March 18, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, Zach Vincej laid down a perfect bunt single down the third base line as Pepperdine (7-10) upset #23 Coastal Carolina (13-6), 2-1, Friday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The top of the 11th began with Brian Humphries dumping a single just over CCU first baseman Keith Hartwick's head. Joe Sever came on to sacrifice, but a throwing error to second allowed him to reach safely on the fielder's choice. Trent Diedrich then put runners on second and third with a sac bunt. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Vincej came through with the game winner.
In the top of the 11th, Coastal had its chance to score. With two outs, Taylor Motter walked, Rich Witten reached on an error and Daniel Bowman was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Pepperdine's Eric Karch (2-2) got an inning-ending ground out to escape unscathed.
Both team had numerous chances throughout with Coastal leaving 10 men on base and the Waves leaving nine.
Niether team scored until the bottom of the eighth. With one out , Pepperdine's Nate Johnson walked and was replaced at first by pinch runner Tyler Brubaker. Chris Amezquita followed with a double. On the play, Brubaker was thrown out at home thanks to a perfect relay from Jacob May to Motter to Witten. On the play, Amezquita took third. With two outs, Keith Hessler came out of the bullpen and looked to get out of the jam, but an error on a ground ball allowed the first run of the game to score.
Coastal tied the game in the top of the ninth. Tommy La Stella drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on Hayes Orton's sacrifice bunt. Motter followed with a sharp single to center, putting runners on the corners. Witten tied the game, plating La Stella, with a sacrifice fly to left field.
In the bottom of the 10th, Pepperdine nearly ended the game with a two-out, full-count home run. Ryan Van Amburg ripped a Ryan Connolly offering down the left field line, but it hooked foul. On the next pitch, Van Amburg popped out to end the inning.
Matt Laney (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing one hit and one unearned run. Starter Anthony Meo did not factor in the decision, pitching a season-high 7.2 innings. He scattered seven hits and allowed one unearned run with four walks and five strike outs.
Due to predicted rain on Sunday, Coastal and Pepperdine will play a doubleheader on Saturday with first pitch set for 11 am (PT).