, going 2 for 4 in the game and Caruso was 1 for 5. Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS) posted seven strikeouts and one walk on the mound. Freshman Chandler Blanchard (Henderson, Nev./Coronado HS) threw the ninth for Pepperdine giving up two hits and striking out one.
The loss opens the season 0-1 for the Waves, while St. John's jumps out to a 1-0 start. The two teams will be back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. for the second game of their three game series.