CAREER: Eric Thames concluded his first season at Pepperdine after transferring from West Valley Junior College in Saratoga, California . . . Used primarily as Waves' designated hitter in 2007 . . . Has great power and speed . . . Possesses good bat control and is a good situational hitter . . . Has a great work ethic and possesses the ability to make the team better.
2007: Played in 53 games, starting all 53 . . . Used primarily as the designated hitter . . . Batted .320 (64-for-200) with 33 runs scored, nine doubles, five triples and a team-leading 44 RBI . . . Totaled 19 multiple-hit games and led the club with 11 multiple-RBI contests . . . .Batted .286 (24-84) with a team-high 17 RBI in WCC play . . . Opened the season by hitting safely in the first seven games, batting .667 (10-15) with six runs, seven RBI, a 1.067 slugging percentage and .773 on-base percentage . . . Went 6-for-9 (.667) with four runs scored and four RBI in season-opening series at UNLV (2/2-2/4) . . . Collected a season-high three hits and scored twice in series-opener versus UC Davis (2-9) . . . Missed next three games due to a wrist injury . . . Returned to the line-up versus No. 11 Wichita State (2-16) and batted .400 (4-for-10) with a run scored, three RBI and reached base in seven of 13 plate appearances . . . Equaled season-high with three hits and established a personal-best with three RBI in Game 2 of series . . . Had seven-game hitting streak snapped in Game 3 against the Shockers, going 0-for-1 and hit three times . . . Equaled a season and career-high with three hits and collected a personal-high four RBI versus UC Irvine (2-27) . . . Was 4-for-8 (.500) with two runs scored and four RBI in two games at Oklahoma State (3/9-3/10) . . . Produced a game-winning, two-out bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th inning vs. Loyola Marymount (4-6) . . . Batted .455 (5-11) with five runs scored, a double and three RBI in three-game series at San Francisco (4/13-4/15) . . . Went 4-for-12 (.333) in three-game series versus Santa Clara (4/20-4/22) . . . Had four hits in eight at-bats (.500) with two runs scored against UCLA and Long Beach State in the Long Beach Regional (6/1-6/2) . . . Batted .372 (19-51) with six runs scored while hitting safely in 11 of last 13 games.
2006 (WEST VALLEY): Selected All-Northern California by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association . . . Also tabbed first team All-Coast South Conference . . . Played in 41 games and batted .376 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and posted a .667 slugging percentage . . . Helped lead the Vikings to a 31-7 overall ranking and a No. 1 final ranking in the Northern California Poll.
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-time West Catholic Athletic League selection at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, California . . . Named team Most Valuable player as a senior in 2004 . . . Ranked in the top three in virtually every offensive category as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born November 10, 1986 . . . A resident of San Jose, California . . . Attended Bellarmine Prep in San Jose . . . Grandfather, Frank, served three tours in Vietnam and was a drill sergeant . . . Father, Vince, was a U.S. Marine . . . Majoring in integrated marketing and communications . . . Considered Louisiana State, North Carolina Greensboro, Stanford and Tennessee before choosing Pepperdine.