Pepperdine Drops 3-0 Decision to LMU in WCC Opener
March 15, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine threatened, but could not get over the hump, dropping a 3-0 decision to rival Loyola Marymount in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams on a foggy Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves (8-9, 0-1 WCC) managed just five hits against the Lions (8-10, 1-0 WCC) in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle.
Scott Frazier (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) bounced back from a rough start in his last outing against Seton Hall to toss 8.0 effective innings, allowing three runs off seven hits and struck out six and walked four. Frazier was overshadowed by another strong start from Colin Welmon who pitched 7.1 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing five hits with six strikeouts and walked two. The LMU ace has not allowed an earned run in 37.2 innings.
Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./UCLA) paced the Waves offensively with a pair of doubles on a 2-for-4 night. Sam Meyer (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS) also collected a pair of hits for Pepperdine.
LMU got on the scoreboard with two runs in the third. Frazier allowed back-to-back walks to open the inning and both advanced on a wild pitch. A run scored on an RBI single lined off Frazier’s chest, hit by Matt Lowenstein and the second scored from third on a double play. The Lions tacked on a run in the fifth, fueled by David Edwards, who singled, stole second, stole third and then scored on a RBI single by Cullen Mahoney.
Pepperdine stranded nine base runners. The Waves just could not find the timely hit with two runners on in the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth innings. It is the first shutout suffered by the Pepperdine this season, the last coming in a 4-0 defeat to No. 8 Texas A&M March 23 of last season, a span of 36 games.
Jackson McClelland (Beaumont, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts, lowering his freshman ERA to 1.57. Ranny Lowe (Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS) combined with Chris Fornaci (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle HS) and catcher Kolten Yamaguchi (Kona, Hawaii/Konawaena HS) to throw out Mahoney in a play at the plate in the first inning.
Mahoney went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Lions. LMU recorded eight hits.
Pepperdine looks to even the series against LMU Saturday in game two at Eddy D. Field Stadium. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. in a game featuring live streaming video via WaveCasts.