With the loss, Saint Mary’s drops to 19-30, 9-10 West Coast Conference, while Pepperdine improves to 24-21, 10-9 WCC.
The Gaels took advantage of PEP errors in the first, second and fifth innings, while also taking command of the base paths with six stolen bases.
DonAndre Clark set the tone in the game leading off the first with a walk. He then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball by the PEP catcher. Markus Melgosa drove in Clark with a sac fly RBI.
SMC got on the board again in the second inning, again with the help of suspect Wave defense. With two outs, Darian Ramage drew a walk and stole second. He would then score on a Riley Heinzer ground ball that did not leave the infield as the Waves kicked the ball around and Ramage scored.
The Gaels took a 3-1 in the fifth after scoring another unearned run by a suspect Pepperdine defense.
The Waves scored five runs on just one hit in the fifth inning and getting SMC starter Ben Griset (4-3) out of the game. Gary Cornish pitched the final three innings of shutout ball, giving up just two hits and nothing else.
The Gaels best chance at a rally came in the eighth inning as Brenden Kalfus led off with a double and Anthony Villa reached on an error with one out. The next two Gaels could not get the potential tying run home as the Waves escaped the inning and overcame another huge error.
Kalfus did extend his hitting streak to 31-games in the loss.
Saint Mary’s is back in action on Saturday when it takes on Pepperdine at 1:00 p.m.