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Pepperdine Wins Conference Opener At Santa Clara, 8-0


Pepperdine and Santa Clara Box Score (April 9, 2010) Get Acrobat Reader

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Pepperdine junior Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) tossed his second straight complete game shutout and the Waves' offense torched the Bronco bullpen for six ninth-inning runs Friday night in an 8-0 win over Santa Clara at Schott Stadium.

Pepperdine improved to 11-15 and 1-0 in the West Coast Conference with the victory while Santa Clara fell to 13-14 and 0-4 against league opponents.

Bywater lifted his season record to 3-3 after tying a season high with 10 strikeouts. All three of his victories have been complete game shutouts (Fullerton, Stony Brook, Santa Clara) and he has held opposing teams scoreless over the last 18 innings.

The Broncos threatened to breakup his scoreless streak three times through the first five innings, placing runners in scoring position in the second, third and fifth frames, but after cleanup hitter Geoff Klein grounded into a bases-loaded 6-4-3 double play to end the fifth, Bywater shifted into top gear and retired the final 13 batters he faced - five via strikeout.

Up until the ninth inning, Pepperdine's offense was experiencing many of the same frustrations as its opponents when it came to driving in runs, in fact, the Waves left 11 men on base, which was one shy of their season high set two weeks ago at Stanford.

But junior Floyd Given (Rohnert Park, Calif./Rancho Cotate HS) broke the scoreless tie in the third by powering a Nate Garcia delivery over the wall in left-center field, and then in the fourth freshman Zachary Vincej (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS) drove in senior Colin Rooney (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) for his first career RBI.

Garcia struck out 13 Waves through eight innings of work, but he also surrendered 14 hits and by the time the final frame rolled around he was already up to 143 pitches and the Santa Clara bullpen was brought in to keep the game close.

But Garcia's teammates were of no relief at all.

After redshirt sophomore Miles Silverstein (Bell Canyon, Calif./Calabasas HS) scored the first run on a throwing error by the shortstop, the Waves loaded the bases for sophomore Aaron Gates (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) who made in a 5-0 game on a double to left field.

The Waves, though, saved their biggest hit for last when fifth-year senior Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS) put the game out of reach with a three-run homer on a 1-1 pitch off reliever Rhett Nelson.

Heroy's three-run game was his second in as many games and gave him 101 for his career. Heroy recently celebrated another milestone last week at UCLA after producing his 100th career RBI.

Given established a career high in hits with his 3-for-4 night, and Gates tied his career high with two RBI.

The Waves' 17 hits tonight were its most since collecting 22 in a 19-3 win earlier this season vs. Brown at LSU's Alex Box Stadium. They have produced 32 hits over the past two games.

Pepperdine and Santa Clara resume their three-game series Saturday at 6 p.m. Redshirt sophomore Cole Cook (Los Angeles, Calif./Palisades Charter HS) will take the hill for the Waves vs. Bronco Alex Rivers.

Pepperdine 8, Santa Clara 0 (Apr 09, 2010 at Santa Clara, Calif.)


Pepperdine.......... 001 100 006  -  8 17  1      (11-15, 1-0)

Santa Clara......... 000 000 000  -  0  4  1      (13-15, 0-4)


Pitchers: Pepperdine - Bywater, Matt and Johnson, Nate. Santa Clara - Garcia, N; Simon, B(9);

Nelson, R(9) and Klein, G.

Win-BYWATER, Matt(3-3)  Loss-Garcia, N(2-6)  T-3:14  A-348

HR PEP - Given, Floyd (2); Heroy, Ryan (2).

Weather: Clear, 70 degrees



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