Waves Look to Stay Hot as They Welcome Fresno State
Feb. 24, 2012
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Waves (4-1) stay at home this weekend to host the Fresno State Bulldogs (3-2) at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning Friday. The Waves are riding high after a 2-1 series win over then-No. 14 Oklahoma and a sweep of a midseason two-game set against Virginia Commonwealth.
LAST WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine had a strong opening weekend as they took two-of-three from No. 14 Oklahoma. The Waves dropped a close game one, 4-3 on Friday, but came back to win game two, thanks in large part to the pitching performance of sophomore righty Scott Frazier. Frazier threw seven shutout innings to earn the win, and the Waves' bats came alive to drive in 10 runs. Freshman outfielder Aaron Brown had a day with the stick with a team-leading three RBI. On Sunday, despite a rocky start on the mound, freshman Andrew Alvarez entered in the first to stop the bleeding and kept the Waves in the game. Redshirt senior Matt Forgatch and redshirt freshman Bryan Langlois hit the first home runs of the season for the Waves on Sunday. Brown took to the mound in the top of the eighth and preserved the 7-6 win in a shortened game due to the Sooners' travel curfew. The Waves then followed with a two-game sweep of VCU. The Waves bats stayed hot during the series and on the mound strong performances, like sophomore Corey Miller'seight complete shutout innings were highlights.
GETTING THE HONORS: For his outstanding performance last Saturday, sophomore right-hander Scott Frazier was named WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week. The honor, the first of his career, came on the heels of his seven shutout innings of work in a 10-0 win on Saturday, where he allowed only five hits, one walk and struck out a career-high six Sooners. Freshman catcher James Grandprewas named a collegebaseball360.com Primetime Player of the Week, for his efforts as Frazier's signal caller and his steady bat at the plate during the Oklahoma series.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: The Bulldogs opened the season with a four-game home set against Butler, taking three of the four games. Led by sophomore ace Tyler Linehan, who was named a national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and senior left hander Thomas Harlan, who was named Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. Both threw shutouts last weekend. Leading the offense is sophomore outfielder and College Baseball Insider Pre-Season All American Aaron Judge.
EARLY STANDOUTS: With one week in the books, redshirt senior Matt Forgatch leads the team with a .538 batting average courtesy of seven hits in 13 at bats, including a double and a home run. Already a recognized force in the middle of the Waves' lineup, Forgatch also has drawn five walks and been hit by a pitch once. Junior shortstop Zach Vincejleads the team in hits with 10. Pepperdine has tallied 54--four home runs--good for a .323 team batting average.
ON THE MOUND: The Waves pitching staff looked strong over the weekend. Despite taking the loss on Friday, Jon Moscot put on a strong performance. Scott Frazier was lights out in seven innings of scoreless work on Saturday. On Sunday, the Waves bullpen came through in a big way, especially from Andrew Alvarez, who in his collegiate debut came in in a pressure situation in the first inning with no outs to minimize damage and throw 4.0 strong innings, allowing only two hits and striking out one. Sophomores Corey Miller and Matt Maurerpicked up wins in the two mid-week games against VCU.
FRESHMEN PHENOMS: Baseball America's 16th-best recruiting class has yet to disappoint. Freshmen James Grandpre, Austin Davidson and Aaron Brown are all hitting above .350. On the mound, Alvarez has represented the class well with his four innings of quality relief in the Oklahoma series, and fellow right handers Mat Snider, Sean Leary and Quincy Quinteroalso have chipped in with scoreless outings. Brown also has picked up a save, throwing a scoreless 8th in the Sunday game against Oklahoma.
TURNING THE OFFENSE ON: The bats got going for the Waves this weekend, with 10 of 11 batting starters collecting two or more hits and all but two had an RBI in the series. On Saturday the Waves had runners in scoring position in innings. Matt Forgatch and Bryan Langloisboth hit their first career home runs for the Waves in the bottom of the third inning on Sunday. Both were shots to left field.
ENTERING THE RANKINGS: The Waves have cracked the Perfect Game College Top 50 list, entering at No. 50 this week after their 2-1 series victory over Oklahoma, who is now ranked 29th, according to Perfect game.
THE 2012 PEPPERDINE WAVES: This season the Waves boast a strong mix of returners and new faces. The Waves return the entire infield, a strong pitching core led by junior righthander Jon Moscot and sophomore righty Scott Frazier. The team now has a strong pen to close out games with freshman lefty Aaron Brown and sophomore Michael Swanner. The Waves are versatile in the outfield, as th ey can go with experience led by Tony Cooper, David DiPaola and Ryan Van Amburg, or youth with the likes of freshmen Brown and Matt Gelalich.
PRESEASON ALL-WCC: For the second-straight season junior infielder Joe Severwas named an All-WCC preseason selection. Sever is coming off a 2011 season where he was named All-WCC for the first time in his career. He started all 55 games for the Waves as a sophomore and batted .279, with 32 RBI and six home runs.
PRESEASON WCC POLL: The Waves garnered 30 points in a vote by the conference coaches and are picked to finish tied for fifth with Saint Mary's. San Diego 59 points and is picked to win the conference.