Pepperdine Set To Host Portland In Three-Game Series Beginning Thursday
March 23, 2005
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THIS WEEK: Winners of eight of its last nine games, the Pepperdine baseball team will carry a three-game winning streak into Thrusday's West Coast Conference (WCC) series-opener against Portland at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.
The two teams will play again at 2 p.m. on Friday and conclude the series with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday. The series was moved up a day in observance of Easter Sunday.
Pepperdine began its 30-game WCC schedule last Saturday at Santa Clara and swept a doubleheader from the Broncos by identical scores of 10-3. The Waves held a 5-2 lead on Sunday when the game was suspended to accommodate Pepperdine's travel.
Pepperdine was scheduled to host No. 23 USC Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Field Stadium but was postponed due to rain. No make-up date has been announced.
WAVES ON THE INTERNET: A total of 33 regular-season Pepperdine baseball games will be broadcast live on the Internet with Bill Schindler handling the play-by-play. All post-season games involving the Waves will also be broadcast live on the Internet at www.PepperdineSports.com.
THURSDAY'S STARTER: Senior right hander Kea Kometani will make eighth appearance and start Thursday against Portland. He is currently 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA. In a team-leading 50.1 innings, Kometani has surrendered 54 hits, 13 earned runs, walked 14 and struck out 38. His last outing came on Saturday at Santa Clara and he picked up his third straight win after allowing three hits, an unearned run, walking three and striking out four. Kometani is 3-0 with a 0.70 ERA in his last three outings. In those starts, he has worked 25.2 innings, allowed 26 hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out 20. Kometani is fourth on Pepperdine's all-time appearance list with 78. Entering Thursday's game against Portland, Kometani has a career record of 15-11 and a 4.10 ERA.
FRIDAY'S STARTER: Junior left-hander Paul Coleman will make his eighth appearance and seventh start of the season on Friday against Portland. He is currently 4-0 with one save and a 2.72 ERA. In 43.0 innings, Coleman has surrendered 31 hits, 13 runs, walked 17 and struck out a team-high 47. His last outing came at Santa Clara on Saturday and picked up a win after working 6.2 innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs, walking four and striking out 11. In his last four starts, Coleman has pitched 28.0 innings, allowed seven earned runs, 10 walks, struck out 36 and limited opposing batters to a .172 average while compiling a 3-0 record and 2.25 ERA. Against New Orleans on March 5, Coleman struck out a school-record 16 batters in a complete-game effort.
SATURDAY'S STARTER: Freshman right hander Barry Enright will make his seventh appearance and start of the season on Sunday against Portland. He is currently 1-1 with an 6.35 ERA. In 28.1 innings of work, Enright has allowed 33 hits, 20 earned runs, nine walks and 17 strikeouts. He last pitched against Cal State Northridge on Sunday and suffered his first career loss after pitching 6.1 innings, allowing nine hits, six runs, walking one and striking out two. Enright logged 6.0 innings, allowed six hits, two runs, two walks and struck out two at Santa Clara on Sunday. However, the game was suspended after six innings and will be resumed when the Broncos visit Malibu in May.
ABOUT PORTLAND: Portland enters this week with a 9-13 overall record and is 0-3 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play. The Pilots have lost four in a row after being swept by San Francisco (14-1, 8-6, 5-0) last weekend and falling 7-5 to No. 18 Oregon State on Tuesday. Portland is batting .241 as a team and has a collective ERA of 5.78. Senior infielder Jason Krohn leads the Pilots with a .322 average and two home runs. Sophomore right hander Given Kutz leads the pitching staff with three wins (3-3, 6.26).
SERIES VERSUS PORTLAND: Thursday's series-opener between Pepperdine and Portland will mark the 43rd meeting between the two programs, with the Waves leading the all-time series, 36-6. Pepperdine captured all six meetings between the two teams and have won eight of the last nine contests played between the two clubs.
ON DECK: Following this weekend's series against Portland, Pepperdine will be off until April 1 when it opens a three-game series against San Francisco at Benedetti Diamond. The Dons are currently 16-7 overall and 3-0 in WCC play following a sweep of Portland over the weekend. USF hosts Santa Clara in a three-game series this weekend.
WAVES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Pepperdine entered the 2005 campaign pre-season ranked No. 29 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 32 by Baseball America. The Waves are currently unranked.
PEPPERDINE VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS: Pepperdine is currently 2-3 against ranked opponents in 2005. The Waves met top-ranked Tulane two weeks ago and went 1-2 against the Green Wave. After falling 3-0 in the series opener, Pepperdine won 5-2 on Saturday before falling 7-6 in Sunday's series finale. The Waves suffered a tough 4-3 loss to No. 25 Long Beach State on March 1 and defeated No. 5 South Carolina, 7-5 in the Dairy Queen Classic on Friday.
KOMETANI NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Senior right hander Kea Kometani was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) "Pitcher of the Week" for his performance in the Waves' conference opener against Santa Clara on Saturday. Kometani limited the Broncos to three hits, an unearned run, walked three and struck out four in eight innings to improve his record to 4-2 on the season. In marked the fourth straight game that senior right hander pitched at least eight innings. In his last four starts, Kometani is 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA. Over 33.2 innings, the senior right hander has allowed 37 hits, four earned runs, walked six and struck out 26.
URIBES NEARING TOP 10 IN RUNS SCORED: Junior shortstop David Uribes is nearing the Pepperdine's career Top 10 in runs scored. After equaling the single-season runs scored list with 74 last year, Uribes is five runs scored shy of tying Scott Shockey (1986-89) for 10th place. He currently has 143 runs scored. Current Waves assistant coach Rick Hirtensteiner (1986-89) is the all-time leader in runs scored with 228.
Kea Kometani NO. 4 ON ALL-TIME APPEARANCE LIST: Senior right hander Kea Kometani is fourth on Pepperdine's all-time appearance list with 78. Thursday's start against Santa Clara will tie him with Steve Montgomery (1990-92) for third place all-time.
Steve Kleen NO. 7 ON ALL-TIME APPEARANCE LIST: Senior right hander Steve Kleen began the 2005 season No. 11 on Pepperdine's all-time appearance list with 68. With his seven relief appearances this season, Kleen has appeared in 75 games to tie Greg Ramirez (2000-03) for seventh place all-time.
TRACY POSTS CAREER-HIGH HITTING STREAK: Sophomore catcher Chad Tracy hit safely in Pepperdine's first nine games to register the longest hitting streak by a Waves' player this year. His streak was snapped in the series-opener against Tulane on February 25. Tracy has reached base 20 of 22 games this season and has hit safely in 19 of 22.
KLEEN POSTING BIG NUMBERS: Senior Steve Kleen, who brought a 17-game hitting streak into the 2005 season, extended that mark to 23 after hitting safely in the first six games this year. He had that streak snapped in the series opener at Houston (Feb. 18) when he went 0-for-3 with two walks. Kleen has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games and has now had at least one hit in 36 of his last 39 games dating back to last year. Over those 39 games, Kleen is batting .404 (67-for-164) with 40 runs scored, 14 doubles, eight home runs and 49 RBI.
KLEEN TIES HIT MARK: Steve Kleen tied the Pepperdine single-game record for hits at Houston on February 20 when he went 5-for-6. His five hits were the 26th time that a Pepperdine player has had a five-hit game.
CLOSE GAMES: Pepperdine has been in a number of close games thus far this season as 12 of its 19 games have been decided by three runs or less. In those games, the Waves have a 6-6 record. Pepperdine has played four 1-run games (1-3), three two-run games (2-1) and five three-run games (3-2).
OFFENSIVE NOTES: Through 22 games this season, Pepperdine is batting .301 as a team...The Waves are averaging 10.73 hits and 6.36 runs a contest...Pepperdine scored a season-high 18 runs and totaled 21 hits in the series finale at Houston (2/20)...The Waves equaled their season-high total of 21 hits at Minnesota (3/6)...Over its last 10 games in which it has posted a 8-2 mark, Pepperdine is hitting .323 as a team and has outscored its opponents, 71-32...The Waves have also totaled 35 extra base hits in their last contests...Junior second baseman David Uribes has led Pepperdine's offense during that time, posting a .442 average with a home run, eight RBI, 14 runs scored and is 7-for-7 in stolen bases...In winning eight of its last nine, Pepperdine has registered a .332 average and has outscored its opponents, 68-28...Uribes has led the charge with .475 average while freshman shortstop Danny Worth is batting .371...Sophomore left fielder Luke Salas has a team-high nine game hitting streak over that span and has a .317 average...Uribes is currently working on a seven-game hitting streak during which time he is batting .515 (17-for-33) with 10 runs scored and six RBI...On the season, senior first baseman Steve Kleen leads the Waves with a .384 average...His 28 RBI, five home runs, .651 slugging percentage and .455 on-base percentage lead the team while his 33 hits tie sophomore catcher Chad Tracy for teh team-lead...Tracy is second on the team with a .363 average, four home runs and 25 RBI...His 22 runs scored are second to Uribes' 24 runs scored...Tracy also paces the Waves with 11 multiple-hit and seven multiple-RBI games.
PITCHING NOTES: After 22 games this season, Pepperdine has a team ERA of 3.97 and opponents are batting .279 against Waves pitching...Over its last 10 games, the Pepperdine pitching staff has a 2.22 ERA and has held opponents to a .263 average while striking out 79 and walking 22 in 89.0 innings...In their last six starts combined, combining each of their three appearances, senior right hander Kea Kometani and junior left-hander Paul Coleman have a combined record of 5-0, 1.36 ERA and have combined to walk nine and strike out 53 in 46.1 innings...Fifteen different pitchers have toed the rubber for the Waves thus far this season...Seven different pitchers have at least one win. Paul Coleman and Kea Kometani lead the Waves with four victories while Kleen has two, Barry Enright, Adam Olbrychowski, Robert Della Grotta and James Johnson each have one win...Coleman and Kometani each have one complete game...Kometani has logged a team-high 50.1 innings while Coleman has pitched 43.0 innings and Enright has worked 28.1 innings...Coleman leads the Waves with 47 strikeouts while Kometani is second with 38 and Enright has 17.
PEPPERDINE PICKED SECOND IN WCC: For the first time since the 1999 season, Pepperdine was not tabbed to win the West Coast Conference (WCC) in the preseason coaches' poll. Loyola Marymount received a total of 44 points, including three first-place votes, in the balloting. The Waves, who also received three first-place votes, totaled 43 points to finish second. San Diego (40) was third and was followed by Santa Clara (32), Gonzaga (22), San Francisco (21), Saint Mary's (14) and Portland (8).
THREE WAVES NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Senior right hander Kea Kometani, junior shortstop David Uribes and freshman outfielder Adrian Ortiz received preseason All-West Coast Conference (WCC) honors in a poll of league coaches conducted by Baseball America. Additionally, Ortiz was tabbed "Freshman of the Year", ranked as the WCC's top newcomer and fastest baserunner.
BEST TOOLS: In a poll of league coaches conducted by Baseball America, senior right hander Kea Kometani was selected the West Coast Conference's (WCC) pitcher with the best control while junior David Uribes was tabbed the conference's best baserunner and senior Patrick Rooney was give the nod as the top defensive third baseman. Freshman utility player Jason Dominguez was chosen as the league's third-best newcomer.
WAVES POST 27 STRAIGHT 30-WIN SEASONS: The 2004 campaign marked the 27th consecutive season that Pepperdine has won at least 30 games. The Waves were 30-32 in 2004. Dating back to the 1978 season, the Waves have totaled at least 30 wins every year, 40 games 11 times and posted two-50-win campaigns during that time.
PEPPERDINE DOMINANT FORCE IN WCC: Since the West Coast Conference (WCC) implemented divisional play in 1999, Pepperdine has been the conference's dominant team, compiling a six-year WCC record of 129-52 (.713), an average of 21.3 wins per season, captured six divisional crowns and appeared in the WCC Championship Series each year of its existence. Over that same time period, San Diego has the second-best league mark, registering a 102-77-1 (.557) record, claiming two divisional titles and winning two WCC Championship Series.
WAVES WIN 14TH WCC CHAMPIONSHIP: Last year's sweep of Loyola Marymount in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championship Series marked the 14th conference title for Pepperdine, the most by any of the eight teams in the league. Since the WCC was re-instituted for baseball prior to the 1985 season, the Waves have either won or shared 11 of the last 20 league championships. Additionally, since the WCC went to a two-division format in 1999, Pepperdine is the only member to appear in all six conference championship series. Last year's WCC title was the Waves first since 2001 when they went 42-18 and finished the year with a national Top 20 ranking.
Jacob Barrack SELECTED IN 2004 FIRST YEAR PLAYER DRAFT: For the 13th consecutive year, Pepperdine had at least one player taken in Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft in 2004. Senior right hander Jacob Barrack was picked in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies bringing the all-time number of times a player has been drafted to 115. Pepperdine has had at least one player taken in the annual draft every year since 1992 and 29 of the last 30 years.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Since Eddy D. Field Stadium opened in 1973, Pepperdine has been a tough team to beat at home, compiling an overall record to date of 693-264-13 (.721) and registering just one losing season in 31 years. The Waves were 9-12 in the inaugural season of 1973 and since then has produced 29 winning seasons in the last 31 years, including a 15-12 record in 2004. The Waves have had 27 straight winning seasons at home. Pepperdine finished .500 (11-11-2) in 1977. The Waves are 6-5 in 2005.
WAVES AMONG TOP TEAMS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Since 1979, Pepperdine is the second-winningest program in Southern California, trailing only Cal State Fullerton heading into the 2005 season. The Waves have registered a 1,006-523 (.658) record and made 15 NCAA Tournament appearances during that time. Cal State Fullerton has compiled an overall record of 1,158-493 (.701) and made 21 NCAA appearances. Pepperdine's 15 NCAA Tournament appearances are second behind the Titans and tie USC.
THE PROGRAM: In its 66th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine baseball program has compiled an all-time mark to date of 1,682-1,186-22 (.586). The Waves have advanced to the NCAA Championships on 21 occasions, and Pepperdine has participated at the College World Series twice--finishing third in 1979 and winning the national title in 1992. Pepperdine has won 30 or more games in each of the last 27 seasons dating back to 1978, and surpassed the 40-win mark on 11 occasions during that time span. Since the West Coast Conference was re-instituted for baseball prior to the 1985 season, Pepperdine has either won or shared 11 of the last 20 league championships. Dating back to the start of the 1985 campaign, Pepperdine has compiled a cumulative record of 786-418-11 (.651), including a 432-144-2 (.749) mark against league opponents.
Steve Rodriguez: Steve Rodriguez, a former collegiate All-American and a member of Pepperdine's 1992 College World Series Championship team, is in the midst of second season as the Waves' head coach. Rodriguez was hired on June 18, 2004 after serving as an assistant for four years under Frank Sanchez, who took a permanent medical leave of-absence on June 5th after seven seasons as Pepperdine's head coach. Rodriguez guided Pepperdine to a 30-32 overall record and the West Coast Conference (WCC) championship, becoming the fifth head coach in program history to lead his club to post-season play in his rookie season, joining Gary Marks (1963), Dave Gorrie (1979), Andy Lopez (1989) and Pat Harrison (1995). During Rodriguez' four seasons as an assistant, the Waves compiled an overall record of 145-98 (.597), including an 88-32 mark in WCC play, captured the conference title in 2001 and made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001 and 2003. Rodriguez, who earned All-American honors in 1991 and 1992, became only the third former Pepperdine player to assume the head coaching duties for the Waves in the program's 64-year history. Gary Marks became the first Pepperdine player to pilot the program when he skippered the program from 1963-67. Gail Hopkins, who played at Pepperdine from 1962-64, coached the Waves during the 1968 season. Rodriguez was a fifth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1992 after helping the Waves' to the national championship and being named the WCC's "Player of the Year." He played professionally for seven years with the Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos organizations. Rodriguez made it to the major league level with the Red Sox and Tigers in 1995. As a sophomore in 1991, Rodriguez batted .419, the second-highest single-season average in school history. His 104 base hits in 1991 are a Pepperdine record, and his .367 career average ranks second all-time in Waves' history.
WAVES AT HOME: Since 1997, the Waves are 169-82 (.673) in games played at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves' all-time home record at Eddy D. Field Stadium, dating back to the start of the 1973 season, currently stands at 693-264-13 (.721). Pepperdine finished 23-12 in 2003 and concluded last year with a 15-12 mark. The Waves are currently 5-5 in 2005.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Since 1997, Waves are 128-118 (.520) in games played on the road. Pepperdine completed the 2004 campaign with a 15-20 road record. It marked the Waves first losing season on the road since 2002. Pepperdine is 8-3 on the road, including 2-0 in neutral field games in 2005.
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