Waves Rally For Four Runs In Ninth Inning To Tie UC Santa Barbara 9-9
Feb. 5, 2005
Sophomore catcher Chad Tracy scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to cap a four-run inning and tie UC Santa Barbara 9-9 in a contest that was halted after nine innings due to darkness in the Waves' home-opener Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The game will be resumed in the top of the 10th at Caesar Useyaka Stadium on Sunday beginning at noon. Following the completion of Saturday's game, the two teams will conclude their three-game series with their regularly-scheduled game.
Pepperdine (1-0) rallied from deficits of five and our runs to force extra innings.
In a game where four freshmen made their collegiate debut for the Waves, it was the rookies who sparked Pepperdine's ninth-inning rally.
Freshmen Danny Worth and Donald Brown opened the inning with back-to-back pinch-hit singles off UC Santa Barbara reliever Loren Fraser. Both runners moved up a base on an infield out and scored on single over the out-stretched glove of Gauchos second baseman Chris Malec by junior shortstop David Uribes.
Nate Holguin came in to relieve Fraser and induced Tracy to hit a popup. However, UC Santa Barbara shortstop Chris Valaika dropped the ball near the line is short left field allowing Tracy to reach safely and Uribes to advance to third.
Sophomore left fielder Luke Salas then hit a popup into short right field that neither Malec nor right fielder Matt Wilkerson could glove. The ball fell in for a run-scoring single as Uribes scored and Tracy moved to third, bringing the Waves to within a run at 9-8.
Holguin then unleashed a wild pitch with pinch-hitter Taylor Klosowski at the plate, allowing Tracy to score easily from third as the ball caromed near the Pepperdine on-deck circle.
UC Santa Barbara (0-1) sent nine batters to the plate and scored five runs off Pepperdine freshman Barry Enright who was making his collegiate debut.
The Waves came right back in the bottom half of the inning against Gauchos starter Michael Martin. The first four Pepperdine batters reached base with the big blow being a three-run homer by senior first baseman Steve Kleen.
The Waves tied the score 5-5 on a sacrifice fly by Kleen in the fifth inning.
The game did not remain tied for long as UC Santa Barbara answered with two runs in the sixth against Waves freshman right hander Jason Dominguez, who making his collegiate debut on the mound.
The Gauchos added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to build a 9-5 lead.
Uribes and Luke Salas led the Waves' offense with three hits while Kleen had four RBI.
Pepperdine used five pitchers in the first nine innings, including three freshmen. In addition to Enright and Dominguez, rookie left-hander Drew Saberhagen made his college debut.