Waves Tabbed Second in WCC Poll, Three Players Named to Preseason Team
Jan. 29, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The 2014 West Coast Conference Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll and All-WCC team was released today and Pepperdine was tabbed to finish second. A trio of Waves were also named to the preseason all-conference squad.
Juniors Austin Davidson (INF), Kolten Yamaguchi (C) and Aaron Brown (LHP) all got nods on the All-WCC list. It is Davidson's second time garnering the preseason honor and the first for both Yamaguchi and Brown. Pepperdine and San Francisco led the way with three players each named to the Preseason All-WCC Team.
Yamaguchi led the team's regular starters with a .309 average last season and a .473 slugging percentage on his way to 34 hits and 18 RBI. Davidson posted a team high 58 hits in 2013, driving in 24 runs and hitting .287. Brown led the way in the win category for the Waves' pitching staff last year, posting a 6-3 record in 12 starts. He also did damage from the plate, hitting .313 in 48 at-bats with a pair of homers. Davidson and Yamaguchi were both named to the All-WCC team at the end of last season.
The Waves tallied 68 total points in the coaches poll, with one first place vote, to sit behind defending WCC Tournament Champion San Diego (76 points, 6 first place). Four teams received first place votes in the poll. San Francisco finished just behind the Waves in the voting with 66 points (2 first place) and Loyola Marymount (56 points) and Gonzaga (51 points) rounded out the top five. BYU garnered the lone remaining first place vote, finishing sixth in the poll.
This is the second straight year Pepperdine has been selected second in the coaches poll. The Waves won the WCC title in 2012 and finished fifth last season.
Pepperdine opens the season with a three game series against St. John's beginning on Feb. 14 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves have eight straight home games to kick off the 2014 campaign, also facing Long Beach State, Utah Valley and Keio University (exhibition) in February.
2014 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll