May 28, 1989 |
Jon Prather batted ninth for Texas Saturday in its Midwest Regional game with USC, so the Trojans thought he'd be the last guy to do anything to help beat them. Well, USC thought wrong. For openers, Prather hit a bases-loaded triple to highlight a six-run rally in the top of the sixth inning that gave the Longhorns a 6-4 lead. Then, after USC went ahead with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, he had a sacrifice fly as Texas regained the lead in the seventh inning and went on to win, 11-8, and eliminate the Trojans before 6,777 at Austin, Tex. Prather, a senior catcher who began play in the double elimination tournament with a .189 batting average, was hitless in the tournament before his triple.
May 11, 1989
The Pepperdine baseball team claimed its sixth straight West Coast Athletic Conference Championship by defeating archrival Loyola Marymount three times last weekend. Ranked No. 14 by Collegiate Baseball, the Waves (40-14-1 overall and 20-4 in league) also clinched their fifth consecutive NCAA tournament berth by winning the conference title. Four regular-season games remain. Pairings and seedings for the 48-team tournament will be announced May 22. Pepperdine plays host to Stanford, the two-time defending NCAA champion, on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. "I thought our team played with a tremendous amount of intensity last weekend," first-year Coach Andy Lopez said.
May 7, 1989 |
On a brilliant Malibu afternoon the lights went out on Loyola Marymount's conference baseball title hopes. The Lions dropped two seven-inning, one-run games to Pepperdine, 5-4 and 3-2. That made it three straight for the Waves over Loyola and gave them the West Coast Athletic Conference title. The teams play again today in Malibu, but the Lions will be playing only for pride and playoff seeding. The Pepperdine victories Saturday, coupled with Friday's 3-0 win, raised the Waves to 20-3 in the WCAC.
April 30, 1989 |
The West Coast Athletic Conference baseball race has apparently been whittled to a two-team affair after Loyola kayoed Santa Clara in two seven-inning games Saturday, 4-3 and 8-2, at Loyola. Saturday's victories gave the Lions three straight over the 19th-ranked Broncos and probably knocked third-place Santa Clara out of WCAC title contention. The Lions, 17-1 in the WCAC and 35-18 for the season, have won 16 straight conference games and 13 straight overall. Santa Clara fell to 11-8 in the WCAC and is 36-19 overall.
April 28, 1989 |
The battle for the West Coast Athletic Conference baseball title has boiled down to a three-team race that will be decided in the next two weekends. "It comes down to who can win two series" is the way Loyola Marymount Coach Chris Smith sums it up. Loyola has won 12 straight conference games to move into the lead with a 14-1 record. Right behind is Pepperdine at 13-3, then Santa Clara at 11-5. The four other WCAC teams have losing records. The disparity between the haves and have-nots in the WCAC is reflected in the national polls: Loyola's hot streak has swept the Lions to a No. 16 ranking in Collegiate Baseball and No. 17 in Baseball America.
April 26, 1989 |
Sixteen years of watching Pepperdine dominate men's tennis in the West Coast Athletic Conference was a long time--too long, decided the University of San Diego, which ended Pepperdine's streak of 16 consecutive WCAC titles last weekend. It may not have been a surprise that Pepperdine's streak finally came to an end. What was surprising was how it ended. USD dominated three days of play the way Pepperdine dominated those 16 years. The Toreros did not lose a match--singles or doubles--to anyone but teammates.