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Waves Baseball Beat San Diego to Claim 18th Regular-Season WCC Title
Pepperdine’s baseball team celebrated their 18th regular-season West Coast Conference title win last weekend when they beat San Diego May 27 in a home game at Eddy D. Field Stadium, Malibu. The Waves jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and didn't look back, riding a seven shutout-inning performance from starter Corey Miller to cruise to the series-deciding win.
The Waves (34-21, 16-8 WCC) started hot, as leadoff hitter Zach Vincej was hit by a pitch and stole second. Austin Davidson put down a sac bunt that advanced him to third, and an overthrow enabled Davidson to reach base and Vincej to score. After a wild pitch advanced Davidson to second, Joe Sever plated him with an RBI double down the left field line to put the Waves up 2-0. After Sever advanced to third on a balk, Tony Cooper drove Sever in with a sac fly to put the Waves up 3-0 after one.
That was more than enough for Miller, who commanded the zone and worked ahead of hitters all day, going seven scoreless and scattering three hits to pick up his eighth win of the season. Miller racked up seven strikeouts against only a pair of walks.
The Toreros' (40-15, 15-9 WCC) pitching settled down after the first, holding the Waves scoreless until the sixth, when Matt Forgatch worked a leadoff walk. He advanced to second when the Toreros again made an errant throw on a sac bunt, this time off the bat of Miles Silverstein. With runners at the corners, Matt Gelalich dropped a sac bunt up the first base line on the safety squeeze that brought in Forgatch but also reached on an error. After a single from Vincej loaded the bases, Davidson hit a flare into left that dropped in behind third base to drive in Silverstein and give the Waves a 5-0 lead.
Sophomore righty Eric Karch entered the game in the top of the eighth and picked up right where Miller left off. Karch tossed a scoreless eighth and gave up a single run in the ninth but inducing the game-ending groundout to Vincej to secure the 5-1 win and the 18th regular-season WCC title in school history.
The Waves will travel to the NCAA regional at Palo Alto, Calif. as the No. 2 seed and will play their first game Friday, June 1 against No. 3-seeded Michigan State.
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