Pepperdine Drops WCC Series Opener at San Francisco 3-2
May 3, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Pepperdine kicked off an important West Coast Conference road series with a tough 3-2 loss at San Francisco Friday afternoon at Benedetti Diamond. The Waves (23-18, 9-7 WCC) tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth, but could not push the tying or go-ahead run across against the Dons (27-19, 12-7 WCC), who have won five of their last six.
USF plated the game-winner in the home half of the eighth without the benefit of a hit. Waves reliever Eric Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) walked the leadoff hitter, who advanced to second on a balk and to third on a sacrifice. A sacrifice fly from Zachary Turner proved decisive.
Pepperdine had opportunities in the ninth, but simply could not capitalize. USF reliever Adam Cimber (5-2) hit two Waves and Pepperdine had runners at first and second with one out, but could not advance them as Cimber settled down and struck out the final two batters he faced.
The first combined four runs of the contest all came courtesy of the home run. San Francisco struck first in the home half of the second with a two-run homer from Bob Cruikshank for a 2-0 lead. Haden Hinkle retired 10 consecutive batters before the Waves tied the contest in the sixth.
Pepperdine entered the inning with just one hit off Hinkle, but reversed the trend in dramatic fashion with two outs in the frame. Hutton Moyer (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) hit his second career home run and second in as many games with a solo shot to left and Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) followed with his sixth, a blast to right center. Moyer and Davidson are the first Waves to hit back-to-back long balls since David Harris and Ryan Heroy accomplished the feat at Cal State Northridge (2/21/09).
Righthander Scott Frazier (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) turned in a quality start for the Waves, going 7.0 innings, allowing two runs off three hits and struck out seven with three walks. Hinkle did not factor in the decision either for the Dons, tossing 7.0 innings allowing two runs off five hits and struck out six against one walk.
Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS) was the only player in the contest to collect multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4. With his single in the first inning, Langlois has now reached base safely in 28 consecutive games.
Karch (5-4) suffered the loss for the Waves, allowing one run off no hits. Pepperdine pitching limited USF to just three hits on the afternoon.
Pepperdine looks to even the series at a game apiece when it returns to action in game two Saturday. First pitch is set against the Dons is set for 1:00 p.mm at Benedetti Diamond.