Kometani, Worth Lead Pepperdine To 7-5 Win Over No. 5 South Carolina On Friday
March 4, 2005
Minneapolis, MN - Senior Kea Kometani struck out a career-high 10 batters in 8.2 innings and freshman shortstop Danny Worth had a career-best four hits, including a pair of doubles, to help Pepperdine to a 7-5 victory over No. 5 South Carolina Friday afternoon in the opener of the Dairy Queen Classic at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Waves (7-7) totaled a season-high eight extra base hits, including a season-high tying three home runs, and eight of the nine starters had at least one hit as they handed the Gamecocks (10-1) their first loss of the season.
Kometani (2-2) faced the minimum through four innings and retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced. He was one out away from a complete game before the Gamecocks rallied for four runs (three unearned) in the ninth inning.
Senior Steve Kleen came on with the tying run at the plate and recorded the final out for his third save of the year.
Pepperdine, which put the leadoff batter on base in each of the first eight innings, took a 2-0 lead in the third against South Carolina starter Aaron Rawl (3-1).
Freshman Adrian Ortiz opened the inning with a triple to right-center field and scored on an infield out by Luke Salas. David Uribes scored the second run of the inning after doubling to right-center field, advancing to third on a passed and scoring on a sacrifice fly by Kleen.
The Waves increased their lead to 4-0 in the fifth when Salas singled through the left side and scored on Chad Tracy's home run to left field.
Pepperdine collected 10 hits and scored four runs against Rawl in five-plus innings.
After South Carolina broke through for a run against Kometani in the sixth, Uribes homered to left to open the seventh to give the Waves a 5-1 lead.
Senior third baseman Patrick Rooney capped scoring with a two-run eighth-inning homer to left-center to increase the Waves' lead to 7-1.
Pepperdine is back in action on Saturday when it meets New Orleans beginning at 10 a.m. (PST).