Humphries' Extra-Inning Hit Gives Waves Series Sweep
MORAGA, Calif. - Sophomore centerfielder Brian Humphries' (El Cajon, Calif./Granite Hills HS) two-run, one-out double in the 11th inning held up as the game-winning hit in Pepperdine's 5-4 victory over Saint Mary's College on Mother's Day afternoon at Louis Guisto Field.
Sunday's victory was Pepperdine's third of the weekend, fourth of the week and lifted its overall record to 17-24 and 6-6 against the West Coast Conference. The loss dropped the Gaels' marks to 15-25 and 6-9 within the league.
Pepperdine, which has swept Saint Mary's the last two seasons, is now 122-24 all-time against their in-state rivals.
Humphries' go-ahead base knock came with runners on second and third and the score tied at 3-3. Redshirt sophomore Miles Silverstein (Bell Canyon, Calif./Calabasas HS) reached base on the third baseman's fielding error, and then freshman Zachary Vincej (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS) was hit by a pitch. Both Waves advanced on a wild pitch, making it easy for both to score on Humphries' double down the left-field line.
Humphries finished the game with four hits, matching his career high from a game last March against Chicago State.
Vincej's insurance run proved to be the game-winner, since in the bottom half of that inning SMC's Chris Murphy would cut Pepperdine's lead to one at 5-4 on a two-out, solo home run to right off reliever and winning pitcher Ricky Villarreal (Edinburg, Texas/Edinburg HS).
The win was the first of the redshirt sophomore's collegiate career as well as the first by the Waves' bullpen this season.
Villarreal pitched the final two innings, relieving senior Robert Dickmann (Woodland Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS) who became the third consecutive Waves' starting pitcher to pitch at least nine innings. Junior Matt Bywater (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS) and redshirt sophomore Cole Cook (Los Angeles, Calif./Palisades Charter) delivered complete-game nine-inning victories on Friday and Saturday afternoon, respectively.
The weekend rotation of Bywater, Cook and Dickmann is believed to be the only one in program history to have combined for 27.0 innings of work over a three-game series. This same trio totaled 26.0 innings against then No. 13 East Carolina and 26.2 frames vs. Stony Brook earlier this season.
Prior to this year, the Waves last received 26.0 innings from their weekend starters during a three-game sweep of Portland in April of 2000. Jay Adams and Dan Haren pitched complete games through both ends of a doubleheader and Eric Valenzuela went eight innings the following day.
Dickmann pitched almost exclusively from the stretch through the first six innings as nine Gaels reached base, but he kept the home team off the scoreboard by inducing several critical ground outs, including a 4-6-3 double play that squashed a threat in the sixth.
Dickmann's luck, however, ran out in the following frame when Troy Channing hit a two-out, three-run home run that barely cleared the wall in left field, but nonetheless tied the game at 3-3. Dickmann responded by retiring the last seven batters he faced but his teammates could not score in time to earn him the victory.
After being held hitless by SMC starter Martin Agosta over the first four innings, the Waves' broke the scoreless tie in the fifth when Silverstein singled home senior Ryan Heroy (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley HS), who would later double in Humphries the next inning with his shot to the right-center gap.
Pepperdine made it a 3-0 game when junior Floyd Given (Rohnert Park, Calif./Rancho Cotate HS) scored from third on an error by the Gaels' center fielder.
The Waves finished the game with nine hits, one of which was off the bat of freshman second baseman Joe Sever (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Preparatory) who extended his team-best hitting streak to a ninth game. Sever leads his club with a .305 batting average and has raised his batting average more than 30 points since the start of his streak.
As a team, Pepperdine batted .339 at Saint Mary's this weekend and outscored the Gaels, 24-5. The Waves also produced 14 extra-base hits, stole three bases and their pitchers posted a 1.55 earned-run average.
Pepperdine is off Monday but will begin a stretch of five games in six days starting with Tuesday's 3 p.m. home game vs. UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos topped the Waves 15-10 earlier this season.
Pepperdine 5, Saint Mary's (CA) 4 (May 09, 2010 at Moraga, CA)