Ivan Dilda Tosses 2.1 Scoreless Innings for Pepperdine
Pepperdine Takes on USC Tuesday at Dedeaux Field
Austin Davidson Hit Three-Run Homer in Waves Four-Run Ninth
Waves Conclude Seven-Game Road Trip vs. Sooners
Eric Karch Gets Win in Relief; Michael Swanner Completes Second Save vs. Aggies
Pepperdine welcomed Western Michigan to Malibu for its season opener. The Waves beat the Broncos 11-1.
CAREER HIGHS: Hits: 3 (4x), Last: 5/7/10 at St. Mary's College; Runs: 3 (4x), Last: 4/23/10 vs. Portland; HR: 2, 3/12/10 vs. East Carolina; RBI: 4 (2x), Last: 3/26/10 vs. Stony Brook; SB: 1, 3/10/09 vs. Cal Poly; Hitting Streak: 7g, 3/1 - 3/13/11.
2012/SENIOR: Redshirted the 2012 season as he was recovering from injury.
2011/SUMMER: Playing for the Mankato (Minn.) Moondogs of the Northwoods League.
2011/JUNIOR: Appeared in 45 of the team's 56 games with 33 starts split between the catcher, first base and designated hitter positions ... Batted .246 with 13 runs, six extra-base hits and 12 RBI ... Collected the 100th base hit of his collegiate carer - an RBI triple - at UC Irvine (5/4) and also walked in a run vs. the Anteaters ... Recorded five multi-hit games and three multi-RBI outings in addition to registering a career best seven-game hitting streak from March 1 to 13 ... Also had a six-game hitting streak from May 3 to 10, during which he scored four runs, drove in five RBI and hit a home run vs. Santa Clara (5/7) ... Finished series vs. Broncos with .333 average (4-for-12) and two RBI ... Batted .300 during three-game series vs. Louisville (3/11-13) ... Drove in two RBI during Portland series (4/8-10) and three vs. Saint Mary's (5/26-28) ... Was a perfect 3-for-3 through two games vs. UC Santa Barbara, raising his lifetime batting average vs. the Gauchos to .389 (7-for-18) ... Posted a .990 fielding percentage, throwing out six opposing base stealers and helping complete 19 of the club's 71 double plays ... His battery mates recorded a 3.51 ERA through his 15 starts behind home plate.
2010/FALL: Went hitless in 14 at-bats as the starting catcher for the Blue Team during the Pepperdine Fall World Series ... Reached base four times via base on balls, the last of which in game five (11/14) brought home the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs ... Scored two runs ... Dropped down three sacrifice hits ... Threw out 1-of-3 opposing base stealers and tagged out Tyler Brubaker at home plate trying to score the game-tying run in the game one tiebreaker (11/14).
2010/SUMMER: Played for the Willmar (Minn.) Stingers of the Northwoods League ... Appeared in 39 games with 16 runs scored on a double and four home runs ... Smashed round-trippers in games vs. Duluth (6/14), Mankato (7/11), St. Cloud (7/13) and Alexandria (8/13).
2010/SOPHOMORE: All-WCC Honorable Mention ... Started and caught all 54 games and all but one of the Waves' 473.1 innings ... Ranked seventh in the WCC with nine home runs ... Tied a Pepperdine individual game record with two home runs vs. East Carolina (3/12), accumulating a team season high nine total bases ... Slammed three home runs in as many games from 5/15 to 5/18 vs. Loyola Marymount and Cal Poly, becoming the first Wave to accomplish this feat since Eric Thames in March of 2008 ... Was the only Wave all year to homer in straight games, post a multi-home run game and hit a grand slam (3/26 vs. Stony Brook) ... Overall, batted .237 with a Pepperdine-best 36 RBI ... Clubbed 12 doubles and drilled the first triple of his career in a win at LMU (4/16) ... Totaled 14 multi-hit games, including a pair of three-hit nights that matched his career high ... Went 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBI as part of his two home run performance vs. ECU (3/12) ... Ripped three hits in five at-bats at Saint Mary's (5/7) with a home run and two RBI ... Recorded his second four-RBI game - tying a career high - with the grand slam vs. Stony Brook (3/26) ... Registered a personal-best six-game hitting streak from 4/13 to 4/23, which included five consecutive two-hit games vs. Gonzaga (4/16-18), Fullerton (4/20) and Portland (4/23) ... Batted .478 (11-for-23) during this stretch with eight RBI and nine runs scored ... Matched a program single game record with two sacrifice hits vs. Brown (3/5) ... Tied his personal game best with three runs scored vs. Brown (3/6) and Portland (4/23) ... Doubled twice against San Francisco (5/28) and finished series vs. Dons with a .455 average.
2009/FALL: Served as a co-team captain for the Orange team with Robert Dickmann during the three-game Blue and Orange World Series ... Batted .417 (5-for-12) with two runs and three RBI ... Stole two bases, tying Miles Silverstein for the series lead ... Struck out just once ... Threw out one of two opposing base stealers from behind the dish ... Went 3-for-4 in game one (11/12) with a run and two RBI ... Drove in the final two runs of an 11-run attack in the eighth inning, completing Orange's rally from a 2-0 deficit ... Singled twice in game three (11/15) with a run and RBI.
2009/SUMMER: Played for the Danville (Ill.) Dans of the Prospect League ... Prospect League All-Star ... Batted .256 in 43 games for the Dans with 10 doubles, 24 runs, four home runs and 29 RBI.
2009/FRESHMAN: Led all Pepperdine freshmen with five home runs during his rookie campaign with the Waves ... Batted .242, drove in 24 runs and scored 21 times through 45 of 54 games ... Made 37 starts at catcher ... Drew only 15 bases on balls, but walked three times each in games vs. Cal Poly (3/10) and UC Santa Barbara (5/6) ... His three walks vs. the Mustangs were his first free passes of the year through 18 plate appearances ... He also stole his first and only base of the year in this contest and scored a career high three runs ... Was the only member of the everyday starting lineup to hit more home runs than doubles (2) ... Did not record his first two-bagger until March 27 at San Diego, a ball that dropped in between the Toreros' short stop and left fielder along the third-base line ... Had two round-trippers to his name before hitting his first double and would hit two more homers before smacking his follow-up double on May 5 at Long Beach State ... Also homered in that 10-5 loss at the Dirtbags' Blair Field ... His 2-for-4, two RBI performance at LBSU marked the end of a four-game hitting streak, in which he became the first Wave to hit home runs in consecutive games ... Went yard at UC Santa Barbara in a game that was started April 7; however, because of a rain postponement, all stats were not counted until its completion on May 4 ... His two-run smack proved to be the difference in an 8-6 road win ... Batted .375 during the four-game streak with four RBI and two runs ... Started his collegiate career with a four-game hitting streak that lasted from 2/21 through 3/5 - a stretch that included a two-run home run and walkoff sacrifice fly RBI vs. Evansville (3/5) ... Outing against the Purple Aces represented the first of eight multi-RBI games ... Hit .292 with runners in scoring position, .429 with the bases loaded, and tied teammate Nate Simon for the second most runners advanced with 18 ... Recorded at least one hit in 11 of his first 13 starts when he was still sharing backstop duties with Trent Diedrich ... Became the team's full-time catcher on April 5 after Diedrich suffered an injury ... Recorded his first multi-hit game that day vs. Gonzaga (2-for-4) and finished the year with seven ... Batted just .239 over the season's final 25 games, but the team posted a 15-10 record with him behind the plate ... Team started the year 3-5 with him as the starting catcher while still in a platoon situation with Diedrich ... Played six games at first base with Diedrich catching through the second half of March ... Made both his errors while at first base in a game at Wichita State (3/15), one of which led to two first-inning unearned runs ... Fielding statistics include one pickoff (LMU's Ryan Wheeler), eight caught stealings and a .994 fielding percentage ... Caught six of his base stealers in West Coast Conference play, including three in one game vs. Saint Mary's (4/9), which was one shy of tying Chad Tracy's individual game record from 4/29/05 ... At the plate vs. the Gaels, went 2-for-11 with two runs, walk and four RBI ... Gunned down two other base stealers at Portland (5/8) ... Threw out his first base runner in a start at UC Davis (2/28, g2) ... Made collegiate debut at Cal State Northridge (2/22) and went 1-for-3 with a single ... Caught Matt Bywater's 10 strikeout game at USC (2/25) ... At the plate, singled and reached on a first-inning throwing error that brought around two runs ... Recorded his first pinch hit in a 5-2 win over Washington State (3/18), taking over for Torrey Jacoby in the seventh inning ... Batted .300 (3-for-10) during four-game Chicago State series ... Hit his second home run of the year, scored three runs and drove in five ... His home run vs. the Cougars was a three-run shot off the video board in right field and was part of a six-run fourth inning that broke a 1-1 tie in game three of the series (3/21) ... Hit by two pitches vs. Long Beach State (4/13), raising his season and year-end total to three ... Blasted third home run of year in the fifth inning vs. USC (4/15), which tied the game at 5-5 ... In the eighth, delivered an insurance run on a single to center ... Was the first Wave this season to reach base on a catcher's interference call and was one of two with Matthew Frazee in the same game at Cal State Northridge (4/21) ... Batted .231 at Portland series (5/8-10), but scored the go-ahead run on Bryce Mendonca's 12th-inning double in game three (5/10) and drove in two additional runs ... Went 4-for-13 with with two runs and two RBI three games vs. Santa Clara (5/15-17) ... Recorded a bulk of his offense in game one (5/15), going 3-for-5 ... His three hits served as a personal best ... Singled in the season finale at Cal State Fullerton (5/19).
2008/FALL: Recipient of Pepperdine Baseball's inaugural Dr. Jim Brinton Scholarship ... Drove in two runs during exhibition series with Long Beach State, both of which were produced off sacrifice flies ... Tagged out Brennan Metzger of LBS at home plate as he was trying to score in the winning run of game 1 (11/1) ... In game 2 (11/9), tagged out Matt Avery at home as part of a 7-6-2 put out ... Credited with a run and RBI during the Blue and Orange World Series ... Threw out three of five of his teammates trying to steal during the three-game intrasquad series ... In game 2 of series (11/14), helped turn a 5-2-5 inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School in 2008 ... Three-year varsity letterwinner, catcher and first baseman for head coach Richard Jaquez ... Also played a year of junior varsity baseball ... Helped lead team to the Division II CIF Southern Section runner-up title in 2007 ... Two-time All-Pacific View League first team selection ... As a senior, hit .450 with four home runs, 23 RBI and 20 runs scored ... During his junior campaign, batted .360 with four round trippers and 21 driven in to go along with 30 runs scored ... 2007 and 2008 scholar athlete.
CLUB: Played for the SoCal Cardinals Scout Team in 2006 and 2007 and the Playa Vista Orioles Connie Mack Team in 2007.
PERSONAL: Given name is Nathan Darin Johnson ... Son of Darin and Lori Johnson ... Brother of Nicole ... Majoring in sports medicine ... Career goals include winning the College World Series and playing in the major leagues ... Is deaf in his right ear ... Came to Pepperdine for, "the great coaching staff and the opportunity to play for a great baseball team" ... Says playing in the CIF Southern Section Championship Game at Dodger Stadium has been his most thrilling moment in sports.
FAVORITES: Enjoys golf and hanging out with friends ... Favorites include Alex Rodriguez (pro baseball player), Los Angeles Angels (pro baseball team), Moneyball (book), Remember The Titans (movie), SportsCenter and Dirty Jobs (TV Shows), Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood (musical artists), and mom's cooking (food).