Waves Blank USF 5-0 to Take One-Game Lead in WCC West Division
May 20, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - Junior left-hander Paul Coleman tossed a complete-game six-hit shutout and sophomore catcher Chad Tracy went 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead Pepperdine to a 5-0 victory over visiting San Francisco in the opener of a three-game series Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The victory gave the Waves (35-19, 20-8) a one-game lead over the Dons (37-17, 19-9) in the West Coast Conference's (WCC) West Division with two games remaining. Pepperdine can clinch its seventh consecutive division title and WCC Championship Series berth with a win over San Francisco on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
Coleman (9-1) came up big in the most important game of the season for the Waves as he allowed six hits, walked one and struck out six in pitching his second complete game of the year.
The junior left-hander also tied the best 10-game mark for a Pepperdine pitcher as he equaled the 10-1 start of Steve Duda in 1990. His complete-game shutout also was the first by a Pepperdine pitcher since 2003 when Brandon Boesch blanked Gonzaga.
Friday's contest was a match-up of the WCC's top two pitchers as San Francisco starter Nick Pereira entered the game with a 10-2 record and 1.98 ERA.
Pepperdine touched Pereira for a run in the first inning as David Uribes led off with a single through the left side, stole second and scored on a two-out single to left field by Steve Kleen.
The Waves went ahead 2-0 in the third on a mammoth home run to left field by Tracy and increased their lead to 4-0 on two-out, two-run single by the sophomore catcher in the fourth. Danny Worth hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to drive in the final run of the game.
Pepperdine totaled 11 hits off Pereira, who went 6.0 innings, allowed five runs (four earned), walked two and struck out four.