No. 12 Pepperdine Beats No. 19 USC, 5-3

March 20, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Trent Diedrich and Adrian Ortiz broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with RBI groundouts as the No. 12 Pepperdine Waves defeated the No. 19 USC Trojans, 5-3, in a nonconference game at Dedeaux Field. Diedrich went 2-for-4 with two RBI while Denny Duron and Luke Salas registered three hits each.

The Waves (18-7) had 14 hits on the evening, stranding 12 runners as Adam Olbrychowski (5-1) beat USC for the second time this season. The Trojans fell to 16-10 on the season.

Freshman Robert Stock (Westlake Village/Agoura HS) put the Trojans ahead with a two-run double in the first before Pepperdine answered with two in the second. Duron and Diedrich hit back-to-back singles to tie the game. Mark Tracy led off the sixth with a single and moved to third on Duron's double to left center before the Waves scored twice.

Stock and Lucas Duda singled in the seventh, but Waves reliever Jason Dominguez got Michael Torres to ground into the inning-ending double play.

Olbrychowski allowed two unearned runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings for the win while Brett Hunter pitched in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season.

Stock finished with a 2-for-4 night while senior closer Paul Koss (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) threw a perfect ninth to drop his season ERA to 0.61.

USC opens Pac-10 Conference play this weekend (March 23-25) against No. 17 Arizona State at home. Friday's game starts at 7 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. start on Saturday and 1 p.m. beginning on Sunday. All three games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com. Sunday's game also will be Mini-Bat Day with the first 500 fans in attendance receiving a free USC baseball miniature bat.

PEP	 020-002-010---5-14-1USC	 200-000-001---3-7-1

WP - Olbrychowski (5-1) LP - Vasquez (2-5) S - Hunter (2)T - 2:37 ATT - 484Records: Pepperdine (18-7), USC (16-10)

Olbrychowski, Dominguez (7), Hunter (9) and Diedrich.Vasquez, Rabago (6), Couture (8), Koss (9) and Stock.

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