Waves Expect Tough Test from #25 Cal Poly
TUESDAY’S GAME: Is the final game of a five-game homestand (3-1) and is the first of two meetings this season between Pepperdine and Cal Poly ... Cal Poly is Pepperdine’s first ranked opponent of the year ... Pepperdine plays at Cal Poly on 5/19 at 6 p.m.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Tue vs. Cal Poly: Matt Bywater, lhp (1-0, 1.64) vs. Jeff Johnson, rhp (0-0, 0.00) 3 p.m. PT
Fri at Wichita State: Nathan Newman, rhp (2-0, 1.35) vs. Tim Kelley, rhp (1-0, 1.45) 1 p.m. PT/3 CT
Sat at Wichita State: Scott Alexander, lhp (1-2, 3.63) vs. Charlie Lowell, lhp (2-1, 2.25) Noon PT/2 CT
WAVES vs. MUSTANGS: Pepperdine is 18-9 all-time vs. Cal Poly ... Are 9-3 vs. the Mustangs at home and 9-6 at San Luis Obispo ... Pepperdine and Cal Poly split their two-game set in 2008 with each team winning on the road ... Cal Poly won 10-5 at Malibu (4/8/08) ... The Waves won 8-5 at Baggett Stadium (5/13/08).
WAVES/MUSTANGS ON THE INTERNET/RADIO: Fans can sign up and log in to see and hear Tuesday’s titanic struggle with Cal Poly via Wave Casts at www.pepperdinesports.com ... Everybody’s favorite Manwave Jordan Holm will provide all the play-by-play action ... Tom Barket and Cal Poly SID Eric Burdick can be heard on The Central Coast’s Sports Leader ESPN Radio 1280 based in San Luis Obispo.
NEWMAN REACHES 100K: Congratulations to senior Nathan Newman for reaching the 100 strikeout plateau as a DI pitcher during Friday’s eight strikeout-performance vs. Evansville ... Newman leads the Waves this season with a 2-0 record and 18 K ... He struck out a team high 70 batters in 2008 and recorded 16K as a true freshman at Tulane in 2006.
WAVES WORTH MENTIONING: BleacherReport.com ranked former Wave Danny Worth as the Detroit Tigers’ No. 7 prospect for the 2009 season ... On Worth, columnist Austin Drake wrote, "While most of 2008 was spent at Double-A Erie for Worth, the Tigers have shown that they trust him, promoting him through the levels fairly quickly. Many people believe Worth along with Cale Iorg are the shortstops of the future for Detroit. With the Tigers signing Adam Everett for a single season, you may see Danny Worth in 2010." ... Elsewhere on the web was this note from the Toronto Blue Jays official site, "Keep an eye on OF Eric Thames, a seventh-round pick last summer out of Pepperdine who did not play due to a torn quad muscle. Now healthy, he’s an outstanding athlete making a good impression in camp."
AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: Statistics from the West Coast Conference will be posted late Tuesday morning.
GAUDI ON WATCH & TOP PROSPECTS LISTS: Pepperdine relief pitcher Nick Gaudi has been placed on the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association’s Preseason Stopper of the Year watch list for the second consecutive season ... Gaudi is one of 40 players named to the list ... Gaudi saved a WCC-best 15 games last season en route to a 5-1 record and a .268 ERA ... He is 1-1 this season with two saves and 10K ... Monday, Real Baseball Intelligence announced its March Top 200 draft prospects and Gaudi checked in at #23 ... Real Baseball Intelligence is an industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the amateur baseball draft ... Real Baseball Intelligence scouts hundreds of players each year and its unique TRUE Rank system is 60% more accurate than the average pro team ... RBI’s website has the most free coverage of the draft at withthefirstpick.net.
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguez is in his sixth season as the head coach of Pepperdine Baseball and owns an all-time record of 195-122 (.615) ... Has guided his clubs to three West Coast Conference titles and five NCAA Regional appearances ... Served as an assistant coach under Frank Sanchez from 2000 to 2003 ... Played second base for Pepperdine’s 1992 national championship team.
WAVES AT EDDY D. FIELD STADIUM (5-1, .833): Pepperdine has won four of its five games in come-from-behind fashion, including three in its final at-bat ... Waves won first home series of 2009 this past weekend, taking three of four from Evansville ... Won on Nate Johnson’s 9th-inning sac fly Thursday (4-3) ... Produced its biggest offensive numbers of the season in a 15-5 win Friday ... Split a Saturday doubleheader thanks to a four-run 7th-inning rally in game 2 ... The Waves are entering their 37th season of playing baseball at Eddy D. Field Stadium, where they own an all-time record of 779-295-12 (.723), including a 23-5 (.821) mark in 2008 ... Have not experienced a losing season at home since their first year at Malibu in 1973 ... Pepperdine has won 23 or more games at home five times in the last nine years.
WAVES ON THE ROAD (4-2, .667): Recently finished its longest road trip of the season with a 4-1 record, taking two of three at UC Davis (2/27-2/28) in between wins over USC (2/25) and UCLA (3/3) ... Pepperdine’s win at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium was its first there since 1999 ... Its victory at USC’s Dedeaux Field was just its 19th there and first since 2007 ... Stumbled slightly on the road in 2008, finishing with a 15-16 (.484) record that also includes neutral site games ... Have not posted a winning road record since 2006 (19-10, .655) and claim just four winning seasons on the road this decade ... Since 1973, the Waves’ first season on the Malibu Campus, Pepperdine’s road record is a respectable 572-447-5 (.561).
WAVES IN THE RANKINGS: Rivals.com (10), PING! Baseball (15), Baseball America (11), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (16), Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (22), College Baseball Insider (N/A).
WAVES IN THE STANDINGS: The Waves begin West Coast Conference play on 3/27 at San Diego ... Finished second last year to the Toreros after being swept on the road at the WCC Championship Series ... Since finishing fifth in the WCC in 1983, the Waves have finished first 14 times, second place 10 times and third just once (2007).
BONE MARROW DRIVE SUPPORTING ROBERT CORRALES: In honor of one of its baseball alums L.A. County Sheriff Robert Corrales, the Pepperdine Athletics Department is establishing four bone marrow donor drive dates throughout the spring and is currently accepting volunteers to assist ... Representatives from the National Marrow Donor Program will begin collecting marrow registries on Wednesday, March 25 at both Firestone Fieldhouse (Room 125) and Eddy D. Field Stadium, and again on April 15, 17 and 18 ... For more information on the event or to volunteer please contact Heather Collart with Pepperdine Athletics at (310) 506-6483 ... Corrales was an infielder for the Waves in 1975 and hit .311 with two home runs and 19 RBI for a team that finished 37-13 and 14-2 in the WCAC ... Corrales was diagnosed with leukemia in early 2008 and is currently in search of a bone marrow donor as he undergoes chemotherapy treatments.
THE ROONEY FUND: A fund for Patrick Rooney’s children has recently been established through the assistance of Wells Fargo Bank ... Please visit any Southern California Wells Fargo location for more information on how to contribute or send donations to: Children of Patrick Rooney Fund, c/o Erynn Rooney, Wells Fargo Bank, 20375 East Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886 ... Rooney, a former Pepperdine infielder and brother of current Wave, Colin, died in a January plane crash outside Steamboat Springs, Colo.
GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD: For the first time ever, fan voting will be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2009 ... Fans will be able to vote for their favorite player starting May 26 after USA Baseball officials cut the watch list of players to 30 semifinalists ... USA Baseball officials will unveil the 2009 Golden Spikes Award Watch List on Feb. 17 ... The Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the top amateur player in the country on Wednesday, July 15 in St. Louis as part of the MLB All-Star Game festivities ... For more information, please log onto www.goldenspikesaward.com.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE: Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men’s sports Â one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine’s teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.