At 6-0 it's a good idea to keep an eye on Pepperdine this year in the mid-major ranks.

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Pepperdine Stays Unbeaten Against Recharged Akron

At The Ballpark

MALIBU, Calif. — About halfway through a rare 38-minute lightning delay at Eddy D. Field Stadium, Pepperdine coach Rick Hirtensteiner meandered over to the Akron dugout and said to Zips head coach Chris Sabo, “I bet you guys didn’t think you’d be caught in a lightning delay out here did ya’?”

That got a few laughs from the Akron dugout as some of the players and coaches looked on to see a slight drizzle falling on what began as a typical sunny afternoon in paradise. Considering it was 39º back home today, this still had to feel like heaven to the boys from LeBronland.

Despite the delay, Pepperdine starter Cooper Chandler was unbothered, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning before finishing his day with a dominant 8.0 inning effort. Chandler was able to collect 10 strikeouts and issue just a single base on balls. And offensively the Waves bats were able to string together enough hits to pull out a 4-0 win.

Fierce!Pepperdine’s Cooper Chandler was skillful as a surgeon in the win over Akron today.

But to coach Sabo and his crew, getting out to play some meaningful baseball was a long time coming. More on that in a bit, first let’s take care of a little business…

 

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