Waves Fall at No. 10 Oklahoma 10-7
March 1, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – Both teams had big innings, but Pepperdine’s was just smaller than No. 10 Oklahoma’s in a 10-7 setback Friday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Waves (6-4) drop a series opener for the first time this season, while the Sooners (10-0) remain unbeaten.
It was anticipated to be a pitcher’s duel with the aces for both team taking the mound. Instead, offense ruled the day with the teams combining for 17 runs, 20 hits and two home runs.
Ranny Lowe (Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS) led the offensive charge for the Waves, going 3-for-4, while Brad Anderson (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) went 2-for-4 with an RBI. It was a career-high hits tally for Lowe and the first hits and RBI of Anderson’s collegiate career.
Oklahoma wasted no time getting on the board and took a 1-0 lead in the first, but did major damage in the third. The Sooners sent 11 to the plate and plated seven runs off Waves righthanded starter Scott Frazier (Upland, Calif./Upland HS). Oklahoma got a leadoff homer from H. Haley and capitalized on five hits and three walks in the frame.
Pepperdine wasted no time in clawing back in the contest, scoring six times in the fourth. Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) doubled to lead off the frame, moved to third on a groundout and after a walk to Cody Nulph (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS), Anderson sent an RBI single to left. Hutton Moyer (San Digeo, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) made it 8-3 with a two-run single to center. This set the stage for Meyer, who capped the scoring with his second homer of the season to right field to bring Pepperdine to within two runs, 8-6.
Frazier (1-1) settled down and allowed just one hit in his final three innings and retired the side in order in the fifth and sixth, finishing his day with eight runs off eight hits, two strikeouts and three walks. Dillon Overton (4-0) collected the win for the Sooners allowing six runs off six hits and struck out 10 and issued four walks in 6.0 innings.
Oklahoma scored two runs in the seventh off the Pepperdine bullpen to make the score 10-8. The Waves had two runners aboard in the eighth after Anderson and Lowe hit back-to-back two-out singles, but the Sooners escaped.
Pepperdine made things interesting in the ninth inning, loading the bases with two outs. Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./UCLA) doubled to right center and after two straight walks, he scored on a passed ball. The Waves could not tack on more and dropped their second straight road game to a Big 12 opponent.
Pepperdine continues its three-game series against No. 10 Oklahoma Saturday afternoon. First pitch against the Sooners is set for a noon (PT) start at L. Dale Mitchell Park.