Waves Capture WCC West Division With 4-2 Win Over San Francisco Sunday Afternoon
May 22, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - Freshman right hander Barry Enright pitched five solid innings and Pepperdine received four scoreless innings of relief from Bryan Minkel, Doug Konoske and Steve Kleen to help the Waves to a 4-2 victory over San Francisco and the West Coast Conference's WCC) West Division title Sunday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
In marked the seventh consecutive division title for Pepperdine (36-20, 21-9) and set up a re-match of last year's WCC Championship Series against Loyola Marymount (30-25, 18-12). The Lions swept a four-game series from Gonzaga over the weekend to capture the Coast Division.
Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount will renew their storied rivalry on Friday when the two teams open the WCC Championship Series at Page Stadium beginning at 3 p.m. The series will continue with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday and, if necessary, conclude at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Waves did all their scoring in the first three innings against San Francisco left-hander Scott Cousins (8-5).
After the Dons (38-18, 20-9) tallied a run in the first inning, Pepperdine tied the score in the bottom half of the first on a two-out home run by sophomore catcher Chad Tracy.
The Waves went ahead 2-0 in the second when freshman shortstop Danny Worth hit a leadoff single, advanced to third on failed pickoff attempt at first base and scored on a ground ball out to second base.
Pepperdine concluded its scoring in the third, taking advantage of a hit batsman, walk, dropped fly ball that scored a run and a single by designated hitter Nick Kliebert that made the score 4-1.
The Waves then had to stave off late-inning threats by San Francisco, which put the leadoff batter aboard in each of the last four innings.
The Dons' best opportunity to tie the game came in the sixth when they opened the inning with back-to-back singles off Enright (9-1). The two hits ended the day for the rookie right hander, who was replaced by junior left-hander Bryan Minkel.
Minkel faced one batter and allowed a bunt single to Cousins that loaded the bases.
He was then replaced by freshman right hander Doug Konoske, who worked his way out of the jam, allowing just one run as he surrendered a sacrifice fly and a ground ball single before getting a foul ball popup and a popup to short.
Konoske allowed two singles and walked a batter in the seventh but worked his way out of that jam as he struck out a batter, got a lineout and had a runner thrown out attempting to steal.
Kleen worked the final two innings and overcame a pair of leadoff walks to earn his 13th save of the year.
In his five innings of work, Enright scattered eight hits, allowed two runs, did not walk a batter and struck out one.
NOTES: Sunday's game marked the final home contest for 10 Pepperdine seniors. Ryan Beglin, Nelson Caraballo, Bobby Hobbs, Steve Kleen, Taylor Klosowski, Kea Kometani, Joey Parker, Peter Phillips, Patrick Rooney and David Smart are concluding their collegiate careers this season...Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount will be meeting in the WCC Championships Series for the fourth time in the seven years of its existence...All four meetings have been at Loyola Marymount and the Lions have won two of the previous three...The Waves will be looking to win back-to-back WCC titles for the first time since winning three straight between 1991-93.