Pepperdine Blasts St. John's 11-1, Takes 2-1 Series Win
Feb. 16, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – For the second straight day the Pepperdine baseball team put up an explosive offensive display and got a solid starting performance on the mound, cruising to an 11-1 win over St. John’s Sunday afternoon. The win gives the Waves a 2-1 series win over the Red Storm to open the season.
Aaron Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) threw seven innings, scattering five hits and giving up one run to record his first win of the season. Brown also went 3 for 4 at the plate with an RBI. Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) and Aaron Barnett (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS) added three hits each as well. Barnett drove in two runs and scored a pair, while Davidson scored three runs and drove in one.
“It’s a good sign when you have a lot of different players on your team come up big,” said head coach Steve Rodriguez. “We’ve had some real consistent at-bats from several of our guys throughout the entire weekend.”
The Waves broke open a 2-1 ballgame with a four run fifth inning, getting RBI singles from three different players. After an error brought home the first run of the inning, Barnett, Jack Ross (Gilroy, Calif./Palma HS) and Michael Perri (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd HS) hit back-to-back-to-back singles to make it a 6-1 contest. Perri hit a stand-up RBI triple the inning before to give the Waves a 2-1 lead, following the Red Storm’s lone run in the top of the fourth.
The Waves would tack on runs in each of the next three innings to power their way to the win. Brown and three Pepperdine relievers would hold the Red Storm scoreless the rest of the way as well.
“Perri came in for his first start this season and had a great day out there,” said Rodriguez. “I think that really speaks to the depth of this team. We have guys that can step in there and be ready to play all over the field. We have a lot of different options and are a very versatile team, and that helps us counter any adversity we might face.”
Eight different players contributed to Pepperdine’s 16 hits in the game and seven players drove in runs on the day. The Waves scored runs in six of the eight innings they came up to bat in.
Brown gave up his lone run on a double in the fourth inning, but avoided trouble the rest of the way to pick up the win. The junior lefty struck out seven, walked two and picked off a pair of runners in the game.
“Brown overall has had a great weekend offensively and then he comes out today and does what he does on the mound,” said Rodriguez. “He just competes. He’s a very good athlete and he’s very competitive and wants to be out there. It’s nice to watch him go out and be as aggressive as he is. He’s one I never have to worry about being ready to go.”
For the weekend Brown went 7 for 12 at the plate, driving in three runs and scoring two. The freshman Barnett led all players in the series with nine hits, also driving in three runs.
The win moves the Waves to 2-1 on the young season and drops St. John’s to 1-2. Pepperdine will be back in action Tuesday when the team hosts Long Beach State.