March 18, 2009
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine scored three times in the first inning and the Waves defeated visiting Washington State 5-2 in nonconference baseball at Eddy D. Field Stadium, Wednesday.
With the victory, the 17th-ranked Waves (13-5) swept the two-game series. Scott Alexander (2-2) gave up one run on two hits and struck out nine in six innings to earn the victory.
"We didn't get a great start on the mound today, but our bullpen did a great job keeping us in the game," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "Our bats came up short again against a quality opponent."
The Cougars (5-11) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when senior Alex Burg was hit by a pitch with one out, moved to second on a two-out walk to senior Greg Lagreid and scored on a RBI-double by senior Jared Prince.
Pepperdine answered with three runs in its half of the first off Cougar sophomore starter Paris Shewey (1-1) on a sacrifice fly, run-scoring double and wild pitch.
The Waves added a run in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead, then WSU mounted a rally in the seventh. The Cougars loaded the bases with one out and Burg was hit by a pitch to force in a run and cut the Pepperdine lead to 4-2. However, freshman Derek Jones flied out and Lagreid struck out to end the inning.
David Harris delivered a pinch-hit home run in the eighth to make it 5-2. The Cougars were able to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Jones bounced into a force out to end the game.
WSU returns home to face South Dakota State in a three-game series that begins at 5:30 p.m., Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field.