Fresno State Rallies in Ninth Inning to Top No. 11 Pepperdine, 9-8
Feb. 11, 2006
Fresno, Calif. - Beau Mills doubled to left-center field to drive home Christian Vitters with the winning run as Fresno State rallied to top No. 11 Pepperdine 9-8 Saturday afternoon at Pete Beiden Field and even the three-game series at a game apiece.
The Bulldogs (3-5) scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to post the come-from-behind victory and snap the Waves' (3-2) two-game winning streak. The two teams will play the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m.
Vitters walked with one out in the ninth inning against Pepperdine reliever Robert Della Grotta (0-1) before Mills doubled to the left-center field gap to drive home Vitters and complete the comeback.
Brandon Burke (1-2) relieved Romero with two on and two out in the sixth inning and worked 3.1 hitless innings, walking two and striking out two.
Sophomore right hander Barry Enright started for the Waves and pitched four innings, allowed eight hits, six runs, walked one and struck out four. Enright was done in by the long ball as he surrendered a three-run home run to Bulldogs' left fielder Steve Susdorf in the second inning and allowed a two-run shot to shortstop Christian Vitters in the fourth that gave Fresno State a 5-4 lead.
Pepperdine had jumped out to a 4-0 lead after scoring three times in the first and adding a single run in the top of the second against Fresno State starter Eddie Romero.
The Bulldogs added a run in the fourth inning to take a 6-4 lead before the Waves came back to tie the score at 6-6 in the fifth inning. Fresno State tacked on a run in the bottom half of the inning before Pepperdine rallied to take an 8-7 lead with two runs in the sixth.
Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth doubled to drive home junior catcher Justin Tellam, who had walked, to tie the score and senior first baseman Nick Kliebert gave the Waves an 8-7 lead with an infield single that plated Worth, who had moved to third base on an infield out.
Kliebert tied a career-high with three hits, scored a run and had two RBI to pace Pepperdine.
Senior second baseman David Uribes had two hits and two RBI, while junior All-American Chad Tracy had a pair of hits, a run scored and RBI.
The Waves scored all eight of their runs against Romero, who pitched 5.2 innings, allowed 13 hits, six earned runs, walked three and struck out four.