Waves Split Doubleheader at No. 14 Louisville
March 3, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Pepperdine baseball team split a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at No. 14 Louisville's Jim Patterson Stadium. In game one, the Waves defeated the Cardinals 3-2 on the heels of a Joe Sever home run and masterful pitching from starter Jon Moscotand the bullpen. In game two, the Waves pulled out to an early 1-0 lead, but were eclipsed by the Cardinals 3-1.
In game one Sever (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep) led the Waves (8-3) with a 2-for-3 day, including a two-run bomb to left field, his second of the season that proved to be the difference in the game.
Starter Jon Moscot (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Cuesta College/Palisades Charter HS) went seven complete innings, allowing two runs on six hits with five strikeouts to get his second win of the year. Moscot and the bullpen pitched out of some tough jams in the game, especially freshman closer Aaron Brown(Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS), who came in with the game-tying run aboard for the Cardinals (7-3) and no outs in the bottom of the ninth to get a putout on a sacrifice bunt, a groundout and a strikeout to earn his third save of the season.
The Waves got things going in the fourth when Cardinal starter Justin Amlung walked the leadoff batter Matt Gelalich (La Verne, Calif./Bonita HS) and hit the next batter, shortstop Zach Vincej (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS). With two on, Sever singled up the middle to load the bases. The Waves would score their only run of the inning on a fielder's choice RBI groundout by left fielder Tony Cooper(San Carlos, Calif./Canada College).
The big inning of the day for the Waves came in the sixth with one on, as Sever hit his second home run in as many games, a two-run bomb to left field off the Cardinals' Amlung to give the Waves a 3-0 lead.
However the Cardinals answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, both off of the Waves' starter Moscot.
Lefty Brian McIlhenny (Scottsdale, Calif./Brophy College Prep) came in to relieve Moscot in the eighth and after allowing a walk to the leadoff batter and getting a groundout, right-hander Michael Swanner (Cardiff, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) came in and after got some help from the defense as catcher James Grandpre(Lancaster, Calif./Desert Christian HS) picked the runner off second for the inning's second out, he was able to get the final out of the inning without allowing any damage.
In the ninth after walking the leadoff batter, Swanner was replaced by Brown, who came in out of right field and pitched lights out, getting the Waves out of a jam with the game-tying runner on third to solidify the win and his third save of the season.
In game two, despite getting on the board first in the top of the third, the Waves allowed three runs in the bottom half of the inning that proved to be too much for the squad to overcome.
Right-handed pitcher Scott Frazier(Upland, Calif./Upland HS) went seven complete innings in his third start of the season, allowing three runs on seven hits and tallying two strikeouts. Frazier was charged with the loss, putting his season record at 1-2.
The Waves only run of the game came in the top of the third from a groundout RBI to second base from Sever. With one out Gelalich got on by virtue of a bunt single and Vincej doubled down the left field line to put the speedy center fielder on third. Sever's ground out was enough to score Gelalich and give the Waves a 1-0 lead.
The lead would unfortunately not last long, as the Cardinals bats came alive in the bottom of the third. After plating their first run of the game on a ground out RBI to second base to tie things up, they then strung together a double, a triple and a single to score two more runs and take a 3-1 lead.
The Waves had chances to tie the game up, for in the sixth they had two on and one out and in the top of the ninth they had runners on second and third with two outs, but were not able to push across any more runs.
The Waves will look to take the series in the rubber match on Sunday, March 5 at 10 a.m. PT at Jim Patterson Stadium.