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Pepperdine Opens Three-Game Series Against Cal Poly On Friday


Feb. 10, 2005

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THIS WEEK: The Pepperdine baseball team returns home this week to host Cal Poly in a three-game series that opens Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m. The series continues with 1 p.m. contests on Saturday and Sunday.

The Waves opened their 2005 campaign last weekend and after posting an 8-4 victory at UC Santa Barbara on Friday, dropped the final two games of the series.

WAVES ON THE INTERNET: A total of 33 regular-season Pepperdine baseball games will be broadcast live on the Internet with Bill Schindler handling the play-by-play. All post-season games involving the Waves will also be broadcast live on the Internet at

UC SANTA BARBARA RECAP: Pepperdine opened its season last week and lost two of three to UC Santa Barbara. The Waves registered a season-opening 8-4 victory on Friday before falling 12-9 in 11 innings on Saturday and 12-2 in Sunday's series finale. Pepperdine used the long ball in Friday's victory as sophomore catcher Chad Tracy, senior designated hitter Ryan Beglin and senior third baseman Patrick Rooney clubbed home runs. Tracy led the Waves, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI while Beglin had two RBI and freshman freshman center fielder Ardian Ortiz had two hits in his collegiate debut. Senior right hander Kea Kometani started for Pepperdine and earned the victory after working five innings, scattering seven hits, allowing four earned runs, two walks and striking out four. Junior left-hander Paul Coleman pitched four hitless innings of relief, walking one and striking out a career-high seven batters. In Game 2, Pepperdine rallied from five and four run deficits, to pull even at 9-9, before falling 12-9 in 11 innings at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, the final run crossing the plate on a wild pitch. The game was halted after nine innings and resumed Sunday in Santa Barbara. The Gauchos scored three runs in the 11th inning to post the win and even the series. UC Santa Barbara took advantage of 12 walks, six of which scored, against seven Pepperdine pitchers. Senior first baseman/pitcher Steve Kleen led the Waves offensively, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and four RBI. Three of his RBI came on a first-inning home run. In the series finale, the Gauchos collected 18 hits in a 12-2 win. UC Santa Barbara took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first and broke the game open with a six-run third inning. Pepperdine pitching struck out 26 batters in the series but surrendered 20 walks and 41 hits.

FRIDAY'S STARTER: Senior right hander Kea Kometani will make his second start of the season on Friday against Cal Poly. Kometani worked the season-opener at UC Santa Barbara last Friday and earned the win after pitching five innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, two walks and striking out four. The start against the Gauchos moved Kometani into a tie for eighth place on Pepperdine's all-time appearance list with 72. He is currently tied with Jacob Barrack (2001-04) and Jay Adams (1998-2001) and Friday's start against Cal Poly will tie him for seventh place with Victor Rollo (1982-85). Kometani received honorable mention All-West Coast Conference (WCC) honors a year ago after posting an 8-6 record and 4.05 ERA.

ABOUT CAL POLY: Cal Poly enters this week with a 6-3 record after dropping two of three at home to San Jose State over the weekend. The Mustangs suffered a 15-2 setback to the Spartans in Friday's series-opener before evening the series, 8-7 on Saturday and dropping the series-finale 13-6 on Sunday. Cal Poly opened the 2005 season with a 5-1 mark after sweeping San Diego to open the year and taking two of three at UCLA. The Mustangs are currently batting .310 as a team and have a collective ERA of 6.53. Junior outfielder Jimmy Van Ostrand has been Cal Poly's hottest hitter, posting a .432 average. Junior first baseman Bret Berglund is the Mustangs' top run-producer with 14 RBI. Junior left-handed reliever Frank McLaughlin leads Cal Poly with five appearances and has posted a 2-0 record. Head coach Larry Lee, who played at Pepperdine in 1982 and 1983, is in the midst of his third season skippering the Mustangs and has compiled an overall record to date of 71-54 (.568).

SERIES VERSUS CAL POLY: Friday's game between Cal Poly and Pepperdine the mark the 19th meeting between the two programs since 1970, with the Waves leading the all-time series, 11-7. The two teams last met during the 2004 season and the Mustangs swept a three-game series at Baggett Stadium. Cal Poly won by scores of 4-2, 8-8 in 10 innings and 4-1. Pepperdine's last win over the Mustangs was a 9-4 victory at Eddy D. Field Stadium in 2001.

ON DECK: Following this weekend's series, Pepperdine heads out on the road when it travels Houston to take on the Cougars in a three-game series at Cougar Field. The series opens on Friday, February 18 beginning at 5 p.m. The two teams play at 5 p.m. on Saturday before concluding the series with an 11 a.m. contest on Sunday.

WAVES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Pepperdine entered the 2005 campaign pre-season ranked No. 29 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 32 by Baseball America. The Waves are currently unranked.

David Uribes TIES SINGLE-SEASON RUNS RECORD: Sophomore second baseman David Uribes tied the Pepperdine singel-season runs record in 2004 with 74. He equaled the mark established by Ryan Christenson (1993-95) who totaled 74 in 1995.

URIBES NEARING TOP 10 IN RUNS SCORED: Heading into the 2005 season, junior shortstop David Uribes is nearing the Pepperdine's career Top 10 in runs scored. After equaling the single-season runs scored list with 74 last year, Uribes is 25 runs scored shy of tying Scott Shockey (1986-89) for 10th place. He currently has 123 runs scored. Current Waves assistant coach Rick Hirtenstiner (1986-89) in the all-time leader in runs scored with 228.

Kea Kometani NO. 8 ON ALL-TIME APPEARANCE LIST: Senior right hander Kea Kometani ranks No. 8 on Pepperdine's all-time appearance list with 72. He tied Jacob Barrack (1002-04) and Jay Adams (1998-2001) for eighth place with his start against UC Santa Barbara on Friday.

Steve Kleen NO. 11 ON All-TIME APPEARANCE LIST: Senior right hander Steve Kleen begansthe 2005 season No. 11 on Pepperdine's all-time appearance list with 68. With his relief appearance against UC Santa Barbara, Kleen has appeared in 69 games during his Waves' career. He is three outings shy of moving into the Top 10.

KLEEN EXTENDS HITTING STREAK: Senior Steve Kleenm who brought a 17-game hitting into the 2005 season extended that mark to 20 after hitting safely in all three games against UC Santa Barbara last weekend. Kleen concluded the 2004 campaign with a career and team-high 17-game hitting streak. Over his last 20 games, Kleen is batting .422 (38-for-90) with 23 runs scored, nine doubles, three home runs and 26 RBI.

ROOKIE DEBUTS: Pepperdine began the 2005 season with 13 newcomers and head coach Steve Rodriguez wasted little time in welcoming them to college baseball. During last weekend's three-game series against UC Santa Barbara, 10 first-year players made their debuts, including seven freshmen. Freshman center fielder Adrian Ortiz was immediately inserted into the Waves starting line-up as the club's leadoff hitter and went 6-for-16 (.375) with two runs scored, two RBI and doubled twice. He had two hits in each game and showed his defensive skills by throwing a runner out at third base from right-center field. Freshmen Donald Brown and Danny Worth made their collegiate debuts on Saturday and sparked Pepperdine's four-run ninth inning with back-to-back pinch hits to lead off the inning. Other first-year players who made their debuts were freshmen Jason Dominguez, Drew Saberhagen, Barry Enright and Brian Ozols as well as junior college transfers Lucas Gingrich, Dylan Gonzalez and Bryan Minkel. Dominguez saw action in the outfield and on the mound.

OFFENSIVE NOTES: Through three games this season, Pepperdine is batting .303 as a team and 13 of 16 players who have had at least one plate appearance have hits...Senior shortstop David Uribes and freshman center fielder Adrian Ortiz lead the Waves with six hits each...Uribes is also tied with sophomore catcher Chad Tracy for the team-lead in runs scored with four and has a team-high two doubles...Tracy and senior first baseman Steve Kleen lead the club with five RBI...Kleen, Tracy, senior third baseman Patrick Rooney and senior designated hitter Ryan Beglin have one home run apiece...

PITCHING NOTES: After three games this season, Pepperdine has a team ERA of 8.36...Opponents are batting .342 against the Waves...Pepperdine struggled throwing strikes in its opening series as Waves hurlers issued 20 walks, 11 of which scored...Twelve of those walks were allowed by seven pitchers in Saturday's 12-9, 11-inning loss...The 12 walks are the most in a game by Pepperdine since it surrendered 11 at Missouri on February 12, 2000...In the three-game series, 13 pitchers took to the mound, including six who made their collegiate debut...Senior right hander Kea Kometani has the longest outing of any Waves' hurler as he went five innings in a strating role on Friday...Junior left-hander Paul Coleman had a strong outing as he worked four innings of relief and struck out a career-high seven batters on Friday.

PEPPERDINE PICKED SECOND IN WCC: For the first time since the 1999 season, Pepperdine was not tabbed to win the West Coast Conference (WCC) in the preseason coaches' poll. Loyola Marymount received a total of 44 points, including three first-place votes, in the balloting. The Waves, who also received three first-place votes, totaled 43 points to finish second. San Diego (40) was third and was followed by Santa Clara (32), Gonzaga (22), San Francisco (21), Saint Mary's (14) and Portland (8).

THREE WAVES NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Senior right hander Kea Kometani, junior shortstop David Uribes and freshman outfielder Adrian Ortiz received preseason All-West Coast Conference (WCC) honors in a poll of league coaches conducted by Baseball America. Additionally, Ortiz was tabbed "Freshman of the Year", ranked as the WCC's top newcomer and fastest baserunner.

BEST TOOLS: In a poll of league coaches conducted by Baseball America, senior right hander Kea Kometani was selected the West Coast Conference's (WCC) pitcher with the best control while junior David Uribes was tabbed the conference's best baserunner and senior Patrick Rooney was give the nod as the top defensive third baseman. Freshman utility player Jason Dominguez was chosen as the league's third-best newcomer.

WAVES IN SEASON OPENERS: Friday's game against UC Santa Barbara marked the 66th season-opener in Pepperdine history. Since 1954, the Waves have compiled an all-time record of 34-16-1 in season-openers. Pepperdine has won five straight and seven of eight, including Friday's 8-4 win over the Gauchos.

WAVES IN HOME OPENERS: Saturday's contest against UC Santa Barbara marked the 66th home-opener for the Waves. Since 1970, Pepperdine has compiled an overall mark of 28-8 and had its four-game winning streak snapped following Saturday's 12-9 11-inning loss to the Gauchos. Since their first season in Eddy D. Field Stadium in 1973, the Waves are 25-8 in home-openers.

WAVES POST 27 STRAIGHT 30-WIN SEASONS: The 2004 campaign marked the 27th consecutive season that Pepperdine has won at least 30 games. The Waves were 30-32 in 2004. Dating back to the 1978 season, the Waves have totaled at least 30 wins every year, 40 games 11 times and posted two-50-win campaigns during that time.

TRACY NAMED FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN: Rookie catcher Chad Tracy was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball last season. Tracy is currently batted .320 with 15 doubles, 12 home runs, 47 RBI, 23 multiple hit and 14 multiple RBI games, .539 slugging percentage and .353 on-base average. The first-year backstop was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Player of the Month for March after batting a team-high .449 (31-for-69) in 16 games for the Waves.

PEPPERDINE DOMINANT FORCE IN WCC: Since the West Coast Conference (WCC) implemented divisional play in 1999, Pepperdine has been the conference's dominant team, compiling a six-year WCC record of 129-52 (.713), an average of 21.3 wins per season, captured six divisional crowns and appeared in the WCC Championship Series each year of its existence. Over that same time period, San Diego has the second-best league mark, registering a 102-77-1 (.557) record, claiming two divisional titles and winning two WCC Championship Series.

WAVES WIN 14TH WCC CHAMPIONSHIP: Last year's sweep of Loyola Marymount in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championship Series marked the 14th conference title for Pepperdine, the most by any of the eight teams in the league. Since the WCC was re-instituted for baseball prior to the 1985 season, the Waves have either won or shared 11 of the last 20 league championships. Additionally, since the WCC went to a two-division format in 1999, Pepperdine is the only member to appear in all six conference championship series. Last year's WCC title was the Waves first since 2001 when they went 42-18 and finished the year with a national Top 20 ranking.

Jacob Barrack SELECTED IN 2004 FIRST YEAR PLAYER DRAFT: For the 13th consecutive year, Pepperdine had at least one player taken in Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft in 2004. Senior right hander Jacob Barrack was picked in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies bringing the all-time number of times a player has been drafted to 115. Pepperdine has had at least one player taken in the annual draft every year since 1992 and 29 of the last 30 years.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Since Eddy D. Field Stadium opened in 1973, Pepperdine has been a tough team to beat at home, compiling an overall record to date of 687-260-13 (.722) and registering just one losing season in 31 years. The Waves were 9-12 in the inaugural season of 1973 and since then has produced 29 winning seasons in the last 31 years, including a 15-12 record in 2004. The Waves have had 27 straight winning seasons at home. Pepperdine finished .500 (11-11-2) in 1977. The Waves are 0-1 in 2005.

WAVES AMONG TOP TEAMS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Since 1979, Pepperdine is the second winningest program in Southern California, trailing only Cal State Fullerton heading into the 2005 season. The Waves have registered a 1,006-523 (.658) record and made 15 NCAA Tournament appearances during that time. Cal State Fullerton has compiled an overall record of 1,158-493 (.701) and made 21 NCAA appearances. Pepperdine's 15 NCAA Tournament appearances are second behind the Titans and tie USC.

THE PROGRAM: In its 66th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine baseball program has compiled an all-time mark to date of 1,669-1,180-22 (.585). The Waves have advanced to the NCAA Championships on 21 occasions, and Pepperdine has participated at the College World Series twice--finishing third in 1979 and winning the national title in 1992. Pepperdine has won 30 or more games in each of the last 26 seasons dating back to 1978, and surpassed the 40-win mark on 11 occasions during that time span. Since the West Coast Conference was re-instituted for baseball prior to the 1985 season, Pepperdine has either won or shared 11 of the last 20 league championships. Dating back to the start of the 1985 campaign, Pepperdine has compiled a cumulative record of 773-412-11 (.651), including a 430-144-2 (.748) mark against league opponents.

Steve Rodriguez: Steve Rodriguez, a former collegiate All-American and a member of Pepperdine's 1992 College World Series Championship team, is in the midst of second season as the Waves' head coach. Rodriguez was hired on June 18, 2004 after serving as an assistant for four years under Frank Sanchez, who took a permanent medical leave of-absence on June 5th after seven seasons as Pepperdine's head coach. Rodriguez guided Pepperdine to a 30-32 overall record and the West Coast Conference (WCC) championship, becoming the fifth head coach in program history to lead his club to post-season play in his rookie season, joining Gary Marks (1963), Dave Gorrie (1979), Andy Lopez (1989) and Pat Harison (1995). During Rodriguez' four seasons as an assistant, the Waves compiled an overall record of 145-98 (.597), including an 88-32 mark in WCC play, captured the conference title in 2001 and made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001 and 2003. Rodriguez, who earned All-American honors in 1991 and 1992, became only the third former Pepperdine player to assume the head coaching duties for the Waves in the program's 64-year history. Gary Marks became the first Pepperdine player to pilot the program when he skippered the program from 1963-67. Gail Hopkins, who played at Pepperdine from 1962-64, coached the Waves during the 1968 season. Rodriguez was a fifth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1992 after helping the Waves' to the national championship and being named the WCC's "Player of the Year." He played professionally for seven years with the Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos organizations. Rodriguez made it to the major league level with the Red Sox and Tigers in 1995. As a sophomore in 1991, Rodriguez batted .419, the second-highest single-season average in school history. His 104 base hits in 1991 are a Pepperdine record, and his .367 career average ranks second all-time in Waves' history.

WAVES AT HOME: Since 1997, the Waves are 163-78 (.676) in games played at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves' all-time home record at Eddy D. Field Stadium, dating back to the start of the 1973 season, currently stands at 687-259-13 (.723). Pepperdine finished 23-12 in 2003 and concluded this season with a 15-12 mark.

WAVES ON THE ROAD: Since 1997, Waves are 121-116 (.510) in games played on the road. Pepperdine completed the 2004 campaign with a 15-20 road record. It marked the Waves first losing season on the road since 2002. Pepperdine is 1-0 in 2005.

SPORTS INFORMATION HOTLINE: For updated information concerning Pepperdine athletics, including results and a schedule of upcoming events, please contact the Pepperdine Sports Information Hotline at 310-506-7373. The hotline will be updated on a regular basis throughout the course of the 2004-2005 school year.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the baseball program, or to arrange interviews with players and the coaching staff, please contact Al Barba at the Pepperdine Sports Information Office by calling (310) 506-4455.



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