Waves Down UC Santa Barbara 3-1 Tuesday
April 2, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Pepperdine put together a strong pitching performance and turned away UC Santa Barbara 3-1 Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Waves (16-11) win their third straight midweek game at the expense of the Gauchos (14-13).
Pepperdine scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings and the pitching took care of the rest as the Gauchos managed just three hits after scoring their lone run in the third. UCSB advanced just one runner to scoring position in the final six innings.
"It's always great to get a road win, especially with everybody playing well,"Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez said. "We hit well today throughout the nine innings, although we didn't get a lot of hits, except for early. We got great pitching performances from all three guys."
Hutton Moyer (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) drove the first pitch of the game into right center field and scored on a fielding error, staking the Waves to a 1-0 lead. The Waves made it 2-0 when Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./UCLA) sent a 1-2 pitch out to deep left. It was the team-leading fifth homer of the season for the outfielder.
After UCSB scored in the home half of the third, David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Wash/Mercer Island HS) doubled to lead off the fourth and scored on an RBI single by Ranny Lowe (Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS).
Matt Maurer (Medford, Ore, North Medford HS) tossed seven innings, allowing one run off five hits with a strikeout for his first victory of the season. Eric Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) retired the Gauchos in a 1-2-3 eighth setting the stage for Michael Swanner (Cardiff, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS), who collected his WCC-leading seventh save of the season downing UCSB in order with a strikeout and two groundouts.
"Maurer did exactly what he was supposed to do today," Rodriguez said. "He took us deep into the game and then we turned it over to the bullpen and they did their job as well."
Moyer was the lone Wave to finish with a multi-hit day, going 2-for-5, while Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) smacked his 12th double of the year.
Hector Lujan (0-1) suffered the loss for UC Santa Barbara, allowing all three runs in four innings with a strikeout and a walk. Woody Woodward led the Gauchos with a pair of hits.
Pepperdine returns to action when it welcomes Washington to Malibu for a three-game non-conference series beginning Friday, April 5. First pitch of the opener is set for 3:00 p.m. in a contest featuring live streaming video via WaveCasts.