Brightwell, Johnson Lead Waves To 9-2 Win Over Santa Clara Monday Afternoon
March 22, 2004
Senior left fielder Cory Brightwell collected a career-high tying four hits and sophomore right hander James Johnson allowed just one run over five innings to lead Pepperdine to a 9-2 victory over Santa Clara in the rubber game of a three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) series Monday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The win improved Pepperdine to 8-13 on the season and 2-1 in WCC play, while Santa Clara fell to 12-13 on the year and 1-2 in conference action.
The Waves hammered out 15 hits in the contest and scored in five of the first six innings as five of the nine starters had at least two hits in the game.
Pepperdine wasted little time jumping on Santa Clara starter John Redmond (3-1) as they scored a pair of runs in the first inning. Sophomore second baseman David Uribes opened the inning with a single to right center field and junior designated hitter Steve Kleen followed with a base hit up the middle.
Junior shortstop Patrick Rooney advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt and with two outs, freshman catcher Chad Tracy singled to center to give the Waves a 2-0 lead.
After the Broncos cut the lead in half with a run in the second inning, Pepperdine responded with an unearned run in the third inning and scored three more times in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead on a towering three-run home run to left field off the bat of Rooney.
The Waves added two more runs in the fifth inning on a two-run double by Uribes that extended their lead to 8-1.
That proved to more than enough run support for Johnson (1-0), who earned his first win of the season after pitching five innings, allowing five hits, one run, walking one and striking out one. Johnson received three innings of relief help from senior Brandon Boesch and Kleen pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the game.
Pepperdine's final run came in the sixth inning on Tracy's team-leading fifth home run of the season. Tracy finished the contest with three hits, three RBI and two runs scored, while Uribes, Rooney and sophomore third baseman Nick Kliebert had two hits apiece. Rooney also had three RBI.
The Waves are next in action on Wednesday when they travel to Orange Country to visit Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field beginning at 6 p.m.