Hacker and Yamaguchi Fuel Pepperdine's 4-3 Comeback Win against LMU
March 17, 2013
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Pepperdine trailed 3-2 with two outs in the ninth. Kolten Yamaguchi (Kona, Hawaii/Konawaena HS) powered the first pitch he saw from LMU’s Bret Dahlson (0-4) over the right field fence to tie the contest at 3-3. It was the third homer of the season and the third of the week for the Hawaiian catcher.
The Waves were not done as Ranny Lowe (Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS) earned a walk and Cody Nulph (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) reached on an error to give Pepperdine runners at first and second base.
This set the stage for Hacker (Moorpark, Calif./Oaks Christian HS), who lined a 2-2 pitch up the middle scoring a streaking Lowe. The series victory marks fifth time in the last six series the Waves have dropped the opening game to LMU before winning the final two contests.
“We got key hits today,” Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez said. “Yamaguchi came through with a big home run and then one of the most treasured guys on this team, Drew Hacker, with how hard he works and you just love to see those guys come through in big situations in the bottom of the ninth and to win it for you. It was just an overall great game today for us.”
Things did not look good for Pepperdine early as LMU scored three runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead, with the big blow coming on a two-run double by Colton Plaia. The Lions would manage only two hits the rest of the way as the Waves bullpen stepped up and tossed six scoreless innings.
Pepperdine answered in the bottom of the third on a solo home run to left field by Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./UCLA) to make it 3-1. It was the second homer of the season for the outfielder. The Waves added an opportunistic run in the fifth, scoring on a wild pitch by starter Aaron Griffin, who went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs off five hits and struck out five.
Matt Maurer (Medford, Ore./North Medford HS) tossed two scoreless innings in relief of lefthander Aaron Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS), who went 4.0 innings, allowing three runs off two hits. Brown retired the first seven Lions he faced.
Eric Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) collected his fourth relief win of the season and tossed 3.0 innings, allowing one hit and struck out two. Karch threw 36 pitches, 25 for strikes.
Yamaguchi and Hacker both finished their days 2-for-4 with an RBI. Matt Lowenstein went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI to lead the Lions
Pepperdine returns to action when it hosts Santa Clara in a three game WCC series beginning with a doubleheader Saturday, March 23 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. First pitch of game one is set for 11:00 a.m. in a game featuring live streaming video via WaveCasts.
SANTA CLARA SERIES SCHEDULE CHANGE: Pepperdine’s West Coast Conference series against Santa Clara, originally scheduled for March 22-24 at Eddy D. Field Stadium has shifted to a Saturday (3/23) doubleheader starting at 11:00 a.m. with a single game Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m. This change was made to accommodate the Broncos final exam schedule.