Waves Top Pacific Baseball In Series Opener

Louis Mejia - Photo by: KeithSanpeiPhoto.com
Louis Mejia - Photo by: KeithSanpeiPhoto.com

Stockton, Calif. - Louis Mejia went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while John Jaeger didn't allow a run in the final five innings, but Pepperdine put the Pacific baseball team in a early hole, to take game one of a three-game set, 10-4.

The first half of the ball game was all Pepperdine as the Waves posted two runs each in the first, second, and third, and hung four on the board in the fourth. The Tigers answered with two each in the fifth and sixth while Jaeger slammed the door on the Waves' offense.

Pepperdine starter Jackson McClelland (5-2) was perfect through three innings, allowed a walk in the fourth, and finally surrounded a hit - a single in the hole by Mejia - to lead off the fifth. McClelland allowed four runs, three earned, in six innings on three hits and four walks, while striking out five. Chandler Blanchard tossed the final three innings for the Waves, allowing one hit, for his fourth save.

Jake Jenkins (1-5) was touched for two runs in the first on an error, a pair of singles, and a passed ball. In the second, Hutton Moyer hit a two-run home run to stretch the lead to 4-0.

Brandon Caruso delivered a two-run single in the third, and the Waves plated four in the fourth on a single by Aaron Barnett, a two-run homer by Jordan Qsar, and a single by Manny Jefferson to chase Jenkins. Jaeger entered and after a pop-up, surrendered a double by Caruso and a single from Matt Gelalich.

Pacific struck back in the fifth, as Mejia's single was followed by a walk to Nate Verlin and a ground-rule double to right center off the bat of J.J. Wagner. Dallas Correa then plated Verlin with a sacrifice fly.

In the sixth, Brett Sullivan walked and stole second before Mejia doubled to the corner in left. Verlin reached on an error, as Mejia scored to cut the gap to 10-4.

Jaeger faced two over the minimum in the final five frames, but Blanchard matched him zero for zero as the Tigers fall to 5-22 overall and 5-5 in West Coast Conference play.

Pepperdine improves to 16-15 overall, 6-4 in WCC action. Barnett, Caruso and Brad Anderson each finished with three-hit nights for the Waves.

Tyler Sullivan walked in four trips, and has reached base in 17 straight ballgames, but his 11-game hit streak was snapped.

Pacific and Pepperdine square off in game two on Friday at 6 p.m.