Pepperdine Defeats LMU 4-3 On Saturday To Even Series At A Game Apiece
May 1, 2004
Senior first baseman Brent Lewis hit a first-inning three-run home run and junior right hander Kea Kometani worked 7.2 solid innings to help Pepperdine register a 4-3 victory over Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at George Page Stadium and even the West Coast Conference (WCC) series at a game apiece.
The two teams will conclude their three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. with possible homefield advantage for the WCC Championship Series at stake. Both the Waves (20-23, 14-6) and Lions (26-20-1, 16-7) lead their respective divisions and Sunday's winner will host the best-of-three series should both teams win their divisions.
The WCC Championship Series is scheduled for May 28-30 with the winner earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.
The Waves scored in the first inning against senior right hander William Quaglieri. Sophomore second baseman David Uribes opened the game with an infield single and freshman center fielder Luke Salas followed with a walk. One out later, Lewis hit the first pitch he saw over the left-center field fence to give Pepperdine a 3-0 lead.
Junior designated hitter Steve Kleen increased the Waves' advantage to 4-0 with a sacrifice fly in the second inning that scored senior right fielder Cory Brightwell, who led off the inning with a single.
Kometani (5-6) made the earlier lead hold up as he held Loyola Marymount scoreless until the sixth inning when the Lions finally broke through for a pair of runs to cut the lead in half at 4-2.
Three consecutive hits to open the frame plated one run and one out later Joe Frazee singled off Kometani's leg. The ball ricocheted into right field allowing James Cooper to score from second base.
LMU added a run in the eighth inning to make it a 4-3 game on a two-out RBI double by second baseman Clint McGill, ending Kometani's day.
Kometani worked 7.2 innings, allowed nine hits, three runs, walked one and struck out four.
Kleen came in and recorded the final four outs to pick up his seventh save of the season. The Lions put the potential tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth inning before Kleen retired Pepperdine nemesis Billy Lockin to end the game.
Pepperdine had scoring chances in the third, fourth and sixth innings as the Waves put the first two runners on base in each inning but were unable to break the game open against Quaglieri (3-6).
Uribes, Salas and Rooney each had two hits apiece to lead Pepperdine's 10-hit attack.