Pepperdine Falls to No. 20 Cal State Fullerton 6-3
Feb. 20, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. –Pepperdine made some key mistakes and No. 20 Cal State Fullerton capitalized on them in a 6-3 non-conference loss Wednesday at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves (4-1) clawed back into the contest late but the Titans (5-0) minimized the damage in remaining unbeaten on the yea
Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) led the Waves offensively on a 2-for-4 day, including his third double of the season.
Matt Maurer (Medford, Ore/North Medford HS) went 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and struck out six. The Titans did much of their damage in their three-run first inning. With two outs, Fullerton singled, stole second and Michael Lorenzen struck out but reached first on a wild pitch which allowed a run to score. Chad Wallach followed with a RBI double down the right field line and it was 3-0 heading to the bottom of the first.
Cal State Fullerton made it 4-0 in the second as another run scored on a wild pitch. Pepperdine got on the board in third, loading the bases with two outs as Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./UCLA) slapped an RBI single to make it 4-1.
Trailing 5-1, Pepperdine plated a run in the sixth on a RBI groundout by David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island HS), driving in Langois who doubled down the left field line to lead off the frame. The Waves made it interesting in the eighth with back-to-back one-out singles by Langlois and Cody Nulph (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran). Oppenheim walked to load the bases, but the Titans got out of the jam with only one run crossing the plate on an RBI groundout by Ranny Lowe(Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS).
Cal State Fullerton tacked on an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI single from Matt Chapman. The Waves went down in order in the ninth.
Pepperdine got a strong effort from its bullpen as it allowed just one run off four hits in 4.1 innings with three strikeouts. Mat Snider (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos HS) was particularly impressive retiring the Titans in order in the seventh and eighth. Snider finished with a pair of strikeouts in 2.0 innings.
Pepperdine takes to the road where it will take on Texas A&M in a three game series beginning Friday, Feb. 22 in College Station. First pitch of game one against the Aggies is set for 4:30 p.m. (PT).
Baseball: Pepperdine Falls to No. 20 Cal State Fullerton 6-3