Pepperdine 5, UW 3

SEATTLE - Ryan Wilson won for the third time in as many decisions and Pepperdine scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and beat Washington 5-3 in the finale of a three game non-conference series at Husky Ballpark on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

1,049 fans saw the Waves (8-8) avert a three game sweep and snap a five game winning streak for the Huskies (11-5).

Spencer Jones (1-2), the third Husky pitcher, struck out Ben Rodriguez and Aaron Barnett swinging for the first two outs in the eighth, but then Brandon Caruso grounded a single to left and Jeremy Goldenetz followed with a ground single to right.

Troy Rallings came into relieve Jones, and with a 2-2 count on the next batter, Brad Anderson, uncorked a wild pitch that would prove costly as the runners moved up a base. One pitch later, Anderson reached on an infield single, scoring Caruso with the go-ahead run and a 4-3 Pepperdine lead.

Nick Costello made it 5-3 with a line single to center to score Goldenetz.

For the Waves, Wilson (3-0) went seven and a third innings to pick up the win, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out two. Chandler Blanchard retired the Huskies in order in the ninth, two by strikeout, to notch his third save of the season.

After Tyler Davis and Noah Bremer limited them to one run in the first two games of the series, the Waves wasted no time doubling their output for the series with one swing of the bat in the top of the first inning. Leadoff batter Chris Fornaci drove a 2-1 pitch from Husky starter Joshua Fredendall just over the bullpen wall in left field for both his first home run of the season and the first allowed by Fredendall.

The Huskies came back in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1 when Josh Cushing got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home Matt Jackson. The home team had a chance to add more but Chris Baker flied out to right to end the inning.

In the top of the third Pepperdine regained the lead at 2-1 when Costello, who led off the inning with a single, scored on a bases loaded groundout by Rodriguez.

The Huskies made it 2-all in the bottom of the fifth when Jackson singled sharply to left, advanced two bases on an errant pickoff attempt by Wilson and scored on a groundout to second by Jack Meggs.

In the bottom of the sixth, Washington took a 3-2 lead when Branden Berry led off with a single and took second on a sacrifice by Alex Schmidt, just beating the throw by catcher Barnett. Schmidt reached safely on the play and both runners advanced on a sacrifice by Josh Cushing. After the Waves walked Baker intentionally to load the bases and set up a force at any base, Joey Morgan plated Berry with a sacrifice fly to center.

Pepperdine came right back in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 3 when Manny Jefferson took Brandon Choate deep over the wall in left on a one strike pitch for his second homer of the season.

Following a day off on Monday, the Huskies host Seattle U in a single game on Tuesday, March 10 at 5 p.m. They then begin Pac-12 play with a visit to UCLA for a three game series March 13-15.


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