Waves Capitalize On Coastal Errors In Extra-Inning Victory
March 18, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - Sophomore Zach Vincej's bases-loaded suicide squeeze bunt with one out in the 11th inning brought home Pepperdine's game-winning run its 2-1 triumph over No. 23 Coastal Carolina Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. With the win, the Waves improved their season record to 7-10 and snapped a four-game losing streak in the process.
The Chanticleers dropped to 13-6 and will conclude their series vs. Pepperdine Saturday with a doubleheader slated for 11 a.m. Sunday's game was called off due to a chance of rain.
Friday's contest started a pitcher's duel between the Waves' Jon Moscot (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Palisades Charter HS) and Coastal Carolina's Anthony Meo as neither allowed a run until the bottom of the eighth when a two-out ground ball put in play by Brian Humphries (El Cajon, Calif./Granite Hills HS) was mishandled by the Chant's second baseman Tommy La Stella.
The error allowed Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./Servite HS), who had just doubled to left, to score easily from third and give Pepperdine a 1-0 lead.
Pepperdine put Moscot back on the mound in the ninth for a chance to earn the complete-game shutout, but after throwing 120 pitches and having just allowed a walk and one-out single, the coaching staff opted to turn to its bullpen and freshman Corey Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./ JSerra Catholic HS) with runners at the corners.
Miller got the second out right away, but it wasn't the kind anyone wanted as La Stella scored the game-tying run on Rich Witten's fly ball to left. Then after allowing a single, Miller escaped the inning with a pop up to second and later retired the first batter he faced in the 10th before yielding to sophomore Brian McIlhenny (Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy College Preparatory).
McIlhenny recorded the final two outs of the 10th on a 6-3 double play ball and made quick work of the first two batters he faced in the 11th. But with two outs the Chants loaded the bases against him and freshman reliever Eric Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West) on a walk, error and hit batsmen.
Karch, however, won out in the end by getting Josh Conway to ground into an inning-ending fielder's choice, and was the pitcher of record when Pepperdine scored its go-ahead run. The victory lifted Karch's season record to 2-2.
Humphries opened the 11th with a single through the right side that barely evaded La Stella's reach, and made it safely to second when a bunt off the bat of Joe Sever (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Preparatory) was thrown into center field by relief pitcher Jordan Coons.
Coons had just entered the game in place of Matt Laney (0-1) who surrendered the leadoff single to Humphries.
Sever's bunt was followed by Trent Diedrich's (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) sacrifice hit to third, and an intentional walk to Torrey Jacoby (Camarillo, Calif./Notre Dame (Ariz.) Preparatory) loaded the bases for Vincej.
"We kept waiting all game for that one big hit that was going to win the game for us, so it was nice to have a good skill player like Zach up at the plate in that situation to get the bunt down," head coach Steve Rodriguez said. "I felt we played some of our best baseball of the season today, and even though we didn't score a lot of runs we got a lot of hits to go with some great pitching from Jon."
Moscot, who was credited with his third quality start in five chances, finished his 8.1 innings of work with eight strikeouts and two hits allowed. And prior to the ninth the Chants only had one inning in which they put two runners on against him (third) or placed a runner as far as third base (fourth).
"Jon was phenomenal today vs. a great team in Coastal Carolina," Rodriguez said. "He mixed up his pitches and kept the ball down. I would have loved to have seen him get the complete game, but at the same time I didn't want his pitch count to go much higher ... I tip my cap to him for a job well done."
Coastal starter Meo went 7.2 innings, giving up the one unearned run on seven hits and four walks. He struck out five.
Amezquita, Humphries and Diedrich led the Waves' offense with two hits each.
Pepperdine 2, Coastal Carolina 1 (Mar 18, 2011 at Malibu, Calif.)
Coastal Carolina.... 000 000 001 00 - 1 4 2 (13-6)
Pepperdine.......... 000 000 010 01 - 2 10 1 (7-10)
Pitchers: Coastal Carolina - MEO, Anthony; HESSLER, Keith(8); CONNOLLY, Ryan(8);
LANEY, Matt(11); COONS, Jordan(11) and WITTEN, Rich. Pepperdine - Moscot, Jon; MILLER, Cory(9);
McILHENNY, Brian(10); KARCH, Eric(11) and Diedrich, Trent.
Win-KARCH, Eric(2-2) Loss-LANEY, Matt(0-1) T-3:20 A-352
Weather: 64, Sunny
HESSLER, K. faced 1 batter in the 8th.