Waves Rally With Two Runs In Eighth Inning To Defeat San Francisco 3-2 On Saturday
April 3, 2004
Pepperdine rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and junior right hander Kea Kometani tossed the team's first complete-game of the season as the Waves registered a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over San Francisco in a West Coast Conference (WCC) game Saturday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The win improved Pepperdine 13-15 on the season and 7-1 in WCC play while the Dons suffered their fifth straight loss, falling to 13-17 on the year and 4-4 in conference action.
The come-from-behind victory by the Waves was their first of the season when trailing after seven innings as they were 0-12 on the year heading into the game.
Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, freshman left fielder Mike Craig drew a leadoff walk against San Francisco starter Derek Tate (3-4). Junior designated hitter Steve Kleen followed with a sacrifice bunt moving Craig to second base as the potential tying run.
Senior first baseman Brent Lewis then walked on four pitches, and after he was forced at second on a fielder's choice off the bat of freshman catcher Chad Tracy, junior shortstop Patrick Rooney doubled to right center field to score Craig with the tying run and advance Tracy to third.
Sophomore third baseman Nick Kliebert then singled into the hole at second base to plate Tracy with the eventual winning run. Rooney attempted to score from second base on the play but was thrown out at home to end the inning.
The one-run lead proved to be enough for Kometani (3-4) as he retired San Francisco in order in the ninth, striking out the last two batters of the game. Kometani set down the final nine batters he faced.
In nine innings of work, Kometani allowed eight hits, two runs, walked one and struck out three.
Pepperdine took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a home run by senior center fielder Cory Brightwell. The Waves held the lead until the fifth inning when San Francisco tied the game on an RBI single by Armand Gaerlan and took a 2-1 advantage in the sixth on a run-scoring single by first baseman Nick Cirbo.
Brightwell led the Waves with three hits while Cirbo and catcher Blake Nelson had two hits apiece for San Francisco.
Tate was a tough-luck loser in the game as he logged eight innings, surrendered eight hits, three runs, walked three and struck out four.
Pepperdine and San Francisco conclude their three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest at Eddy D. Field Stadium.