Puckett has won two the the Waves' three weekly awards this year.
A.J. Puckett leads the WCC with a 1.01 ERA.
The Waves ace hasn't allowed an earned run in six starts.
Pepperdine sends Max Gamboa to the mound tomorrow night at LMU.
A.J. Puckett now has a 1.31 ERA and 5-2 record.
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)