No. 17 Pepperdine Stumbles at Long Beach State
April 30, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. – The No. 17 Pepperdine baseball team gave up six unearned runs in a 7-0 loss at Long Beach State on Wednesday night. The Waves managed seven hits, but were unable to score a run in just their fourth shutout loss this year.
Playing in their second straight non-conference game following a nine-day break, the Waves stumbled after defeating No. 3 Cal Poly just a day ago. The Waves were the third ranked team the surging Dirtbags have picked up a win against in the last two weeks.
LBSU scored three runs in the third inning and then four in the fifth to take the commanding lead. Ryan Millison did his part on the mound to hold the Waves in check, throwing seven scoreless innings.
The Waves were able to put runners on the corners in the first inning and load the bases in the fourth, but couldn’t push a run across in either occasion. The visitors were only able to manage one hit the rest of the way after the fourth.
The Dirtbags scored their three runs on just one hit in the third inning and had three hits in their four-run fifth. LBSU posted eight hits on the day.
Millison got the win, giving up six hits and no runs with five strikeouts. He moves to 3-1 on the year. Jackson McClelland (Beaumont, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) took the loss for the Waves, tossing 4.1 innings. Just one of the seven runs he gave up was earned as Pepperdine had three errors.
Colton Vaughn went 3-for-3 for the Dirtbags and Ino Patron drove in two runs.
The Waves hadn’t lost by more than five runs this season prior to Wednesday night and the seven runs are tied for the second most they have given up all year. Pepperdine falls to 31-10 with the loss and LBSU improves to 21-21.
The first-place Waves resume WCC play this weekend when they travel to second-place Loyola Marymount for a three-game, Wells Fargo PCH Cup series. Audio of all three games will be broadcast live on WaveCasts.