Waves Ride Corey Miller's Complete Game and Hot Bats to 11-1 Win vs. LMU
March 16, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Corey Miller threw his first complete game and Pepperdine’s bats did the rest in a 11-1 romp over Loyola Marymount in West Coast Conference action on a foggy Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves (9-9, 1-1 WCC) turned in one of their most complete games of the season at the expense of the Lions (8-11, 1-1 WCC) to set up a rubber match in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle Sunday.
Miller (Laguna Nigel, Calif./Serra HS) turned in a strong day on the mound, allowing just one run on six hits and struck out seven without issuing a walk. The righthander threw 110 pitches, 71 for strikes.
“It was a really good job today by Corey Miller,” Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez said. “He made defensive innings pretty quick. No walks, zero leadoff guys got on and that’s a great job by him. We made a couple errors behind him, but he was able to work around that and get us back on offense. He did a phenomenal job. He has a chance to be one of the best pitchers in the country and we expect that kind of approach out of him and that kind of result as well.”
After struggling to find the key hit in the series opener, the Waves experienced no such issues in game two, collecting 13 hits, highlighted by a solo shot from Sam Meyer (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS) to lead off Pepperdine’s seven-run fourth inning. It was the third long ball of the season for Meyer, who finished 2-for-4.
Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./UCLA) went 2-for-4 with his ninth double and collected two RBI and two runs, while David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash/Mercer Island HS) also went 2-for-4. Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) finished his day 2-for-5 with an RBI.
“Our hits found holes today and they made some defensive mistakes,” Rodriguez said. “It was good to see our guys stay aggressive. The execution today was very, very key for our guys in hit and runs and some bunts. To be able to execute when we needed to was a key part of the game.”
Trailing 1-0 entering the fourth, Pepperdine sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the frame. After Meyer’s shot into the netting in left field, the Waves got two run doubles from Cody Nulph (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) and Amezquita, sandwiching a run scored by Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) on a throwing error. Davidson made the score 7-1 on an RBI groundout.
Pepperdine tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh on an RBI single by Langlois and pinch runner Chris Fornaci (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle HS) scored from third on a wild pitch.
The Waves were not finished, scoring two more in the eighth inning. Davidson, Meyer and pinch-hitter Devin Carter (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley HS) collected back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases with no outs. Conor Garelick (Valencia, Calif./College of the Canyons) had an RBI groundout and James Grandpre added a sacrifice fly to make the score 11-1 Waves.
Miller (3-2) did the rest and cruised through the middle innings, retiring the side in order in the sixth and seventh and allowed just one runner to reach second base in the final four innings.
Trevor Megill (2-2) suffered the loss for LMU, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits and struck out three and walked one. Colton Plaia went 2-for-3 for the Lions.
Pepperdine welcomes LMU back to Eddy D. Field Stadium Sunday in the series finale. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. in a game featuring live video via WaveCasts.