Balanced Attack Gives Waves 12-5 Win Over UC Santa Barbara
May 13, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The No. 23 Pepperdine baseball team scored in seven of the eight innings it came up to bat on Tuesday, posting 13 hits in a 12-5 non-conference victory over UC Santa Barbara.
Each team scored a pair of runs in the opening inning and then was held scoreless in the second. After that the Waves took off, scoring in each following inning.
Chris Fornaci (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle HS) plated the go-ahead run in the third with an RBI-single. Pepperdine scored three more runs in the fourth thanks to RBI's from Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) and Bryan Langlois (Oak Park, Calif./Oak Park HS). Langlois had two hits and two runs driven in on the day after going deep in the first inning.
"It felt pretty good to hit one out into the ocean breeze in my last game here," said Langlois. "It's great to have momentum going at the end of the season. We're playing good baseball right now and hopefully we can take that and win two more games to get the conference title. That was our goal at the start of the year."
Aaron Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) would also go deep, hitting a two-run shot in the seventh inning to answer a three-run top of the seventh by UCSB. The Gauchos had cut it to a four-run game, but Brown's 10th homer of the season pushed the lead back to 11-5.
Six different players drove in runs on the day for the Waves and 18 different players saw action in the game. Brown, Langlois, Davidson and Manny Jefferson (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood HS) all posted two-RBI days. Four different players had multi-hit days in what was a balanced attack for the home team.
The Gauchos had nine hits to score their five runs. Cameron Newell hit a two-run single as part of UCSB's three-run seventh, leading the team with a two-RBI day. Robby Nesovic went 2-for-4 for the Gauchos.
Jackson McClelland (Beaumont, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) got the start and win for Pepperdine, moving to 7-3 on the year. He tossed 6.0 innings, giving up five hits and one earned run.
The victory concludes the Waves' non-conference and home schedules, moving the team to 35-14 on the year and 22-7 at home. UCSB falls to 29-16-1. Pepperdine now has six 35-win seasons since head coach Steve Rodriguez took over in 2004.
The Waves will head to Gonzaga this weekend to close out the regular season. Pepperdine needs either two wins or a win and an LMU loss to clinch the regular-season WCC title.