THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: After completing its seven-game road trip, Pepperdine returns home to take on Seton Hall in a three-game series beginning Friday, March 8 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. After taking on the Pirates, the Waves will travel to USC for a Tuesday contest at Dedeaux Field.
COVERAGE: All games in the Seton Hall series will feature a live video broadcast via WaveCasts. Links to the video broadcasts and GameTracker will be available on PepperdineSports,com.
A LOOK AT THE WAVES
Pepperdine just concluded a stretch of eight consecutive games vs. top-25 opponents and posted a 3-5 record with a road series victory at No. 24 Texas A&M.
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
WAVES VS. PIRATES
The Waves and Pirates square off for the first time this week in a three-game non-conference series in Malibu.
Seton Hall enters the weekend winless in 2013 at 0-9 after dropping a 2-1 decision Wednesday at San Diego.
Seton Hall continues its seven-game West Coast swing after taking on San Diego State last weekend at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Pirates suffered a sweep at the Aztecs.
The Waves last series against a Big East foe came last season at No. 14 Louisville. The Cardinals won the series 2-1.
Pepperdine hosts its first current member of the Big East since welcoming Louisville to Malibu in 2011. The Waves suffered a three-game sweep.
SERIES CAPSULE All-Time: First Meeting. Last Five: N/A. Last 10: N/A. Pepperdine’s last win: First Meeting. Seton Hall’s last win: First Meeting.
A LOOK AT THE TROJANS
The Trojans enter the weekend with a 6-6 record and will take on three formidable opponents: No. 17 Oklahoma (Fri.), No. 22 Notre Dame (Sat.) and crosstown rival No. 12 UCLA (Sun.) at Dedeaux Field.
The Waves and Trojans split two games last season with each team winning on its home field.
SERIES CAPSULE All-Time: USC leads 76-37. Last Five: USC 4-1. Last 10: USC 6-4. Pepperdine’s last win: 7-2 (2/28/12). USC’s last win: 5-4 (4/3/12).
OKLAHOMA SERIES RECAP
Pepperdine dropped a series at No. 10 Oklahoma 2-1.
In what was anticipated to be a series dominated by pitching, the bats excelled scoring a combined 35 runs.
The Waves hit just .214 against the Sooners and committed seven errors.
The Waves had more extra base hits (10) than Oklahoma (8), but the Sooners hit five homers.
Corey Miller collected Pepperdine’s game one victory, going 6.1 innings with two strikeouts.
Pepperdine posted a four-run ninth in Saturday’s 7-2 victory and had a six-run fourth in Friday’s 10-7 loss.
UP NEXT FOR PEPPERDINE
Pepperdine travels to Los Angeles to take on local rival USC Tuesday, March 12. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. It is the first of two games against the Trojans this season. The Waves welcome USC to Malibu Tuesday, April 30.
The Waves open defense of their West Coast Conference Championship when it hosts longtime rival Loyola Marymount in the 2013 league opener for both teams, beginning Friday, March 15 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. First pitch against the Lions is set for 3:00 p.m.
The Waves rank second in the WCC in team ERA (3.30), share the lead in saves (2) and rate third in walks (33).
Pepperdine’s weekend starting rotation enters the series vs. Seton Hall with a staff ERA of 3.39, allowing 20 earned runs off 55 hits in 53 innings and owns a strikeout/walk ratio of 30/7.
The Waves staff has allowed 12 extra base hits in 2013.
Jr. LHP Corey Miller collected his 10th career win at Oklahoma (3/2).
Jr. RHP Scott Frazier posted his 10th career win at Texas A&M (2/22)
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), appearances (7) and leads all relievers in strikeouts (8)
Jr. RHP Michael Swanner collected his 10th career save at Texas A&M (2/24) and had two in the series vs. the Aggies.
Swanner leads Pepperdine in saves (2).
Pepperdine leads the WCC in doubles (31) and is third in homers (4).
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 .341 with two doubles and seven RBI.
Jr. OF Chris Amezquita has 12 hits in 2013, with six doubles, a homer and five RBI.
Pepperdine is third in the WCC in fielding percentage (.972) and has committed 13 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 11 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 (7) and is batting .324 with six RBI.
Waves 1B captured first career WCC weekly honor, batting .467 (7-15) with three doubles, home run and eight RBI vs. Western Michigan.
Meyer is batting .289 with four doubles, two home runs and a team-high 13 RBI this 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.