March 19, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine edged #23 Coastal Carolina, 2-1, in game one and scored four runs in the first inning en route to a 7-1 decision in game two in a Saturday doubleheader at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The sweep marks the first time since Mar. 27, 2009 at Hawai'i Coastal Carolina was swept in a double header and the first first Coastal was swept in a three-game series since 2004, dropping three at Miami (Fla.) April 30-May 2.
In game one of a Saturday doubleheader, Coastal Carolina dropped a second consecutive 2-1 decision to Pepperdine.
Coastal got on the scoreboard first. Daniel Bowman led off with a double to center. Zach Lopes laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Bowman to third and John Fidanza plated Bowman with an RBI ground out to second.
Pepperdine scored two in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 2-1, which proved to be the final outcome. Joe Sever broke up Birmingham's no-hitter with a lead off double down the right field line. Brian Humphries followed with a bunt single, putting runners on the corners. Sever knotted the game at 1-1, scoring on a wild pitch. Humphries, who moved to second on the wild pitch, stole third and scored on the play thanks to a throwing error.
Birmingham (2-2) was the tough-luck loser. He allowed just two hits, two runs (one earned) and three walks while striking out six in 5.2 innings. Bowman had two hits for the Chants.
Wave starter Matt Maurer (3-1) earned the win, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out eight, Ricky Villarreal retired both batter he faced in the ninth to record his third save of the season.
In game two, Pepperdine got started early, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. Lead off hitter Harrison Kain was hit by a pitch and he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Chris Amezquita walked and he and Kain successfully pulled off a double steal. Trent Diedrich and Joe Sever each delivered RBI singles and, after Humphries reached on a bunt single to load the bases, Ryan Van Amburg drove in the third run of the inning with an RBI single through the left side of the infield. With the bases still loaded, Torrey Jacoby walked to bring home Sever and chase CCU starter Stefan del Pino. Ryan Connolly came out of the bullpen to record two outs and limit the damage.
Pepperdine got that run back in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. Humphries reached on a two-out bunt single and moved to third on a throwing error on a pick-off attempt at first. Van Amburg found a hole in the right side of the infield for the RBI. The Waves extended their advantage to 6-1 with a run in the sixth. Zach Vincej led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Miles Silverstein's RBI ground out to short stop. Pepperdine took advantage of a passed ball on what would have been the third out in the eighth to add another run and make the score 7-1. Silversteen was hit by a pitch and Amezquita reached on the passed ball after striking out, what would have been the third out. Diedrich made Coastal pay with an RBI single.
Redshirt freshman Stefan del Pino (3-10 suffered the loss, allowing four hits and four runs in 0.1 of an inning. Aaron Gates improved to 1-3 for the Waves, scattering six hits over 8.0 innings and striking out five.
The Chants will stay on the road, playing at The Citadel this Wednesday (Mar. 23) with first pitch set for 6 pm at Jospeh P. Riley Stadium in Charleston. Coastal will wrap its road swing with a three-game set at UNC Asheville (Mar. 25-27) before returning to the Grand Strand to host 2010 American League Champions Texas Rangers Mar. 29 at BB&T Coastal Field.