Hutton Moyer Hits First Home Run; Michael Swanner Collects 11th Save
Bryan Langlois Clubs Fourth Home Run for Pepperdine
Waves Settle for Split in Season Series vs. Gauchos
Waves Host Huskies for Three; UC Santa Barbara Tuesday
Chris Amezquita Homers, Matt Maurer Tosses Seven Strong and Michael Swanner Collects Seventh Save
Pepperdine welcomed Western Michigan to Malibu for its season opener. The Waves beat the Broncos 11-1.
Pepperdine Waves vs. UC Irvine Anteaters in Dodgertown Classic Dodger Stadium Photos by Jacqueline & Stephen Wandzura
CAREER HIGHS: Strikeouts: 8, 3/19/11 vs. Coastal Carolina; Walks: 4 (2x), Last: 4/8/11 at Portland; IP (start): 8.0, 4/21/11 vs. Loyola Marymount; IP (relief): 1.2, 3/1/11 vs. UC Santa Barbara; Winning Streak: 3g, 3/1/11 - 4/1/11; Losing Streak: 5g , 4/1/11 - present; Low-hit CG: None.
2012/SOPHOMORE: Maurer made 17 appearances as the Waves regular Tuesday starting pitcher ... Finished with an impressive 6-1 record with a 3.56 ERA ... Threw a total of 65.2 innings and tallied 35 strikeouts ... Lone loss of the season came at UC Santa Barbara (3/20) ... Had a season-high five strikeouts on Feb. 28 in a victory over USC ... In a start allowed a season-low two hits through 5.1 innings to UC Irvine (3/13) in the Dodgertown Classic ... Made six appearances out of the bullpen, including his first appearance of the season, Feb. 19 vs. Oklahoma ... Waves outscored their opponents 99-78 with Maurer on the hill .. Other than the loss at UC Santa Barbara, where he allowed six runs, Maurer never allowed more than four runs in a start ... Did not have trouble with the long ball, as he only gave up one all year at UC Santa Barbara ... Longest outing of the year was 6.2 innings at UC Riverside (4/10).
2011/SUMMER: Playing for the Cowlitz (Wash.) Black Bears of the West Coast League.
2011/FRESHMAN: Led Pepperdine with 59 strikeouts as part of a rookie campaign that also included a 3-6 win-loss record, 68.0 innings pitched and a 4.63 ERA split between 12 starts and six relief appearances ... Averaged 7.8 Ks per 9.0 innings ... Credited with five quality starts and pitched past the sixth inning on seven occasions ... Made collegiate debut as a reliever during a 9-8 extra-inning win vs. Eastern Kentucky (2/19), and three days later made his first career start at No. 2 UCLA (2/22) ... Scored first of three consecutive victories with 1.2 scoreless innings of work in relief vs. UC Santa Barbara (3/1), in which he struck out two Gauchos ... Later defeated UC Riverside (3/9) behind five strikeouts and punched out a career best eight Chanticleers in Pepperdine's 2-1 win over No. 23 Coastal Carolina (3/19) ... Earned lone save in between victories at East Carolina (3/5), retiring the side on eight pitches (1 K) to preserve a 5-4 Pepperdine triumph ...Nominated for WCC Pitcher of the Month honors following a March in which he went 3-0 with a save and 23 Ks (6 BB) through 27.1 innings pitched ... Finished on a five-game losing streak, which included a pair of one-run contests, a blown save at Portland (4/8) and a career-best 8.0-inning performance vs. Loyola Marymount (4/21) ... Allowed one home run against 284 batters faced ... Picked off two runners ... Induced 75 ground outs, including five that led to double plays.
2010/FALL: Pitched a 7.0 inning complete game and was victorious for the Orange Team during game three (11/10) of Pepperdine's Fall World Series ... Allowed just two base runners through the first six innings before giving up a pair of two-out runs in the seventh on a walk and two singles ... Retired 13 straight batters at one point from the third through seventh innings ... Tossed 81 pitches ... Led all Orange batters at the plate with a .375 average (3-8) ... Scored three runs and slammed a two-out, two-run home run in game five (11/14) off reliever Cody Dickerson that tied the game at 3-3 ... Led off the fifth inning of game four (11/13) with a hit by pitch and scored two outs later on Joe Sever's RBI double.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated with honors and among the top five percent of his class in 2010 from North Medford HS, where he was a four-year varsity letterwinner, pitcher and first baseman for head coach Brett Wolfe ... Helped lead his school to the 2007 state title and South West Conference crowns in 2007, 2008 and 2009 ... Selected as the Oregon State Championship Player of the Game in 2007 ... Finished his scholastic career holding the school's records for wins (34), strikeouts (377), innings pitched (260) and earned-run average (1.05) ... Finished his senior season with a 9-1 record, 99 strikeouts and 0.78 ERA, which helped land on the cover of ESPN RISE Magazine ... Went 8-2 as a junior with 100 strikeouts and a 1.1 ERA, and was received Gatorade and Louisville Slugger Player of the Year honors ... Three-time all-conference and all-state first team selection ... Also lettered in basketball and football ... Set the school's all-time rebounding record with 553 and produced the football squad's longest punt at 74 yards.
CLUB: Played for the Mustangs AAA Legion squad for three years ... Helped lead the Mustangs to a state title in 2007 and 2009 national runner-up crown.
PERSONAL: Given name is Matthew Louis Maurer ... Born and raised in Medford, Ore. ... Pre-business administration major ... Son of Gary and Stephanie Maurer ... Brother to Alyssa ... Chose to attend Pepperdine for the beach and the baseball.
FAVORITES: Nolan Ryan (pro baseball player) ... Boston Red Sox (pro baseball team) ... The Hangover (movie) ... SportsCenter (TV show) ... Eminem (musical artist) ... Mashed Potatoes (food) ... Basketball (sport other than baseball).