Solid Pitching and Extra-Inning Heroics Gives Waves 2-1 Win
Feb. 28, 2014
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Pepperdine baseball team got brilliant pitching from Corey Miller and Eric Karch, and Aaron Barnett came through with a clutch single in the 11th inning to give the Waves a 2-1 road win over Hawaii Thursday night.
Miller tossed 8.2 innings, giving up his lone run of the night with two outs in the ninth inning on a pinch-hit single. The Waves got Barnett's second RBI of the night in the 11th to come away with the win on what was a tough night offensively for both teams.
It was the second straight game Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS) has taken into the ninth inning, but the senior right-hander couldn't hold the 1-0 lead as three singles in the inning plated a run for the Rainbow Warriors and sent the game into extra innings. Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) came in to strand runners on the corners with a strikeout to end the ninth inning.
The lone run given up by Miller was the first earned run he has given up this year in 25.2 innings pitched. He struck out eight and walked one in the no-decision Thursday.
The teams would take that 1-1 tie into the 11th where Barnett (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS) broke through with a single to left field, plating Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) for the go-ahead run. Langlois had singled and stole second to get into scoring position.
Karch would stay in to finish off the game and pick up his first win of the year. He allowed no runs and just one hit in 2.1 innings of work, striking out four.
In the only other scoring inning of the day, Aaron Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) led off the fifth inning with a double to right-center and then advanced to third on a groundout. Barnett would bring him home, hitting a sacrifice fly to center-field, giving the Waves the 1-0 lead.
Barnett finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate. Brown and Langlois both went 2-for-5, scoring the only runs for the Waves.
The win pushes Pepperdine to 7-2 on the year and drops Hawaii to 5-5. The Waves and Warriors have two more games scheduled this week.