Pepperdine Falls in the Ninth to #20 UC Santa Barbara, 2-1
March 11, 2014
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Pepperdine baseball team stumbled on the road Tuesday afternoon, falling 2-1 to No. 20 UC Santa Barbara in the ninth inning.
The Waves and Gauchos played even into the bottom of the ninth, when Andrew Calica got the game-winning hit for UCSB with two outs.
UCSB struck first in the game, scoring on an RBI single from Joey Epperson. The Waves would answer in the sixth, putting runners on the corners after singles from Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) and Aaron Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS). Brad Anderson (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) brought Langlois home with a groundout to third.
After replacing Wave starter Matt Maurer (Medford, Ore./North Medford HS) in the third inning and giving up a run, A.J. Puckett (Danville, Calif./De La Salle HS) settled in nicely, working three scoreless innings. The Gauchos finally chased the righty, loading the bases with two outs in the seventh, but Ivan Dilda (Honolulu, Hawaii/Mid Pacific Institute) came in to induce a popup to the shortstop.
Puckett gave up two hits and struck out two in his 4.2 innings of work.
The Waves got a runner on in the top of the ninth as Devin Carter (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley HS) beat out a chopper to shortstop, but Pepperdine couldn’t move him past first.
The Gauchos loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning with the help of a ball hit towards shortstop that could have been an inning-ending double play, but instead took a wild hop out into left field. Then Calica came up with a single through the left side that plated the game-winning run.
Greg Mahle picked up the win for UCSB, moving to 3-1 on the year. The Gauchos moved to 11-2 overall on the season.
The Waves fell to 12-4 with the loss. Pepperdine finished the game with five hits, getting two doubles from Hutton Moyer (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS). Moyer was the only Wave with multiple hits.
Pepperdine will be back in action this weekend, hosting Pacific in the team’s WCC opening series. The first game will be on Friday at 3 p.m.