More than 1,200 WCC student-athletes received the award.
2014/FRESHMAN: Made 10 appearances, getting one starting assignment for the Waves in 2014 ... Hit .300 in 10 official at-bats ... Drove in two runs and drew two walks ... Hit one sacrifice fly ... Went 1-for-1 with an RBI-single against Santa Clara (3/23).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Desert Mountain High School ... Played three varsity seasons for Brian Stephenson ... Earned All-Arizona, all-region and all-conference first team honors as a senior and was All-Southwest first team ... Was rated the top catcher in Arizona in the 2013 class and a top 100 catcher in the nation ... Hit .370 with 13 homers for his career.
CLUB: Played for the Arizona Diamondbacks scout team for three years.
PERSONAL: Given name is Benjamin Rodriguez ... Born in Scottsdale, Ariz. ... Plans to major in Natural Science ... Son of Francisco and Nanette ... Brother to Natalie (21) ... Dad played for the Dominican National Volleyball team ... Chose Pepperdine for "the opportunity both athletically and academically."
FAVORITES: Yoenis Cespedes (pro baseball player); San Jose Sharks (pro team); Brave New World (book); Star Wars (movie); Friends (TV show); Dom Kennedy (musical artist); Yogurt and Granola (food); Basketball (sport other than baseball)