Ivan Dilda Tosses 2.1 Scoreless Innings for Pepperdine
Scott Frazier Records Seven Strikeouts; Austin Davidson Goes 3-for-4
Waves open up the season Friday, Feb. 17 as they host Oklahoma at 2 p.m. PT.
CAREER HIGHS: Strikeouts: 5 (2x), Last: 5/10/11 vs. Cal State Fullerton; Walks: 7, 5/4/11 at UC Irvine; IP (start): 7.0, 4/19/11 at UC Santa Barbara; IP (relief): 5.0, 3/5/11 at East Carolina (G2); Winning Streak: 1g, 5/10 - 5/22/11; Losing Streak: 5g, 2/23/10 - 5/10/11;Low-hit CG: None.
2012/JUNIOR: As a junior in 2012, Najera made two appearances for the Waves ... He earned one start vs. Oklahoma (2/19) ... Entered out of the bullpen on Mar. 20 in a victory over Long Beach State, throwing 1.0 inning, allowing no hits, but two runs scored (one earned), walking two and striking out one.
2011/SUMMER: Playing for the La Crosse (Wis.) Loggers of the Northwoods League.
2011/SOPHOMORE: Made 17 appearances with 10 starts and went 1-4 with a 4.79 ERA and 24 strikeouts ... Tossed 62.0 innings and faced 290 batters ... Posted his best numbers as a middle reliever, striking out seven batters over 13.2 innings of work and registered an ERA of 0.66 in between the sixth and seventh innings ... Won his first career game behind 6.1 scoreless innings pitched vs. No. 9 Cal State Fullerton (5/10) ... Tied a career high vs. Titans with 5 Ks as Waves won 7-0 ... Reliever Ricky Villarreal pitched the final 2.2 frames in the combined shutout victory ... After starting the year with four appearances out of the bullpen, made his first start vs. Santa Barbara on March 1, and allowed three unearned runs with a strikeout through 4.0 innings ...Pitched past the sixth inning three times, all of which were quality starts, but watched bullpen lose leads in consecutive midweek games at UC Santa Barbara (4/19) and UC Irvine (5/4) ... Pitched a career high 7.0 innings vs. Gauchos and left with 2-0 lead ... Exited game at UCI with 4-1 lead despite issuing a career high seven walks, but he also induced three ground ball double plays that squashed scoring threats in the first, fifth and sixth innings ... Totaled 12.0 consecutive shutout innings in between starts vs. Gauchos and Anteaters, which served as a Pepperdine team season high ... Finished year with team best 0.3 fly out/ground out ratio and eight GDPs that ranked second only to Aaron Gates (19) ... Given first weekend start vs. Gonzaga on May 22 ... Tossed a career high 5.0 innings out of the bullpen at East Carolina (3/5, G2), striking out three Pirates ... Picked off two runners ... Retired 12-of-17 first batters faced.
2010/FALL: Appeared in two games for the Blue Team at Pepperdine's Fall World Series ... Started and suffered the loss in game three (11/10) after giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks in 5.0 innings of work ... Struck out five ... All five runs were scored in the first inning ... Went on to escape a pair of two-on, two-out jams in the second and fifth frames ... Pitched 3.1 innings of relief in game one (11/6), allowing one run on three hits while punching out four ... Struck out Sam Meyer after entering the game in the fifth inning with a runner at third base ... Gave up his lone run of the game with two outs in the sixth on Trevor McDonald's single to left ... Retired six of the last seven batters he faced as the two teams battled to a 5-5 tie.
2010/SUMMER: Assigned to the La Crosse (Wis.) Loggers of the Northwoods League ... Appeared out of the Loggers' bullpen in seven games and posted a 2.21 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 16.1 innings ... Earned the save in games vs. Battle Creek (6/18) and Wisconsin (6/9) ... Struck out a season high seven batters through 4.0 innings of work vs. Wisconsin (6/26).
2010/FRESHMAN: Made 14 appearances with one start ... Finished with an 0-2 record and 12.00 ERA ... Pitched 18.0 innings, giving up 25 runs (24 earned) on 25 hits and 20 walks ... Struck out 19 ... Five of the hits he allowed went for extra bases ... Posted bullpen's second lowest ERA vs. WCC opponents at 3.18, allowing just two earned run in 5.2 innings ... Ground ball pitcher whose infielders made 79 percent of his putouts ... Made first career start at home vs. Cal Poly (2/23) and gave up three runs (two earned) in three innings of work, but struck out a career high five batters ... Pitched out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season ... Suffered second loss at UC Santa Barbara (4/13) ... Entered game in the sixth inning with Waves holding onto a 9-7 lead, but gave up three runs -- all earned -- on three hits and two walks ... Posted four relief appearances in which he did not surrender any runs, including a 2.0 inning appearance at CSUN (2/26) that included four strikeouts.
2009/FALL: Went 1-for-6 at the Blue and Orange World Series ... Drew two walks and struck out four times ... On the mound, pitched in relief of Cole Cook in game two (11/14) and gave up nine runs (six earned) on nine hits through 4.2 innings ... Struck out three and walked three as Orange rallied from an early 3-2 deficit.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2009 from Canyon High School where he was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Joe Hoggatt ... Named All-Century League and received the school's Comanche Award following his senior year in which he posted an earned-run average under 1.00 and hit .325 ... Selected team's Best Hitter as a freshman after hitting .400 ... Batted .380 as a sophomore and was named Team MVP ... Junior year recognition included a spot on the All-Century League second team and the Coaches Award.
CLUB: Played in a Connie Mack Wood Bat League for Elite Baseball.
PERSONAL: Given name is Alex Michael Najera ... Born and raised in Anaheim Hills, Calif. ... Major is undeclared ... Son of Mike and Carrie Najera ... Brother to Darren and Garret ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because of head coach Steve Rodriguez and its Malibu location ... Lists his father as his biggest sports hero ... Mike Najera coached high school baseball for 20 years and won two CIF rings.
FAVORITES: Tori Hunter (pro baseball player) ... Los Angeles Angels (pro baseball team) ... Catcher In The Rye (book) ... Bad Boys II (movie) ... Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Show) ... Nelly (musical artist) ... Mexican and Sushi (food) ... Football (sport other than baseball) ... Hobbies include hanging out with friends, listening to music and surfing.