Austin Davidson and Kolten Yamaguchi Capture First Team Selections
Aaron Brown Earns Sixth Win; Michael Swanner Collects WCC-Leading 14th Save; Bryan Langlois Homers
Sam Meyer and Aaron Brown Both Homer for Pepperdine
Aaron Brown Throws First Complete Game; Chris Amezquita Hits Three-Run Homer
Aaron Brown Collects Three Hits
Waves swept Western Michigan with a 10-6 win Sunday (2/17). (Photos by Stephen Wandzura & Viktor Steury )
Waves vs. Oklahoma Sunday, February 19, 2012 Eddy D. Field Stadium, Malibu, Calif. Photos by Stephen Wandzura
Friday, Feb. 17 at Eddy D. Field Stadium Pepperdine vs. Oklahoma Photos by Stephen Wandzura
2012/FRESHMAN: As a true freshman, Brown appeared in 38 games in the field for the Waves, starting 32 of those in right field ... He also appeared in 16 games as a left-handed relief pitcher, striking out 19, with a 4.64 ERA through 21.1 innings pitched ... He batted .265 through 117 at bats, tallying 31 hits and 24 RBI ... Collected five doubles, one triple and one home run ... Was named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Midseason Watch List ... Went 3-for-5 with three RBI in just his second collegiate game vs. Oklahoma (2/18) ... Had a season-high four RBI after a 2-for-5 day with one double in victory over Kent State (3/18) ... He followed that up with a season-high four hits as he went 4-for-5 and scored one run vs. Kent State the next day (3/19) ... His first collegiate home run came on March 31 at Gonzaga to tie the game up and send things into extra innings, as he finished 2-for-6 from the plate that day ... He also had a stellar relief appearance on the mound in that contest vs. Gonzaga, throwing 3.2 innings during extra frames, striking out four and allowing only one hit, no runs ... Before getting hurt against Saint Mary's (4/7), Brown went 2-for-4 with three RBI in a victory ... His four strikeouts vs. Gonzaga (3/31) was a season high ... He also collected three strikeouts in 2.1 innings against Fresno State (6/3) in a comeback victory at the NCAA Stanford Regional ... In the NCAA Regional Brown tallied five strikeouts in 3.3 innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits in total ... Started the season off as a left-handed closer for the Waves before transitioning to more of a middle reliever role ... Tallied four saves, second best on the season .
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Chatsworth High School with honors...played three years of varsity baseball under Tom Meusborn...Two-time All-West Valley League selection as a center fielder and pitcher...helped team to 2009 CIF City Section championship, 2010 semi-final appearance and 2011 finals appearance...Competed in California Collegiate League for the Glendale Angelenos, named league's top MLB hitting prospect and third best prospect overall...Drafted in the 17th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
PERSONAL: Given name is Aaron Joshua Brown...Son of Paul and Diane Brown...Has one brother, Jeremiah (25), and two sisters, Hannah (23) and Rachel (21)...Brother played football at the University of South Dakota...Chose Pepperdine because he considered it his dream school and is close to home...Majoring in business...Career goal is to play major league baseball...Lists striking out current Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas as his greatest sports thrill.
FAVORITES: Enjoys the outdoors, water sports, ping pong and sleeping in his free time...Lists Albert Pujols as his biggest sports hero for his internal character...Favorites include Josh Hamilton (baseball player), Los Angeles Dodgers (pro baseball team), the Bible (book), Book of Eli (movie), Criminal Minds and ESPN (TV shows), Red (music artist) and Italian (food).