Feb. 22, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – Utah Valley University dropped its second straight game at Pepperdine, 9-2, after a five-run eighth inning allowed the Waves (5-1) to pull away late.
The Wolverines (2-5) trailed 2-0 in the third when Jackson Kunz and Kade Andrus led off with consecutive singles. They both moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Riley White before Zach Slesk then doubled into the corner in left, tying the game at 2-2.
Pepperdine, as it did in the first two innings, scored single runs in both the third and the fourth. The Waves took a 3-2 lead in the third when Brad Anderson scored on a wild pitch. Anderson drove home the fourth run with a two-out base hit to bring in Austin Davidson and inning later.
The Wolverines threatened in the seventh, with runners at the corners and two outs, but couldn’t trim the deficit, before Pepperdine put the game out of reach with the five-run eighth inning.
Andrus had two hits to lead the way for UVU with seven different players each collecting two hits apiece for the Waves.
Danny Beddes (0-1) took the loss for Utah Valley, surrendering four runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings. Jackson McClelland (2-0) allowed two runs on six hits and struck out three in picking up the win for Pepperdine.
The Wolverines will try and salvage a game in the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT. Ryan Evans will start on the mound for UVU.