Waves Get Complete-Game Gem From Miller, Win 5-0
Feb. 21, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine baseball team downed Utah Valley 5-0 Friday behind a complete-game gem from senior ace Corey Miller. Miller gave up just two hits, struck out 11 and walked one as he faced only three batters more than the minimum in the game.
Miller got four runs in support through the first three innings and five total from the Wave bats, led by Aaron Brown who drove in three runs on the day.
“Our offense came out and jumped on them in the first inning and allowed me to just settle in and throw strikes from there,” said Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS), who took a loss in his first outing this year despite throwing eight innings of three-hit ball. “I just felt really comfortable out there. I was able to get a lot of first-pitch strikes and that was what I was trying to do coming into this game.”
The Waves plated a pair of runs in the opening frame, getting an RBI single from Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) and a sacrifice fly from Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS). Brown came through with a run-scoring single in the third as part of another two-run inning for Pepperdine. Brown went 1-for-2 at the plate and Langlois went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The four early runs were more than enough for Miller, but the Waves would tack on one more in the fifth on a Brown groundout. Pepperdine finished with seven hits on the day.
Miller needed just over two hours to mow down the Wolverine hitters, moving his record to 1-1 on the year. He has yet to give up an earned run in 17.0 innings of work.
“We are playing with a lot of confidence right now,” said Miller. “Our offense is just awesome. This is what we expect from them every game and they’re doing a great job. It’s a lot of fun to watch.”
The first hit of the day for Utah Valley came in the sixth inning when Zach Slesk slapped a double into right that landed just out of the reach of a diving Langlois. Ross made a highlight reel catch just prior to that, robbing Jordy Hart of a hit.
The win moves Pepperdine to 4-1 on the year and drops the Wolverines to 2-4. Devin Nelson took the loss for Utah Valley, falling to 0-2. The teams will be back at it this weekend with 1 p.m. games on both Saturday and Sunday.