Pepperdine opens the WCC Tournament on Thursday against Saint Mary's.
The victory matched the most lopsided win Pepperdine has posted this year.
Pepperdine has two more home games against the Cougars left.
Puckett has won two the the Waves' three weekly awards this year.
A.J. Puckett leads the WCC with a 1.01 ERA.
2015/SOPHOMORE: Made 15 starts for the Waves as a sophomore … Tossed 97.1 innings … Led the team in strikeouts with 81 on the year and gave up just 31 walks … Had a career-high 10 strikeouts against Hawaii (3/1) … Had a win loss record of 7-5 and an ERA of 4.35 … Posted a total of two shutouts this season … Allowed a .273 opponent batting average … Tossed a complete-game shutout against Saint Mary’s (4/17), giving up five hits and no walks to earn WCC Pitcher of the Week … Also tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout against Hawaii (2/28).
2014/FRESHMAN: Made 23 appearances on the mound for the Waves in 2014 ... Started one game ... Compiled a 2-2 record and 3.58 ERA on the year ... Was fourth on the team with 50.1 innings pitched ... Struck out 43 batters and allowed 24 walks ... Allowed a .234 opponents batting average ... Made three appearances in the postseason, pitching 7.0 innings ... Picked up his first win when he threw 5.0 scoreless relief innings against then-No. 3 Cal Poly (4/29), striking out a career-high seven batters ... Threw 3.0 relief innings against Gonzaga (5/17) as the Waves came back for an 8-6 win ... Struck out six batters in 3.0 innings pitched against UNC Wilmington (3/4).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif. ... Played two varsity seasons for head coach David Jeans ... Posted a 19-8 career record with 106 strikeouts ... Had a 2.56 ERA with 59 strikeouts as a senior and a 2.41 ERA with 47 strikeouts as a junior ... Was an All-East Bay Athletic League honorable mention as a junior and senior ... Given the team Cy Young award as a junior and senior ... Team won the EBAL and NCS championship in 2012 ... Drafted in the 35th round by the Athletics.
CLUB: Played two seasons for the Danville Hoots and one with the Southern California Renegades ... Named MVP of the Lou Gehrig Strikeout Tournament ... Won a Western Regional Championship with the Renegades and NorCal Championship with the Hoots.
PERSONAL: Born in Walnut Creek, Calif. ... Parents are Jeff and Brenda Puckett ... Has two brothers, Jake and Jeff ... Chose Pepperdine because he wanted to continue playing baseball in a faith-based environment with high academic standards.
FAVORITES: Nolan Ryan (athlete); Oakland Athletics (team); Lightning Thief (book); For the Love of the Game (movie); Big Bang Theory (TV show); 30 Seconds to Mars (musical artist); Chinese food (food); Football (sport other than baseball)