Sever's stellar play in his first season of professional ball landed him a spot as an all-star.
Eighteen student-athletes earned All-American honors and 51 were all-conference.
These are the first career honors for Sever and Vincej from College Baseball Insider
Vincej wins the award given by the Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame
Sever and Vincej were an integral part of the Waves' run to the WCC title.
No. 2 seed Pepperdine vs. No. 3 seed Michigan State Palo Alto Regional Stanford, Calif. June 1, 2012
Waves win 2012 WCC Title May 27, 2012 Pepperdine 5, USD 1 Malibu, Calif. Photos by Jeff Golden and Stephen Wandzura
Pepperdine Waves vs. UC Irvine Anteaters in Dodgertown Classic Dodger Stadium Photos by Jacqueline & Stephen Wandzura
Friday, Feb. 17 at Eddy D. Field Stadium Pepperdine vs. Oklahoma Photos by Stephen Wandzura
CAREER HIGHS: Hits: 5, (2x), last 3/31/12 at Gonzaga; Runs: 4, 2/21/10 vs. Oregon; HR: 1 (13x), Last: 5/19/12 at Loyola Marymount; RBI: 5, Last: 5/15/11 at San Francisco; SB: 3, 3/4/10 at LSU; Hitting Streak: 14g, 4/23/10 - 5/18/10.
2012/JUNIOR: Sever was named WCC Player of the Year and was a first team All-WCC selection ... ABCA/Rawlings All-American second team, Perfect Game All-American second team, Collegiate Baseball All-American third team, CollegeBaseballInsider.com All-American honorable mention, ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region first team ... Was a two-time WCC/ Rawlings Player of the Week (4/16, 5/14) ... Appeared in all 59 games for the Waves as the starting second baseman for the Waves ... Batted .366 to lead the team with six home runs and tallied a team-high 53 RBI ... Also had 16 doubles ... Was named WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week on April 16 after going a combined 8-for-12 as the Waves won a series vs. Portland ... He also tallied two RBI during that series and two doubles .... Also won WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week on May 14 after the Waves swept BYU and Sever went 5-for-11 with six total RBI ... Had a grand slam on Feb. 28 as the Waves defeated USC ... Also had home runs at Louisville (3/3), at UC Riverside (4/10), at Cal State Fullerton (4/17), at Santa Clara (4/21) and at Loyola Marymount (5/19) ... The Waves were 5-1 when Sever hit a home run ... Tied his career high with five hits at Gonzaga, going 5-for-6 with four RBI ... Sever was second in the WCC with 86 hits, second in RBI (53), and third in runs scored (48) ... During conference play he led the WCC with a .389 batting average ... All-WCC Preseason honoree ... Drafted in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB First Year Players' Draft, 653rd pick overall by the Cleveland Indians.
2011/SUMMER: Playing for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League.
2011/SOPHOMORE: All-WCC honoree ... Appeared and started all but one of the Waves 56 games at second base and led the team in most offensive categories, including runs (30), RBI (32), doubles (13), home runs (6) and total bases (89) ... Batted .360 over the final six weeks of the season with five HR and 19 RBI to finish the year with a .279 average ... One of those home runs was a grand slam bashed at San Francisco (5/15) as he finished the game 4-for-5 with a career high five RBI and two stolen bases ... Was the Waves lone grand slam of 2011 ... Registered six multi-RBI games, driving in three runs vs. Santa Barbara (3/1), BYU (4/2), Loyola Marymount (4/23) and Santa Clara (5/8) before exploding for five vs. the Dons ... Tied teammate Brian Humphries with 16 multi-hit games, which included 11 two-hit outings and four three-hit contests in addition to his four-hit performance ... Homered in consecutive games at San Francisco (5/14-15) and was only the second Wave to do so all season along with Chris Amezquita ... Finished three-game set at USF with a .538 average (7-13) two round-trippers and six RBI ... Batted .308 in series vs. Saint Mary's with a home run and four runs driven in ... Against Santa Clara went 6-12 (.583) with two doubles and three RBI all of which came on a game three (5/8) home run ... Hit .329 through 21 games against WCC opponents with five HR, five doubles, 14 runs and 16 RBI ... With the bases loaded hit .571 (4-7) and 13 of his 32 RBI came with two outs ... Raised batting average 30 points with a season-best eight-game hitting streak from April 2 to 16, which included a 3-for-7, two double performance vs. USC (4/12) ... Batted .444 (4-9) in two games vs. UC Santa Barbara and drove in three ... Stole five bases, succeeding in 3-of-4 attempts sliding into third base ... Ranked first among all West Coast Conference infielders with 58 double plays completed and 228 assists ... With shortstop Zach Vincej, helped spin a program single-game record five double plays vs. Gonzaga (5/20) in the first game of their series ...WCC All-Preseason team honoree.
2010/FALL: Batted .300 (6-20) as the Orange Team's second baseman during Pepperdine's Fall World Series ... Clubbed a team best four doubles and scored four runs while driving in three RBI ... Drew two walks, was hit by a pitch and stole a base ... Made one error in 24 chances at his position ... Smacked a two-run double to right center as part of a four-run fifth inning in game one (11/6) and later scored an unearned run on a passed ball ... Led off game two (11/7) with a double and later scored Orange's lone run of the contest in a 2-1 loss ... Drew a walk in leading off game three 911/10) and scored the first of five Orange runs that frame in an eventual 5-2 victory ... In game four (11/13), doubled in and scored a run as part of a two-run fifth inning for Orange in its 4-0 triumph ... Reached base three times in game five (11/14) but twice was thrown out at home plate in the first and third innings.
2010/SUMMER: Played for the Willmar (Minn.) Stingers of the Northwoods League ... Hit .267 with two home runs and 19 RBI ... Ripped six home runs, two home runs and scored 23 runs ... Stole five bases in six attempts ... Hit both round-trippers vs. Alexandria on 7/28 and 8/13 and also enjoyed a three-hit game against the Beetles on 6/9 ... Was his first of four three-hit games during the summer campaign ... Recorded an eight-game hitting streak from 7/1 to 7/10, batting .400 (14-for-25) in six games vs. Mankato, plus individual contests vs. Rochester and Alexandria.
2010/FRESHMAN: WCC Honorable Mention and All-Freshman team selection ... Started all 54 games at second base and led Pepperdine with a .310 batting average, 37 runs scored and three triples ... 13 of his 19 RBI came with two outs as he posted a .420 average with one out to spare and had success advancing runners 49 percent of the time ... Tied for eighth in the conference with a team-high nine stolen bases ... Swiped an individual season game high three bases in loss at No. 1 LSU (3/6) ... One of only three Waves to start and play every game ... With shortstop Zach Vincej turned only the second recorded triple play in Pepperdine history and its first since 1985 during a 9-8 loss at Cal Poly on May 18 ... Against Oregon (2/21), became the first Wave to record five hits in a single game since Steve Kleen did it at Houston on Feb. 20, 2005 ... Also tied a game record with four runs scored against the Ducks - a mark he shares with 27 current and former Waves ... Recorded Pepperdine's longest hitting streak of the year at 14 games from 4/23 to 5/18, a stretch in which he collected six of his 18 multi-hit games and batted .404 (23-for-57) with nine runs and six RBI ... From 2/21 - 2/26, recorded consecutive multi-hit games vs. Oregon (2/21), Cal Poly (2/23) and Cal State Northridge (2/28) in which he ripped 12 hits in 15 at-bats, equaling an .800 batting average ... After going 5-for-5 vs. Oregon, went 3-for-4 vs. the Mustangs and 4-for-6 vs. the Matadors ... Blasted his lone home run - a two-run shot - in a 19-3 win over Brown (3/6) ... Matched his season game high of two RBI in later games vs. East Carolina (3/12) and at Loyola Marymount (5/16) ... Batted .462 in three-game series vs. Lions (5/14-16) with five runs ... Finished the year with a .333 average vs. WCC opponents complete with 12 runs, four extra-base hits and eight RBI ... Defensively, led Pepperdine with 183 assists and posted a .972 fielding percentage ... Tied a season game high (Zach Vincej) with eight assists during shutout victory over Long Beach State (5/5).
2009/FALL: Hit a leadoff solo home run off Robert Dickmann to start game two (11/14) of the Blue and Orange World Series ... Was one of two hits he recorded that weekend, including a single in game three (11/15) ... Thrown out trying to steal second base (3-6) following that single ... Started all three games of series at second base, and in game three, leaped to catch a rising line drive with runners in scoring position.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2009 from Bellarmine College Prep where he was a four-year letterwinner for head coach Gary Cunningham ... Named to the All-Conference and Section first teams, and was voted team MVP, following a senior campaign in which he batted .496 with six home runs, 11 stolen bases and 34 RBI ... As a junior, batted .436 with three home runs, eight stolen bases and drove in 35 runs en route to being named to the All-WCAC first team and All-CCS second team ... Produced 56 hits as a senior, which is the second highest season total in the school's history ... Also lettered in football and received the designation of San Jose High School Athlete of the Year among numerous individual and team accolades ... Collected school's Athlete of the Year Award as well as its General Excellence Award.
CLUB: Played club baseball for California Smoke, Bay Area Baseball, Santa Clara Aztecs and the Atlanta Braves scout team ... Led all players at the Bay Area World Series with six hits as a sophomore ... Named to the North/South All-Start Team and was declared MVP of the Firecracker Fourth of July Tournament.
PERSONAL: Given name is Joseph Albert Sever ... Born and raised in San Jose, Calif. ... Rhetoric and leadership major ... Son of Al and Jana Sever ... Brother to Dana ... Nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterback John Elway ... Chose to attend Pepperdine for its beautiful location and better baseball program.
FAVORITES: Ian Kinsler (pro baseball player) ... San Francisco Giants (pro baseball team) ... Promise Me (book) ... Rudy (movie) ... How I Met Your Mother (TV show) ... Jack Johnson (musical artist) ... Seafood (food) ... Football (sport other than baseball) ... Lists Lance Armstrong as his biggest sports hero.