The school year was highlighted by sand volleyball's national championship and baseball's postseason run.
Aaron Barnett plates two runs in his 3-for-5 offensive outing vs. the Bulldogs.
2014/FRESHMAN: Played in 56 games, making 55 starts for the Waves ... Won the starting shortstop job as a freshman ... Named to the WCC All-Freshman team and WCC All-Tournament team ... Batted .227 on the year ... Was tied for fifth on the team with 28 RBI ... Was fifth on the team with 10 doubles ... Hit one homer and scored 17 runs ... Had a 4-for-4 game against Pacific (3/16) in which he hit three doubles, drove in three runs and scored one ... Went 3-for-3 against USC (4/8), driving in two runs which both tied the game in a 4-3 walk-off win for the Waves ... Made a highlight reel catch and went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the WCC Tournament Championship game against LMU (5/24).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Lakewood High School ... Played one varsity season for head coach Spud O'Neil ... Batted .325 with one homer and 42 RBI his senior year ... Was named rookie of the year as a senior for the Moore League Champions ... Was named Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior.
CLUB: Played his club ball most recently for Impact Player Baseball and also for Garciaparra Baseball Group (2012) and the SoCal Outlaws (2010-11).
PERSONAL: Given name is Manuel Eugene Jefferson ... Born in Beverly Hills, Calif. ... Parents are Phillip Jefferson and Sonya Dowtin ... Siblings are Phillip (23), Kendra (23) and August (16) ... Chose Pepperdine because of the excellent academics and baseball program.
FAVORITES: Dustin Pedroia (athlete); Boston Red Sox (team); Of Mice and Men (book); Fast Five (movie); How I Met Your Mother (TV show); Chris Brown (musical artist); Pizza (food); Football (sport other than baseball)