MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine scored in four of the first five innings Tuesday afternoon, avenging a 5-3 loss to Cal Poly last week with a 6-1 victory at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The Waves, who had lost 12 of their last 13 games, improved to 19-27 with the win while Cal Poly fell to 21-26.
The Mustang bats were held silent the rest of the way, however, as Pepperdine rallied for two runs in the bottom of the first and single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Jordan Qsar hit a two-run home run, his second of the year, in the first inning. A sacrifice fly by Matt Gelalich made it 3-1 in the third, Aaron Barnett's RBI double gave the Waves a 4-1 lead in the fourth and another run-scoring double, this one from Brandon Caruso in the fifth, gave Pepperdine its 5-1 lead.
Cal Poly had one last look at the game in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs, but a strikeout ended the threat.
Pepperdine scored its final run in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch.
Pepperdine's nine hits included two each by Barnett, Qsar and Caruso.
Waves starter Kiko Garcia allowed one run and two hits over four innings. The win went to Austin Gehle (1-0) as he pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings with two hits and a pair of walks. Benjamin Slattery secured the final out of the eighth inning and Christian Stoutland worked a scoreless ninth.
The loss went to Mustang starter Cam Schneider (2-3), who surrendered two runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings with no walks and two strikeouts. Kyle Smith, Craig Colen, Trent Shelton and Austin Dondanville (pictured at top of page) also pitched for Cal Poly.
Cal Poly's last nine games of the season will be against Big West opponents, starting Friday night with CSUN at 6 o'clock inside Baggett Stadium.
Photos courtesy of Jack Duffy