Luke Salas Homers, Collects Three Hits To Lead Waves To 7-4 Win Over Cal State Northridge On Friday
Feb. 27, 2004
Freshman Luke Salas went three-for-four, including hitting his first career home run, scored twice and knocked in a pair of runs to lead Pepperdine to a 7-4 victory over Cal State Northridge Friday afternoon during the second day of the Battle At The Beach Tournament at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The win ended the Waves' three-game losing skid and improved their record to 3-6 on the season. The loss dropped Cal State Northridge to 5-10 on the year. The tournament continues on Saturday with the Matadors facing Brigham Young at 10 a.m. and Pepperdine and Nevada to follow at 2 p.m.
Nevada registered a 13-0 victory over BYU earlier in the day in a game that ended after seven innings due to the 10-run rule invoked for the tournament.
Pepperdine sophomore left-hander Paul Coleman pitched 3.2 innings of relief to earn his first win of the season. Coleman allowed three hits, one run, walked one and struck out three. Junior Steve Kleen worked the final 1.1 innings to earn his second save of the year.
Cal State Northridge scored a pair of runs off Waves' starter James Johnson in the first inning and Pepperdine cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning on Salas' home run over the left field fence.
The Matodors took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning and the Waves responded with three of their own in the bottom half of the frame to take a 4-3 lead. Freshman right fielder Mike Craig led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice by junior third baseman Brent Haapanen and moved to third on a base hit by sophomore left fielder Taylor Klosowski.
Sophomore second baseman David Uribes and Salas followed with back-to-back RBI singles to tie the score 3-3. A walk to junior shortstop Patrick Rooney and a fielder's choice of the bat of senior Brent Lewis plated Uribes to give the Waves a 4-3 lead.
Cal State Nothridge right fielder John Voita homered with one out in the fifth to tie the score at 4-4.
Pepperdine scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to take a 7-4 lead. Ronney produced RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings and Craig drove home a run with a single in the seventh.
In Nevada's win over Brigham Young, the Wolf Pack scored nine runs with two out in the second inning to blow the game open. The big hits in the inning were a three-run home run by shortstop Robert Marcial and a grand slam by catcher Brett Hayes.