Corey Miller's Complete Game Game Leads Waves to 6-0 Win
March 28, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine baseball team dispatched of the Portland Pilots in less than two hours Friday afternoon to open the teams’ three game series, getting a complete game from senior pitcher Corey Miller for a 6-0 win.
Miller tossed all nine innings, throwing just over 100 pitches, allowing seven hits and no runs to pick up the win. The Waves scored five of their six runs in the first two innings to cruise to the win.
“We hadn’t executed well the past couple games, so it was great to see our guys commit to it and get out there and execute early,” said head coach Steve Rodriguez. “It was something we have been stressing lately, so to get the win while executing like that was good to see.”
Hutton Moyer (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) led off the game with a double and then advanced to third on a groundout. Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) then came up and hit a sacrifice fly to right on the first pitch he saw, giving the Waves a 1-0 lead three batters into the game.
Pepperdine again jumped on Portland starter Davis Tominaga in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs on five hits. The Waves led the inning off with three straight singles, the third of which driving in a run by Devin Carter (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley HS). After an RBI groundout, Manny Jefferson (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS) doubled home the third run of the inning, slapping a ball down the left field line. An Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) sacrifice fly would cap the scoring and give the Waves more than enough runs for the day.
Moyer finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI, run scored and a stolen base while hitting in the leadoff spot. Jefferson was 2-for-3 at the plate, also driving in and scoring a run. In all the Waves recorded eight hits, tacking on a sixth run in the sixth inning.
Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS) moves to 5-1 on the year with the win, striking out seven batters and walking just one in the game. The Waves’ ace has now struck out 50 batters on the year, while allowing just six walks. It was his second complete game of the season and his fifth start going at least eight innings.
“Corey just did what he has all year today,” said Rodriguez. “He made quick innings, threw a lot of strikes, kept the ball down and let his team play defense behind him. He was just solid once again.”
Portland’s Tominaga settled in somewhat after the first two innings, giving up just two more hits and one run over the next five innings. The Pilots were unable to make any noise offensively, though, dropping Tominaga to 0-3 on the year with the loss. Chet Thompson and Ryan Barr each went 2-for-3 at the plate for Portland.
The win moves the Waves to 18-7 overall, 5-2 WCC and drops Portland to 5-20, 0-7 on the year. The two teams will be back in action this weekend for a pair of 1 p.m. games.