Waves Even Series With 6-4 Win Over BYU
April 11, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine baseball team put up six runs Friday to bounce back from an anemic offensive showing the day before, grabbing a 6-4 win over BYU to even the three-game series.
Pepperdine got homers from Aaron Brown and Austin Davidson on the day, plating six runs on eight hits. BYU threatened in the ninth, loading the bases, but Eric Karch came in to pick up the save, getting some help from Brown defensively in the process. The win gives each team one win in the WCC series after BYU picked up a 1-0 victory yesterday.
Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) opened the game with a two-run shot in the first inning, bringing home Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) in the process to make it a 2-0 game. Langlois would make it 3-0 with an RBI single in the third before Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) led the breakout charge in the fifth.
Pepperdine put three runs on the board with two outs in the fifth inning, sparked by Davidson’s solo-shot to right. Two batters later, Brown doubled in a run and Brad Anderson (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) followed with an RBI single.
Brown was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored on the day. Langlois was 2-for-3 at the plate, scoring two runs and driving in one.
BYU would load the bases in the ninth and plate a run on the fourth single to start the inning, making it a 6-3 game. Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) entered the contest, giving up one run before getting the final two outs. Brown made a stellar grab in centerfield to help preserve the lead, snagging a sinking liner just inches off the turf and then throwing home to keep the runner on third base. A ground ball to shortstop would end it.
Matt Maurer (Medford, Ore./North Medford HS) got the start and picked up the win on the mound, tossing 5.2 innings and giving up one earned run. Maurer struck out eight and walked three to move to 4-1 on the year. A.J. Puckett (Danville, Calif./De La Salle HS) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of Maurer to help keep the Waves in front.
BYU did post 13 hits in the game, getting three-hit days from Kelton Caldwell and Bret Lopez. Kolton Mahoney took the loss, giving up six earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched.
The win moves the Waves to 26-8, 11-3 WCC and drops BYU to 14-22, 5-9 WCC. The teams will finish off their series Saturday at 1 p.m.