April 11, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Inclement weather has caused the postponement of Sunday's West Coast Conference baseball game between Santa Clara University and Pepperdine University. The game, the third of a three-game series at SCU's Stephen Schott Stadium, is scheduled to be played tomorrow, Monday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. Pre-purchased tickets for Sunday's game will be honored on Monday.
Alex Rivers Blanks Pepperdine, SCU Wins 3-0
Bronco senior righty `special' in three-hit shutout
April 10, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Alex Rivers kept Pepperdine off balance all night, relying on his slider and curveball to rack up nine strikeouts and give Santa Clara a 3-0 shutout victory Saturday at Stephen Schott Stadium.
"I thought I had really good command of my pitches tonight," said Rivers who faced just five over the minimum. "I didn't try to ease up, I went out there and let it rip. It's not everyday you throw a complete game shutout, I'm pretty amped up right now."
Rivers (3-4) did the rest, retiring 10 straight at one point to keep the Waves off the scoreboard through the middle innings. Pepperdine (11-16; 1-1 WCC) would generate next to nothing against Rivers, who allowed three hits, issued a pair of walks and hit two batters.
Shortstop Evan Peters made a terrific diving play in support of Rivers in the seventh and if not for a misplayed fly ball in the first inning, Rivers would have taken a no-hitter into the sixth.
"What Alex did tonight was special," said Santa Clara head coach Mark O'Brien. "He competed and stayed focused. He was pitch-efficient. He gave us a huge boost tonight."
Santa Clara (14-15; 1-4 WCC) avoided losing its fifth-straight to start West Coast Conference play.
Wave starter Cole Cook (1-4) - a preseason All-WCC pick by the league's coaches - turned in another quality start but continues to be plagued by limited run support.
Cook surrendered two runs on five hits through seven innings before allowing an RBI-single to Wagner in the eighth. The run was timely insurance for Rivers, stretching a two-run lead to three.
Wagner finished the night 2-for-4, marking his 13th multi-hit game of 2010. Wagner entered the weekend as the WCC's top hitter with a .415 average.
The three-game set concludes Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
GAME NOTES: UT Tommy Medica's (.395 BA) hitting streak came to an end at 21 games - the second longest streak in the NCAA this season... The game lasted 2 hours and 29 minutes, SCU's shortest game of the season... DH Ryan Rieger (.250 BA) went 2-for-4 in his first start since March 26... The complete game shutout was the second of the year for Rivers, who held San Jose State scoreless on March 6... Pepperdine and Santa Clara have traded shutouts - Wave lefty Matt Bywater threw a four-hit gem in last night's opener... Pepperdine drops to 2-11 on the road.
Waves' Ace Too Much for Broncos Friday Night
Santa Clara drops series-opener to Pepperdine 8-0
April 9, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Pepperdine ace Matt Bywater retired the final 13 Santa Clara batters in order en route to a complete-game shutout victory in the Waves' series-opening win over Santa Clara Friday night, 8-0.
Locked in a pitcher's duel with Santa Clara's Nate Garcia, Bywater watched teammate Ryan Heroy belt a three-run homer in the ninth - part of a six-run inning against the SCU relief corps which changed the game and assured Pepperdine (11-15; 1-0 WCC) of the win.
Santa Clara (13-15; 0-4 WCC) has lost four-straight. Garcia was impressive, matching a career-high with 13 strikeouts. The senior from San Jose raised his career strikeout total to 309, becoming just the fifth pitcher in school history reach the 300 K milestone.
"If there is a guy you want in your program its Nate Garcia," said Santa Clara head coach Mark O'Brien after the game Friday night. "I have the utmost respect for him. He has been successful at this level and I know he will be successful at the next level."
Garcia (2-6) struck out the side in the fifth and got out of a jam in the eighth by blowing a fastball past Zachary Vincej. Garcia gave the Broncos a chance to win, allowing just two runs but Bywater was untouchable in the game's later stages.
Bywater (3-3) allowed just four hits and fanned 10. Both Heroy and Floyd Given finished the night with three hits.
Given's solo homerun - an opposite-field drive to left centerfield - initiated the scoring in the third inning. The Waves would add another run in the fourth on an RBI single by Vincej.
Trailing 2-0, Santa Clara loaded the bases against Bywater in the fifth but an inning-ending double play ended the threat. It would be the last real scoring opportunity for SCU.
"We had our chances," added O'Brien. "(Bywater) won more battles tonight. I tip my cap to him he is a good pitcher. We need to walk in here tomorrow with a short memory."
GAME NOTES: Tommy Medica wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 21 games by ripping the first pitch he saw from Bywater in the first inning into centerfield... Santa Clara's high-powered offense has been held to 10 runs through the first four WCC games... Six of Pepperdine's 17 hits were infield singles.