Pepperdine edges Cal Poly 2-1 in NCAA tourneyPepperdine third baseman Austin Davidson throws to first after fielding a ground ball during the first inning of a NCAA college baseball tournament regional game against Cal Poly on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. (AP Photo/Aaron Lambert)
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) -- Pepperdine got the tying run on base when two of Cal Poly's outfielders collided on a fly ball in the seventh inning, and the Waves scored the go-ahead run on a dropped pop fly two batters later to beat the host Mustangs 2-1 on Saturday night in San Luis Obispo regional.
Pepperdine's Aaron Brown (12-1) outdueled Cal Poly's Casey Bloomquist (12-2), allowing just one run and three hits, while striking out four and walking four. Eric Karch needed only six pitches to earn his 15th save for the Waves (41-16).
Aaron Barnett tripled to left center when Cal Poly (46-11) left fielder Zach Zehner collided with center fielder Jordan Ellis as they each tracked the deep fly. Hutton Moyer drove in Barnett with a double off the wall in right and scored when Mustangs first baseman John Schuknecht could not hold on to an over-the-shoulder attempt on Manny Jefferson's popup.