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Waves Open Four-Game Series With Columbia on Friday


GAMES 10-13

#24 Pepperdine (6-3, 0-0 WCC) vs. Columbia (0-4, 0-0 Ivy League)

When: Friday, Mar 7 (2 p.m.), Saturday, Mar. 8 (11 a.m. DH), Sunday, Mar. 9 (1 p.m.)

Where: Malibu, Calif. -- Eddy D. Field Stadium



This is the first time the Waves and Lions will meet.

Media: Live Stats/Audio/Video available at



Game #1

PEPPERDINE RHP Nathan Newman (1-1, 5.40 ERA)

COLUMBIA To Be Announced


Game #2

PEPPERDINE To Be Announced

COLUMBIA To Be Announced


Game #3

PEPPERDINE LHP Scott Alexander (1-1, 3.38 ERA)

COLUMBIA To Be Announced


Game #4

PEPPERDINE To Be Announced

COLUMBIA To Be Announced




• This will be the first meeting between the Waves and Lions.

• Pepperdine has only played one Ivy League school in their history, Dartmouth, during the 2006 season. The Waves won 2 of 3 from the Big Green.

• Pepperdine split its midweek series with USC, claiming a 10-5 win in Malibu on 3/4 before falling 5-1 in Los Angeles on 3/5.

• The Waves are in the midst of a six-game week, which began on Tuesday and concludes on Sunday.

• The Waves are currently ranked #24 by, #29 by Collegiate Baseball, #29 by the NCBWA and are receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll.

• The Waves were picked to finish second in the conference as voted on by the league’s coaches.

• Pepperdine is coming off their 30th consecutive 30-win season and posted a winning percentage above .600 for the third straight season.



3B Bryce Mendonca, 2008 Stats: .459, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 9 SB

DH Matt Aidem, 2008 Stats: .375, 1 HR, 8 RBI

SS Chase d'Arnaud, 2008 Stats: .364, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 5 SB

LF Eric Thames, 2008 Stats: .371, 1 HR, 10 RBI

C Trent Diedrich, 2008 Stats: .348, 1 HR, 5 RBI

RF Donald Brown, 2008 Stats: .185, 0 HR, 6 RBI

1B Ryan Heroy, 2008 Stats: .269, 0 HR, 8 RBI

2B Denny Duron, 2008 Stats: .200, 1 HR, 7 RBI

CF Nate Simon, 2008 Stats: .400, 0 HR, 5 RBI




• Pepperdine closer Nick Gaudi sports an unblemished 0.00 ERA and is 1-0 with three saves and eight strikeouts in 6.1 IP.           

• Pepperdine freshman starting pitchers Scott Alexander and Matt Bywater have combined to go 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 26 innings of work.

• Brett Hunter added another award this week to his impressive 2008 preseason accolade list, as he was named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch List. Earlier this season, Hunter was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List and the Golden Spikes Watch List, and was named a preseason first-team All-American.  Hunter was also named the WCC Pitcher of the Week on 2/25.

• Pepperdine led the WCC in team ERA in 2007, as Waves pitchers accumulated a 3.33 ERA.The Waves also led the conference in saves (17) and finished second in batting average against (.255).

•  Pepperdine pitchers have accumulated a 4.56 ERA, a .265 BAA, allowed opposing hitters to slug only .364 and have yielded only 31 walks in 77 IP while fanning 68 batters.


2008 HONORS:

Brett Hunter has notched four preseason awards, as he was named a Preseason first-team All-American by Baseball America and to the Brooks Wallace, Golden Spikes, and Roger Clemens Award Watch Lists. Additionally, Hunter was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week on 2/25. At the Minnesota Dairy Queen Classic, Nathan Newman, Chase d'Arnaud, Bryce Mendonca and Eric Thames were named to the All-Tournament Team.



Steve Rodriguez, a member of Pepperdine’s 1992 national championship team, begins his fifth season as the Waves’ head baseball coach in 2008. Since taking over the reins, Rodriguez has compiled a 148-98 (.601) record, including a 69-33 (.677) mark in West Coast Conference play. He led the Waves to three consecutive WCC titles (2004-06) and his teams have made NCAA Championships appearances all four years (2004-07). The 2007 season saw the Waves post a winning percentage above .600 for the third consecutive season and the program won at least 30 games for the 30th consecutive season. Pepperdine was ranked as high as #7 nationally at one point. Under Rodriguez’s guidance, the Waves tied a school-record with nine players taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft in June 2007.



Single-game tickets to all baseball games are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free to all Pepperdine students and faculty with a university ID.



Live video and live statistics will be available for all home games at Go to the "Wave Casts" link toward the top of the page.



Nickname: Lions

Head Coach: Brett Boretti

2007 Record: 16-28-1



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