Louisville Rolls Into Malibu For Three-Game Weekend Series
March 10, 2011
Friday vs. Louisville
Aaron Gates, lhp (0-2, 3.50 ERA) vs. Matt Koch, rhp (1-1, 2.37 ERA)
2 p.m./Wave Casts
Saturday vs. Louisville
Jon Moscot, rhp (0-0, 3.34 ERA) vs. Justin Amlung, rhp (2-0, 0.87 ERA)
1 p.m./Wave Casts
Sunday vs. Louisville
Alex Najera, lhp (0-1, 3.31 ERA) vs. Mike Nastold, rhp (1-0, 0.75 ERA)
1 p.m./Wave Casts
FRIDAY’S GAME: Is the first of a three-game series between Pepperdine and Louisville and games two, three and four of a season-long 12-game homestand ... Louisville is ranked No. 20 by the NCBWA ... No. 21 by USA Today/ESPN ... No. 22 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ... The Cardinals are not ranked by Baseball America ... Pepperdine is 2-1 vs. non-conference opponents this season ... 5-0 at home ... 6-3 during the day ... 2-1 during midweek contests.
WAVES VS. CARDINALS: Pepperdine is 1-0 against Louisville ... The two teams’ last and only meeting took place on Feb. 6, 2001 in Malibu — a 6-4 Waves’ victory ... Following a three-game sweep of Eastern Kentucky to start the 2011 season, Pepperdine is now 5-1 all-time against Bluegrass State-based institutions: Eastern Kentucky (3-0), Kentucky (1-1) and Louisville (1-0) ... The Cardinals are only one of three Big East schools the Waves have faced ... Pepperdine lost its lone game against Notre Dame in 1995 at Fullerton, and are 2-1 vs. St. John’s ... The Waves won two games at home vs. SJU in 1983 and a decade later were eliminated by the Red Storm at the 1993 NCAA West II Regional at Tempe, Ariz.
SOUND + VISION: Baseball fans can catch all Pepperdine baseball home games and selected road games on the World Wide Web at PepperdineSports.com ... Just go to the Pepperdine athletics web page and click on the Wave Casts link ... Live statistics are also available for all home matches free of charge courtesy of GameTracker.
MAURER POWER: Through three appearances in March freshman left-handed pitcher Matt Maurer has posted a 2-0 win-loss record with one save and an earned-run average of 0.93 (one earned run in 9.2 innings pitched) ... By comparison, his February ERA was a robust 14.73 and his walks-to-strikeouts ratio was an even 1:1 ... But so far in March he has issued no free passes while punching out eight ... Maurer’s victory Wednesday over UC Riverside was the Waves’ first by a starter since Opening Day (2/19) when freshman Scott Frazier went 5.0 innings in win over Eastern Kentucky.
THEY’RE SAYING BRUUU, NOT BOO: In what was just his second start of 2011, junior outfielder/designated hitter Tyler Brubaker delivered a game high three hits and drove in half the Waves runs in their 4-1 win over UC Riverside ... Brubaker first delivered a two-out double in the second inning to bring home the second of two Pepperdine runs that frame ... He then singled in the fourth and knocked in a two-out insurance run in the sixth that made it a 3-1 game ... On the season Brubaker is hitting .800 with runners in scoring position (4-for-5).
GAME OVER: Redshirt sophomore Ricky Villarreal converted his second save of 2011 vs. UC Riverside in impressive fashion ... Not only did he strike out the side in the ninth, but it only took him 11 pitches to do so ... The first two batters each looked at four pitches, while the game’s final hitter went down on three.
LET’S GO FOR TWO: The Waves have collected at least one double over their last eight games and have 28 on the season after clubbing four against UC Riverside Wednesday, matching a season best ... Redshirt sophomore Chris Amezquita, who hit two vs. the Highlanders, leads the squad with seven and has three more two-baggers than he has singles (4).
100 STRIKEOUTS FOR GATES: Junior starting pitcher Aaron Gates reached a milestone last Friday at East Carolina by striking out the 100th batter of his career (Philip Clark) ... Gates is second on the team with 16 strikeouts this season and has limited opposing hitters to a .203 average through three starts.
PRESEASON HONOREES: Pepperdine junior center fielder Brian Humphries made the all-conference team in three preseason previews offered earlier this year from the WCC, Baseball America and PerfectGame.org ... Humphries is also considered one of the WCC’s top prospects for the 2011 draft along with left-handed junior pitcher Aaron Gates ... Weekend starters Scott Frazier and Jon Moscot were ranked No. 2 and 10, respectively, in Baseball America’s list of the WCCs Top Newcomers ... Sophomore second baseman Joe Sever made the All-WCC preseason team with Humphries and is one of three Waves projected for the 2012 draft along with pitcher Alex Najera and shortstop Zach Vincej.
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguez is in his eighth season as the head coach of Pepperdine baseball and owns an all-time record of 247-177 (.583) ... Passed his former head coach Andy Lopez (241) for fourth-place on the Waves’ all-time coaching wins list following a three-game sweep of Eastern Kentucky (2/28-20) ... Should pass Frank Sanchez (257) and John Scolinos (263) for third and second-place on the all-time list sometime in 2011 ... Served as an assistant coach under Sanchez from 2000 to 2003 ... Managed his 400th game as the Waves’ head coach on May 11, 2010 vs. UCSB ... Only Dave Gorrie (611) and Scolinos (482) have managed more games than Rodriguez (424) while wearing the Pepperdine uniform ... Has guided his clubs to three West Coast Conference titles and five NCAA Regional appearances ... Voted Top Chef at the 2010 and 2011 Southern California Baseball Coaches Cooking Challenges hosted by ESPN Zone in Anaheim.
WAVES AT EDDY D. FIELD STADIUM (5-0, 1.000): Defeated UC Riverside, 4-1, Wednesday to extend their home winning streak to eight games dating back to last season’s sweep of San Francisco (5/28-30), which gave them a 37th-consecutive winning season at home and against the West Coast Conference ... Have not experienced a losing season at home since 1973 — their inaugural year on the Malibu Campus and the last time they posted a losing record vs. WCC opponents ... Their stretch includes 31 seasons of posting a winning percentage of .600 or better ... 12 years above .700 ... 7 seasons above .800, including the 1992 campaign in which the Waves finished 24-1-1 (.942) ... The Waves are at the start of their 39th season at Eddy D. Field Stadium, where they own an all-time record of 814-315-12 (.719).
WAVES ON THE ROAD (1-6, .143): Snapped a seven-game road losing streak Saturday at East Carolina (3/5) after winning the first game of a doubleheader, 5-4, in 11 innings ... Lost the last two games of 2010 and then were defeated at UCLA (2/22) and swept at Fresno State (2/26-27) ... 2010’s 19 road losses were their most since 2004, when they dropped 19 during head coach Steve Rodriguez’ first season ... Have claimed just four winning seasons on the road since 1999.
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 — 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.