Pepperdine downs Missouri in Malibu Regional

Updated: June 3, 2006, 12:09 AM ET
Associated Press

MALIBU, Calif. -- Barry Enright pitched 7 1-3 strong innings, Brett Hunter got out of a ninth-inning jam and Pepperdine defeated Missouri 3-2 in Friday's second game of the NCAA's Malibu Regional.

UCLA beat UC Irvine by an identical 3-2 score in the opening game.

Enright (13-1) held the Tigers to one run, Derek Chambers' homer leading off the sixth. Enright scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out four.

Hunter went 1 2-3 innings and allowed a run in the ninth. The Waves' closer got Trevor Helms to ground out after a 13-pitch at-bat for the final out, stranding the potential tying run on base. The save was Hunter's 11th.

Missouri's Max Scherzer (7-2)allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out one in his seven innings.

The Waves got their runs on Chad Tracy's sacrifice fly in the sixth, and RBIs by Denny Duron and Matt Aidem in the seventh. Duron also made a diving grab of Helms' grounder on the final play of the game.

J.C. Field's infield single in the ninth drove in the Tigers' final run.

Pepperdine (41-19) will face UCLA (33-23) on Saturday, while Missouri (31-26) will play UC Irvine (36-23) in an elimination game.

Filling in at second for the injured David Uribes, Duron went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and scored the eventual game-winning run. Aidem finished the game 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

Chambers went 2-for-3 with a walk for the Tigers, while Field recorded two hits in four at-bats and drove in a run.


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