Pepperdine Beats Washington 1-0 with 11th-Inning Walk-off
April 6, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine’s Hutton Moyer ended an outstanding pitcher’s duel with a two-out, bases loaded single in the 11th inning for a 1-0 victory against Washington Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves (17-12) loaded the bases in the ninth, but could not plate the winning run against the Huskies (8-20).
It was a game dominated by great pitching, especially from the starters. The two staffs combined to allow just eight hits (five by Pepperdine) and collected a whopping 23 strikeouts in a game that did not feature a single extra-base hit.
Corey Miller (Laguna Nigel, Calif./Serra HS) turned in perhaps the finest performance of his career, tossing 10 scoreless innings allowing three hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts. Miller did not walk a single batter and threw 118 pitches, 78 for strikes. The junior righthander retired the first 12 batters he faced.
Michael Swanner (Cardiff, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) followed Miller and retired the Huskies in order in the 11th, with a pair of strikeouts to collect his first victory of the year.
Righthander Austin Voth tossed eight strong, scoreless innings for Washington and allowed just one hit with 10 strikeouts and walked four.
Pepperdine mounted a rally in the ninth off of Husky relievers Trevor Dunlap and Zach Wright (1-3), loading the bases with two outs for Drew Hacker (Moorpark, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) after back-to-back walks issued by Dunlap and a single by Ranny Lowe (Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS). Hacker, who already has a walk-off hit to his credit this season, hit into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
In the 10th inning, Pepperdine was turned away, despite a two-out single from Sam Meyer (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS). Swanner dispatched the Huskies in the 11th.
Once in the home half of the 11th inning, James Grandpre (Lancaster, Calif./Desert Christian HS) led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice, followed by two-out walks to Lowe and Hacker. This set the stage for Moyer (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) who sent the 1-0 pitch up the middle for the game-winner.
Pepperdine takes on Washington in Sunday’s rubber match. First pitch against the Huskies is set for 1:00 p.m. at Eddy D. Field Stadium in a game featuring live video streaming via WaveCasts.