April 30, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine scored three runs in the first inning and held on for the 5-3 win in game two of the West Coast Conference series with LMU Saturday in Malibu. The Lions (18-24, 8-11 WCC) loaded the bases in the eighth, but could not push the runs across, as the series evened at one game apiece to set up the Sunday rubber match.
Pepperdine (27-15, 13-6 WCC) opened the game much like the Lions started game one Friday, scoring three runs to get an early 3-0 lead. The Waves' runs came on four hits, as Chad Tracy, Luke Salas, and Danny Worth each had an RBI-hit.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Waves added two runs on three doubles to make it 5-0.
But the Lions responded in the top of the sixth. Though they had only registered one hit off of Pepperdine starter Paul Coleman through the first five innings, LMU tallied four in the sixth to score three runs.
Chris Pettit started things with a double that drove in Joe Frazee, who had walked. Designated hitter Evan Shahak's single then scored Pettit. Kyle Mura's single to right brought in the third run of the inning for the Lions when it plated Shahak to bring the Lions within two.
LMU threatened to take the lead in the top of the eighth when Mura's bases-loaded shot ran Pepperdine left fielder Salas all the way back to the fence before his diving snag prevented the Lion grand slam.
Coleman remained undefeated, improving to 7-0 on the season after allowing three runs in seven innings of work.
Kahn falls to 2-5 after his seven innings. Frazee led the Lions at the plate again today, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Waves and Lions will wrap-up the three-game series with the deciding game tomorrow in Malibu. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.