Coleman, Salas Lead Pepperdine To 5-2 Win Over No. 1 Tulane On Saturday
Feb. 26, 2005
Junior left-hander Paul Coleman pitched a career-high 7.1 innings and sophomore left fielder Luke Salas had a three-run double to help Pepperdine defeat No. 1-ranked Tulane 5-3 Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The Waves (6-5) win evened the series at a game apiece and gave Tulane (8-1) its first loss of the season. The two teams play the rubber game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Making his third career start, Coleman (2-0) allowed just three hits two runs, walked four and struck out three while throwing 105 pitches. The junior left-hander held the Green Wave scoreless until the eighth inning.
Pepperdine did all its scoring in the second inning as it sent eight batters to the plate against Tulane right hander Micah Owings.
Senior Steve Kleen singled through the right side to open the inning. One out later, Nick Kliebert singled on a hit-and-run and advanced to second on the throw to third. Taylor Klosowski followed and placed a perfect bunt to the right of the pitcher's mound that he beat out for an RBI single.
Patrick Rooney produced the third straight hit with a single down the left field line that plated Kliebert and gave Pepperdine a 2-0 lead. Freshman center fielder Adrian Ortiz bunted for a single that loaded the bases and Salas produced the big blow inning, doubling to right-center field to drive in three runs to increase the Waves lead to 5-0.
That proved to be more than enough runs for Coleman who was in control throughout the game. After allowing a second-inning single, Coleman held Tulane hitless until surrendering a two-out single in the seventh.
Prior to the eighth inning, the only difficulty Coleman found himself in came in the fifth inning when he walked the bases loaded. He worked himself out of the jam by striking out pinch-hitter Mark Hamilton to end the inning.
The Green Wave loaded the bases against Coleman with one out in the eighth. Kleen relieved Coleman and, after allowing a run-scoring single and a sacrifice fly, prevented further damage by striking out Owens to end the inning and register his second save of the season.