No. 7 Cal State Fullerton Defeats No. 12 Pepperdine, 5-0, Tuesday Afternoon
Feb. 28, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Senior left fielder Danny Dorn went 4-for-4 with a two-run double and six Cal State Fullerton pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout to help the seventh-ranked Titans defeat No. 12 Pepperdine 5-0 Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The loss dropped the Waves to 8-7 on the season while Cal State Fullerton won its fourth consecutive game to improve to 9-4 on the year.
The two teams were locked in a scoreless tie until the fifth inning when the Titans scored two runs off Pepperdine starter James Johnson (0-1).
Center fielder Brandon Tripp opened the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single to left-center field by catcher Cory Vanderhook. Tripp scored the game's first run when Johnson's pick-off attempt of Vanderhook got away from Waves' first baseman Matt Aidem, allowing Tripp to give the Titans a 1-0 lead.
Cal State Fullerton made it 2-0 on a two-out triple to left center by shortstop Blake Davis that scored Vanderhook.
Pepperdine, which put runners on base in each of the first five innings, had its best scoring opportunity in the bottom half of the fifth when it put runners on first and third with one out against Titans reliever Justin Klipp.
Senior second baseman David Uribes opened the inning with a single through the left side, stole second and went to third on a single to right field by junior catcher Chad Tracy.
However, the Waves were unable to advance the runners as Klipp struck out Donald Brown for the second out and shortstop Danny Worth was robbed of a run-scoring single by Cal State Fullerton first baseman Brett Pill, who made a diving stop to his left to snare the hard hit ball and beat Worth to the bag for the final out of the inning.
That proved to be Pepperdine's last threat of the game as Cal State Fullerton relievers Klipp, Jeff Soulages, Ryan Paul and Vinnie Pestano retired the final 14 Waves batters.
Cal State Fullerton added to its lead in the eighth inning scoring three times against sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez and senior left-hander Bryan Minkel. The big hit in the inning was a two-run double by Dorn.
Tracy led the Waves with three hits while Worth extended his hitting streak to a team-high five games.
Pepperdine is next in action on Friday when it opens a three-game series against San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium beginning at 6 p.m.