Feb. 21, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine opens up a seven-game road trip against Big 12 opponents when it takes on Texas A&M Friday, Feb. 22-24 in College Station. After the three-game series with the Bears, the Waves travel to Waco for a Tuesday contest at Baylor.
COVERAGE: Links to the video broadcasts and live stats/GameTracker will be available on PepperdineSports,com.
WAVES AT AGGIES
- The Aggies and Waves square off for the second straight season in a three-game series.
- Texas A&M swept the series at Pepperdine (4-0, 9-2, 12-5) last season at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
- The two teams split a pair of contests in the 2002 Aggie Continental Airlines Classic in College Station. The Waves lost the inaugural meeting 6-2, but seized a 2-0 victory to close out the tournament vs. the Aggies.
- Aaron Brown hit .400 (4-10), while Sam Meyer batted .300 (3-10) with a home run and three RBI last year against the Aggies.
- Corey Miller struck out five Aggies in 5.1 innings.
- Texas A&M hit .321 in three games vs. the Waves and tallied 10 extra base hits.
- Aggies went 31-12 last season at Olsen Field at Bell Park.
All-Time: Texas A&M leads 4-1
Last Five: Texas A&M leads 4-1
Last 10: N/A
Pepperdine’s last win: 2-0 (2002)
Texas A&M’s last win: 12-5 (2012)
WAVES AT BEARS
- Tuesday is the first meeting between Baylor and Pepperdine.
- Bears entered the season ranked No. 23 by Baseball America.
- Baylor picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 preseason poll.
- Bears posted a 14-2 record vs. non-conference opponents in 2012.
All-Time: First Meeting.
Last Five: First Meeting.
Last 10: First Meeting.
Pepperdine’s last win: First Meeting.
Baylor’s last win: First Meeting.
A LOOK AT THE WAVES
- Pepperdine opened the season at 4-0 for the first time since 2001 after sweeping Western Michigan.
- Waves entered the preseason ranked No. 40 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and are in the receiving votes category in the USA Today and NCBWA polls.
- Waves picked second in the 2013 West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
- Pepperdine picked fifth in 2012 preseason poll and won the WCC title for the first time since 2008.
- Waves return 2/3 of its 2012 weekend rotation along with their midweek starter.
- Pepperdine welcomes 21 letterwinners and five returning position starters to the squad
- So. UT Aaron Brown earned preseason All-American honors from Baseball America (3rd) as selected by Major League scouting directors.
- So. IF Austin Davidson was selected to the All-West Coast Conference Preseason team. Davidson was a member of the 2012 WCC All-Freshman squad.
- Pepperdine owns a 7-3 record in season openers under head coach Steve Rodriguez. The Waves beat UC Irvine 8-7 in 2004 for his first career victory.
- The Waves dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 14 Oklahoma last year in the 2012 lid-lifter, but roared back to take the series 2-1 after downing the Sooners 10-0 and 7-6 in the finale.
- Since 2004, Pepperdine owns a 7-3 record in its first three-game series of the year and have won six straight after sweeping Western Michigan (4-0) in 2013.
- Pepperdine’s seven game road swing in Big 12 country is the longest consecutive game regular season road trip since the 2002 team also played seven straight away.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE WAVES
- Pepperdine swept Western Michigan in a four-game series, outscoring the Broncos 35-10.
- Waves starting rotation allowed four earned runs in 23.2 innings with 22 strikeouts.
- Pepperdine hit .351 as a team and limited WMU to a .187 average with two extra base hits
- Six Wave regulars hit .400 or better, led by Austin Davidson at .500 (8-16).
- Jr. RHP Scott Frazier struck out seven in 7.0 innings, while Jr. RHP Cory Miller punched out eight in 6.0 innings.
Sam Meyer - WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Waves 1B captures first career WCC weekly honor, batting .467 (7-15) with three doubles, home run and eight RBI vs. Western Michigan.
- Meyer posted a slugging percentage of .867 and scored six runs.
WAVES AT THE 2012 NCAA REGIONAL
- Pepperdine competed in its first NCAA Regional since 2008 when it traveled to Palo Alto for the Stanford Regional at Sunken Diamond.
- The Waves opened with a decisive 6-2 win vs. Michigan State and took a 8-5 victory in game three vs. Fresno State behind a grand slam home run from Matt Forgatch.
- Pepperdine lost game two to Stanford 5-4 and were eliminated by the Cardinal 8-7.
UP NEXT FOR PEPPERDINE
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY:
- Pepperdine concludes its seven-game road swing vs. Big 12 opponents when it travels to Norman, Ok. to take on Oklahoma, March 1-3.
- The Waves took two out of three against the Sooners last season at Eddy D. Field Stadium to open the 2012 season.
- The Waves return home to take on Seton Hall in a three-game weekend series March 8-10.
Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports -- one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat -- and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not associated with a BCS conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks No. 54 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.