The tough-as-nails Waves await their post-game talk from head coach Rick Hirtensteiner (42).

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Red-hot Pepperdine Clinches Another Big Series

At The Ballpark

MALIBU, Calif — It’s hard to look past three-gamers like Florida-Vanderbilt, Auburn-Mississippi State and Oregon-Arizona State for high-quality, top conference showdowns for this weekend. But beyond that there were a number of off-the-radar college baseball matchups that had a lot at stake this weekend. One of those showdowns was the battle between preseason West Coast Conference favorites Gonzaga and Pepperdine.

If the season ended today they would both be sitting squarely in the field of 64 – well, if you look at the rankings, that is. Coming into the weekend, the Waves were ranked No. 19 in the latest RPI and the Zags were ranked at No. 43. And if you recall, GU also swept a pair of games from Southern Miss in Hattiesburg and also put an “L” on Texas A&M in College Station. There is no mistaking their potential, despite coming into Saturday with a losing record.

The Pepperdine dugout was full of energy and clued into each and every pitch against Gonzaga today.

But in the end, it was the Waves drowning the Dogs for the second straight day, after giving them very little hope as the hits and walks came at a premium thanks to dominant mound work from Easton Lucas.

 


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