Baseball Survives 11-10 Slugfest At San Diego
April 17, 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Senior Torrey Jacoby's two-out, two-run single broke a 9-9 tie in the ninth and served as the game-winning hit in Pepperdine's 11-10 victory over San Diego Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
The Toreros, however, did not go away quietly in their final at-bat as they pushed across one more run before leaving two on base against Wave reliever Eric Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) who improved to 4-2 on the season following 1.1 innings of work.
As a team Pepperdine came out of the weekend at 16-18 and 2-4 vs. the West Coast Conference, the same as San Diego, which is 10-23 overall.
Like in Saturday's contest the Waves again jumped out to a big first-inning lead only to see it slip away from them in the later innings. Pepperdine commanded leads of 4-0, 5-0 and 6-1, but it was whittled down to 7-6 after the seventh and tied at 9-9 following the eighth.
The Waves loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but their first attempt to break the tie was nullified when Nate Johnson (Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS) was thrown out at home by the drawn-in shortstop Julian Duran.
Then up came Jacoby (Camarillo, Calif./Notre Dame Preparatory), who at that point was 0-for-3 and down to his last strike, but the senior slashed a 2-2 pitch from Paul Paez far enough into right field to score both Chris Amezquita (La Mirada, Calif./Servite HS) and David DiPaola (San Carlos, Calif./Junipero Serra HS).
DiPaola's run would ultimately hold up as the game-winner as the Toreros threatened their second comeback in as many days that would have also meant a sweep of the Waves.
Kevin Muno reached first on a one-out bunt single and motored all the way to third base following a throwing error by Brian Humphries (El Cajon, Calif./Granite Hills HS) after he retrieved Dillon Checkal's base hit to center.
One out later Zach Kometani drove in his fourth RBI on his fifth hit of the game - a rip through the left side - but that would be it for USD as Karch escaped the jam by getting Bryan Haar to ground into a 6-4 fielder's choice.
Karch was the fifth pitcher used by the Waves following starter Scott Frazier (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) and relievers Jon Moscot (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Palisades Charter HS), Corey Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./JSerra HS) and Brian McIlhenny (Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy College Preparatory)
Frazier, in just his second start since Opening Day, went 4.0 innings and gave up one run on three hits. Moscot wasn't as fortunate in his first appearance in more than three weeks, getting tagged for five runs on six hits and two walks as San Diego climbed back into the game at 7-6.
Komentani hit a two-run shot off Moscot in the fifth, and drove in the first of three seventh-inning runs on a single to right. San Diego sent nine men to the plate in the seventh off Moscot and Miller, and eight more during its three-run eighth against McIlhenny and Karch.
Haar smacked a two-run bases-loaded single in the eighth that was followed by a sacrifice fly to right by Corey LeVier.
San Diego scored seven times in the final three innings, but the Waves were able to keep pace by scoring five of their own off four members of the Torero bullpen.
Humphries led off the seventh with a double and scored on the first of pinch hitter Amezquita's two hits, and then in the eighth Harrison Kain (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) slammed his first home run in a Pepperdine uniform - a two-run shot that also plated Zach Vincej (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS).
Pepperdine's four-run first inning vs. Dylan Convey came on the strength of five hits, three of which went for extra bases. Trent Diedrich (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) doubled in the game's first run, then came a two-run double by DiPaola and an RBI triple by Vincej.
Humphries tripled for the Waves again in the second inning to drive in Miles Silverstein (Bell Canyon, Calif./Calabasas HS), who would later double home Kain in the fourth. Seven Waves finished the game with two or more hits, led by Humphries who finished a home run shy of the cycle.
Pepperdine will look to continue its winning ways Tuesday at UC Santa Barbara for a 3 p.m. game before returning home Thursday for the start of a three-game home series vs. Loyola Mayrmount.
Pepperdine 11, San Diego 10 (Apr 17, 2011 at San Diego, CA)
Pepperdine.......... 410 100 122 - 11 16 2 (16-18, 2-4 WCC)
San Diego........... 001 020 331 - 10 16 0 (10-23, 2-4 WCC)
Pitchers: Pepperdine - Frazier, Scott; MOSCOT, Jon(5); MILLER, Cory(7); McILHENNY, Brian(8);
KARCH, Eric(8) and . San Diego - COVEY, D; WAGNER, M(4); MacNABB, M(7); SEWALD, P(8); PAEZ, P(9)
Win-KARCH, Eric(4-2) Loss-SEWALD, P(2-2) T-3:49 A-401
HR PEP - Kain, Harrison (1).
HR USD - KOMETANI, Z (2).