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Waves Take on No. 10 Oklahoma This Weekend in Norman

Nate Johnson and the Waves set to take on No. 10 Sooners Nate Johnson and the Waves set to take on No. 10 Sooners
 
 

Feb. 28, 2013

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THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine wraps up its seven-game road trip with a tough three-game series at No. 10 Oklahoma, beginning Friday afternoon in Norman at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Waves are taking on the Sooners in a series for the second consecutive year and opened the 2012 campaign with a 2-1 series win in Malibu at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

WAVES AT SOONERS

  • The Waves and Sooners square off for the second straight season in a three-game series.
  • Pepperdine posted a 2-1 series victory vs. then-No. 14 Oklahoma last season at Eddy D. Field Stadium (3-4, 10-0, 7-6 (8)).
  • James Grandpre enjoyed a strong series vs. Oklahoma, batting .400 (4-10) with a pair of RBI.
  • RHP Scott Frazier tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing five hits with six strikeouts.
  • RHP Michael Swanner earned a relief victory.
  • The Sooners hit .242 in the series against the Waves and recorded four extra base hits. Oklahoma pitching posted a 7.12 ERA in the three games.
  • Pepperdine won the first meeting between the two schools in a 10-1 triumph to open the 1988 Tempe Regional. The Waves won their opening three games in the Regional before being eliminated in consecutive losses to host Arizona State.
  • Pepperdine is playing its second straight Big 12 opponent on the road. The Waves lost 5-4 at Baylor on Tuesday in Waco, Texas.

A LOOK AT THE SOONERS

  • The Sooners are off to an unblemished 9-0 start and is one of 13 unbeaten Division I squads
  • Oklahoma posted a 42-25 record and marched to the Columbia Super Regional last season.
  • The Sooners were picked to win the 2013 Big 12 Championship

SERIES CAPSULE
All-Time:
PEP leads 3-1.
Last Five:
N/A.
Last 10:
N/A.
Pepperdine’s last win:
7-6 (2/19/12).
Oklahoma’s last win:
4-3 (2/17/12)

COVERAGE: All games in the series at No. 10 Oklahoma will feature a live video broadcast and Sunday’s game will be carried on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. Links to the video broadcasts and GameTracker will be available on PepperdineSports,com.

A LOOK AT THE WAVES

  • Entering the series against No. 10 Oklahoma, Pepperdine will play a total of eight straight games vs. top-25 opponents.
  • 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

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE WAVES

  • After two comeback wins in Texas, Pepperdine could not make it three as Baylor overcame a 4-0 deficit for a walk-off 5-4 win Tuesday night.
  • Pepperdine scored four runs in the fourth but could not hold.
  • The Waves managed a season-low three hits in the contest.
  • Matt Maurer struck out five in 6.2 innings
  • Nate Johnson collected his team-leading fifth double of the year.

TEXAS A&M SERIES RECAP

  • The Waves took their second straight series and first road decisions at Texas A&M.
  • Both of Pepperdine’s victories were comebacks. The Waves tacked on the winning run Sunday in the ninth in a 2-1 win and plated three in the eighth of a 5-3 triumph.
  • Pepperdine was swept last season at home by the Aggies.
  • Friday’s 5-3 win was the first vs. the SEC since taking a 4-3 victory vs. Arkansas in the 2008 Stanford Regional.
  • Eric Karch (3-0) collected both wins in relief and Michael Swanner posted saves in both.

ROTATION NOTES

  • The Waves lead the WCC in team ERA (2.75) and innings (78.2) and rate second in strikeouts (68).
  • Pepperdine’s weekend starting rotation enters the series at No. 10 Oklahoma with a staff ERA of 2.21, allowing nine earned runs off 34 hits in 36.2 innings and owns a strikeout/walk ratio of 30/7.
  • The Waves staff has allowed five extra base hits in 2013.
  • Jr. RHP Scott Frazier posted his 10th career win at Texas A&M (2/22)
  • Fr. LHP Jackson McClelland earned his first career victory vs. Western Michigan (2/16)

FROM THE BULLPEN

  • Jr. RHP Eric Karch collected a pair of victories in relief at Texas A&M and now has 10 career wins for the Waves.
  • Karch leads Pepperdine in wins (3) and appearances (6)
  • Jr. RHP Michael Swanner collected his 10th career save at Texas A&M Sunday and had two in the series vs. the Aggies.
  • Swanner leads Pepperdine in saves (2) and leads all relievers in strikeouts (7)

HITTING NOTES

  • Pepperdine leads the WCC in doubles (23) and is second in hits (81).
  • Sr. 1B Sam Meyer saw a 12-game hitting streak (dating to last season) come to an end with a 0-for-3 day at Baylor (2/26).
  • After receiving just five at-bats in limited action during his first two seasons with the Waves, Jr. OF Ranny Lowe is capitalizing on his opportunity, batting a team-high .355 with two doubles and seven RBI.
  • Fr. DH David Oppenheim has contributed for the Waves and is hitting .333 with two RBI in his first two weeks at the collegiate level.

DEFENSIVE NOTES

  • Pepperdine leads the WCC in fielding percentage (.983) and has committed a league-low nine errors.
  • The Waves are starting a pair of true freshman up the middle this season: Fr. 2B Hutton Moyer and Fr. SS Cody Nulph. The duo has committed just two errors this season while combining on nine double plays.
  • Moyer is the son of veteran MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer.

WELCOME BACK NATE

  • After missing 2012 with an injury, Nate Johnson is off to a fast start and leads the team in doubles (5) and is batting .346 with four RBI.
  • The senior C has thrown out three baserunners.

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 to open senior season.

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.

2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
The West Coast Conference will resume its Baseball Championship this season with a brand new format. Four teams will compete in the 2013 WCC Championships at Banner Island Ballpark May 23-25 in Stockton. It is the first neutral site for the conference championship and will be hosted by the Stockton Ports in cooperation with the Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau. Banner Island Ballpark will host the top four teams from the WCC in the Championship, with a practice day taking place on May 22, and competition from the 23-25.

UP NEXT FOR PEPPERDINE

  • Pepperdine returns home to take on Seton Hall in a three-game weekend series March 8-10.
  • The Waves are also set to play an exhibition game Thursday against a touring Japanese team Thursday, March 7 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.

The Last Meeting
Oklahoma6  
Pepperdine78
February 19, 2012
Malibu, Calif.
Waves Pull Out 7-6 Victory to Take Series Over No. 14 Sooners
In a game shortened to eight innings due to Oklahoma's travel plans, the Pepperdine baseball team defeated the No. 14 Sooners 7-6 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves bats were again hot today, tallying 11 hits, including a pair of home runs and an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, which plated the eventual winning run.

The Last Meeting
Oklahoma6  
Pepperdine78
February 19, 2012
Malibu, Calif.
Waves Pull Out 7-6 Victory to Take Series Over No. 14 Sooners
In a game shortened to eight innings due to Oklahoma's travel plans, the Pepperdine baseball team defeated the No. 14 Sooners 7-6 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves bats were again hot today, tallying 11 hits, including a pair of home runs and an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, which plated the eventual winning run.

The Last Meeting
Oklahoma6  
Pepperdine78
February 19, 2012
Malibu, Calif.
Waves Pull Out 7-6 Victory to Take Series Over No. 14 Sooners
In a game shortened to eight innings due to Oklahoma's travel plans, the Pepperdine baseball team defeated the No. 14 Sooners 7-6 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves bats were again hot today, tallying 11 hits, including a pair of home runs and an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, which plated the eventual winning run.

 


 

 

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