Pepperdine Faces #23 Coastal Carolina For First Time Since 2003
March 17, 2011
Pepperdine (6-10, 0-0 WCC) vs. #23 Coastal Carolina (13-5, 0-0 Big South)
Eddy D. Field Stadium, Malibu – March 18-20, 2011
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Friday vs. Coastal Carolina : Jon Moscot, rhp (0-1, 4.97) vs. Anthony Meo, rhp (1-2, 5.64) - 3 p.m./Wave Casts
Saturday vs. Coastal Carolina: Matt Maurer, lhp (2-1, 4.00) vs. Stefan del Pino, lhp (3-0, 2.05) - 1 p.m./Wave Casts
Sunday vs. Coastal Carolina: Aaron Gates, lhp (0-3, 4.30) vs. Jim Birmingham, lhp (2-1, 4.03) - 12 p.m./Wave Casts
FRIDAY’S GAME: Is the first of a three-game series between Pepperdine and #23 Coastal Carolina and game six (1-4) of a season-long 12-game homestand ... Pepperdine is 2-5 vs. non-conference opponents this season ... 5-4 at home ... 6-7 during the day ... 1-3 on Fridays ... 0-7 vs. nationally ranked opponents: (0-1 vs. #2 UCLA, 0-3 vs. #28 Fresno State, 0-3 vs. #20 Louisville) ... The Chanticleers are ranked 23rd in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.
WAVES VS. CHANTICLEERS: Pepperdine is 1-2 all time vs. Coastal Carolina ... The two programs last faced each other in 2003 at Eddy D. Field Stadium ... CCU won games one and two by scores of 11-6 and 7-2 ... Pepperdine blanked the Chanticleers (pronounced SHON-ti-clear) in game three, 2-0 ... Coastal Carolina is one of two Big South schools Pepperdine has played against along with Winthrop ... The Waves are 11-8 all time vs. schools from the Carolinas: 1-2 vs. CCU, 3-4 vs. East Carolina, 1-0 vs. NC State, 1-0 vs. South Carolina, 2-1 vs. Wake Forest, 1-0 vs. Western Carolina, 2-1 vs. Winthrop.
WEEKEND PROMOTIONS: Friday is Facebook Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium and all of Pepperdine’s friends on Facebook (by 5 p.m. Thursday) will receive a discounted $3 admission … For kids at Friday’s game there will also be a Shamrock Search … All participants will be given a list of clues when they enter the game, and those who correctly solve all their clues will be entered to win a Pepperdine St. Patrick’s Day baseball cap … On Saturday, members of the Pepperdine women’s volleyball team will be recognized for winning several West Coast Conference awards … On Sunday, everyone is welcome to play Baseball Bingo, and postgame kids can get autographs from the Waves and run the bases.
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.
WHAT IS A CHANTICLEER?: Chanticleer comes from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales ... More specifically, he comes from the Nun’s Priest Tale, a story within Canterbury Tales ... The Chanticleer is a proud and fierce rooster who dominates the barnyard.
THE BATS: Pepperdine enters this weekend’s series with a .224 batting average, 59 runs, 30 doubles, 86 singles and three home runs ... Redshirt junior Miles Silverstein leads the Waves with two home runs and has hit both in the past week after returning from injury ... Silverstein hit all of two home runs in 2010 and now has five for his career ... Following Silverstein’s first inning solo shot vs. Long Beach State, Pepperdine put up four runs in seventh on three hits, the last of which was a two-out, two-run double to right field by Harrison Kain ... Brian Humphries is the clubhouse leader with 10 RBI ... Nate Johnson had his career-best seven-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday, but is the team’s leading batter (among every day players) with a .306 average.
THE ARMS: Freshman Matt Maurer pitched 4.0 scoreless innings in his start Tuesday vs. Long Beach State and left with a 1-0 lead, but his bullpen stumbled as each of the Waves’ five relievers allowed at least one earned run in their 12-inning 7-5 loss ... Ricky Villarreal, who tossed 54 pitches over the final 4.2 innings of the game, was charged with a blown save after giving up a game-tying RBI single in the eighth, and then suffered the loss with two runs in the 12th.
THE GLOVES: Pepperdine’s lone error was charged to shortstop Zach Vincej, whose miscue on a ground ball in the eighth opened the door for Long Beach State’s comeback victory ... The error was followed by three singles, the last two of which allowed the Dirtbags to tie the game at 5-5 ... Pepperdine turned two double plays ... In the first, center fielder Harrison Kain threw out Matt Duffy at second base after Duffy left the bag early on a fly ball, and then in the seventh, Vincej, Joe Sever and Torrey Jacoby completed a 4-6-3 twin killing ... Kain raised his outfield assist total to five in the sixth inning by throwing Mike Marjama out at home plate ... And in the 12th with the infield drawn in, Sever gunned down Duffy at home plate.
MAGNIFICENT MAURER: Through five 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 1.26 (two earned runs in 14.1 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 just one free pass while punching out 12 ... Maurer’s victory over UC Riverside on March 9 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.
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguez is in his eighth season as the head coach of Pepperdine baseball and owns an all-time record of 247-181 (.577) ... 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 (428) 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 (5-4, .556): Loss to Long Beach State, 7-5, in 12 innings on March 15, extending their home-losing streak to a fourth game ... Were swept by No. 20 Louisville last weekend (March 11-13), which snapped an eight-game home winning streak that dated back to 2010 ... Was their first time being swept at home since losing three straight to Portland last season on the weekend of April 23-25 ... Was their first time being swept at home by a non-conference opponent since Nevada won all three games of the 1997 season’s opening weekend ... Have not experienced a losing season at home (a streak of 37 years) 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 814-319-12 (.716).
WAVES ON THE ROAD (1-6, .143): Snapped a seven-game road losing streak 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.