Sever's Five Hits Lead Waves in 11-7 Victory
SEVER'S FIVE HITS LEAD WAVES IN 11-7 VICTORY
February 21, 2010
Click on the above video for Joe Sever's postgame comments.
Pepperdine and Oregon Box Score (Feb. 21, 2010)
MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman second baseman Joe Sever tied a Pepperdine individual game record with five hits and scored four runs in the Waves' 11-7 win over Oregon Sunday afternoon in front of 548 fans at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The loss was Oregon's first of the season through three games, while Pepperdine has now won two straight following its opening night loss Friday at Long Beach State.
Sever's (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Preparatory) performance at the plate tied a record held by 26 former players, including current Oakland A's farmhand Steve Kleen who was the last to accomplish this feat on Feb. 20, 2005 at Houston.
With the Pepperdine offense clicking on all cylinders, Sever reached base and scored four times through the first five innings. He singled up the middle to lead off the game, beat out a pair of infield hits in the second and fifth, and ripped a stand-up triple down the right-field line in the fourth.
In his last at-bat in the seventh, Sever poked a single through the right side just past the outreached glove of first baseman Shawn Peterson.
The Waves also were assisted throughout the game by a porous Ducks' defense, which committed five errors, including three by shortstop KC Serna.
Serna's miscues led to four unearned runs, two of which were scored during the Waves' decisive four-run fifth inning. Ryan Van Amburg (Campbell, Calif./St. Francis) reached first with one out on a Serna throwing error and the Waves capitalized with three straight hits by Tyler Brubaker (Valencia, Calif./Saugus HS), Miles Silverstein (Bell Canyon, Calif./Calabasas HS) and Sever.
Serna made a second error that inning, throwing wide of Peterson in an attempt to catch Brian Humphries (El Cajon, Calif./Granite Hills HS) retreating to first following a fly ball to center. Instead, Humphries advanced to second and Sever scored the Waves' 11th and final run.
Pepperdine jumped out to leads of 3-0, 6-0, 7-1 and 11-1, but had to hold on tight late in the game as Oregon scored six times between the sixth and eighth innings.
The Ducks scored a pair of two-out runs on four hits in the sixth off senior starter Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS), who was making his first appearance in close to a year. Dickmann, however, would regain his composure in the seventh and faced the minimum three batters thanks to a 6-4-3 double play.
Staked to an 11-3 lead, Dickmann finished his day with 99 pitches and was credited with Pepperdine's third straight quality start to begin the season. He also struck out three and walked a batter.
The Waves' lead appeared to be safe, but the Ducks batted around off reliever Keven Inman (Bakersfield, Calif./Garces HS) in the eighth and cut their deficit in half by the time freshman Jordan Luvisi (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Preparatory) recorded the inning's final out.
Aaron Gates (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) pitched the ninth and finished the game by backhanding a sharp bouncer off the bat of Danny Pulfer. Gates made the stab with his glove above his head, turned, and underhanded the ball to first baseman Ryan Heroy (Hendersonville, Nev./Green Valley HS), who earlier in the game set a program record by getting plunked with the 47th pitch of his career.
Damon Katz, who played for the Waves from 1997-2000, held the previous varsity record of 46.
In addition to Sever and Heroy rewriting the record book, Colin Rooney (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) continued his hot start at the plate and went 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. He leads the team with a .444 batting average through three games.
Nate Johnson (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) reached base two times and drove in a pair of runs, as did Silverstein.
Oregon starter Christian Jones gave up seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and was chased after 3.1 innings. He was followed to the mound by relievers Hambright, Geoff Nichols, Ryan Fleckenstein and Joey Housey, who combined to give up two earned runs on six hits.
Pepperdine concludes its short two-game homestand Tuesday with a 1:30 p.m. game against Cal Poly.