2012/FRESHMAN: Made 12 appearances in his true freshman season, mostly as a relief pitcher ... In his first collegiate action vs. Oklahoma (2/19), Alvarez threw a clutch 4.0 innings for the Waves, allowing only one hit and no runs, walking only one and striking out another as the team eventually won the game and the series ... Finished with eight strikeouts in 18.2 innings of work, an ERA of 6.27.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, where he was named a scholar athlete...Played four years of varsity baseball under Ken Scott...hit .388 as a senior, slugging .612 and compiling a fielding percentage of .982 while splitting time among shortstop, third base and pitcher.
PERSONAL: Given name is Andrew Joseph Alvarez...Son of George and Sylvia Alvarez...Brother of Christopher (23) and Gabby (13)...Chose Pepperdine for its baseball program and location...Majoring in sports medicine...Career goal is to play major league baseball...Lists greatest sports thrill as clinching Big VIII league title over rival Poly his freshman year of high school.
FAVORITES: Enjoys playing basketball and listening to music...Lists Derek Jeter as his biggest sports hero...Favorites include New York Yankees (pro baseball team), Angels and Demons (book), The Rookie (movie), Breaking Bad (TV show), Wiz Khalifa (music artist) and Italian (food).