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Waves to Open WCC Play at Gonzaga


 
 

GAMES 24-36

#13 Pepperdine (16-7, 0-0 WCC) at Gonzaga (15-10, 0-0 WCC)

When: Friday, Mar. 28 (6:30 p.m.), Saturday, Mar. 29 (1 p.m.), Sunday, Mar. 30 (1 p.m.)

Where: Spokane, Wash. -- Patterson Baseball Complex 

 

SERIES NOTES vs. Gonzaga:

All-Time Series: Pepperdine leads 42-19

First Meeting: 3/21/78, Pepperdine 1-0 @ Malibu

Last Meeting: 5/13/07, Pepperdine 4-3 @ Malibu

Streak: Teams have split last six contests

Rodriguez vs.: 5-7

Media: Live stats available at www.gozags.com


PROBABLE STARTERS:

Game #1

PEPPERDINE RHP Nathan Newman (3-2, 3.58 ERA)

GONZAGA RHP Brandon Harmon (2-2, 5.13 ERA)

 

Game #2

PEPPERDINE LHP Scott Alexander (3-1, 3.55 ERA)

GONZAGA RHP Matt Fields (3-1, 5.40 ERA)

 

Game #3

PEPPERDINE LHP Matt Bywater (3-1, 5.96 ERA)

GONZAGA To Be Announced

 

SERIES & TEAM NOTES

• Pepperdine opens conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Gonzaga.

• The Bulldogs took two of three from the Waves last season in Malibu.

• With Tuesday’s win over #3 Long Beach State, Pepperdine improved to 4-3 vs. Top 25 Teams.

• The Waves are currently ranked #13 by Rivals.com, and are receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll and the NCBWA poll.

• The NCAA released its first national statistics report on Mar. 26, and Pepperdine’s Nick Gaudi is leading the country with seven saves, while Eric Thames headlines the nation with six triples.

• Pepperdine is in the midst of playing 10 of 12 contests away from the friendly confines of Eddy D. Field Stadium.

• The Waves recorded their first road victory of the season on Mar. 22 at #25 Oregon State.

• The Waves were picked to finish second in the WCC as voted on by the league’s coaches.

 

PROBABLE LINEUP

RF David Harris

DH Matt Aidem

SS Chase d'Arnaud

LF Eric Thames

C Trent Diedrich

CF Nate Simon

1B Ryan Heroy

2B Denny Duron

3B Bryce Mendonca

 

WAVES PITCHING NOTES

• The NCAA released its first national statistics report on Mar. 26, and closer Nick Gaudi leads the nation with seven saves while striking out 19 batters in 17 IP.      

• Pepperdine ranks second in the WCC in ERA (4.23) and batting average against (.255).

• The Waves lead the conference in fielding percentage at a .970 clip.

• Waves pitchers have accumulated 159 strikeouts in 198 IP, an average of 7.23 per nine innings.

• In four games as a starter, Nathan Newman is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA and has limited opposing batters to a .227 batting average.

• Pepperdine pitchers are holding opposing hitters to a .213 batting average with two outs.

• Pepperdine led the WCC in team ERA in 2007, as Waves pitchers accumulated a 3.33 ERA. The Waves also led the conference in saves (17) and finished second in batting average against (.255).

 

2008 HONORS:

Brett Hunter has notched four preseason awards, as he was named a Preseason first-team All-American by Baseball America and to the Brooks Wallace, Golden Spikes, and Roger Clemens Award Watch Lists. Additionally, Hunter was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week on 2/25. At the Minnesota Dairy Queen Classic, Nathan Newman, Chase d'Arnaud, Bryce Mendonca and Eric Thames were named to the All-Tournament Team. Thames was named the WCC Player of the Week on Mar. 10.

 

STEVE RODRIGUEZ:

Steve Rodriguez, a member of Pepperdine’s 1992 national championship team, begins his fifth season as the Waves’ head baseball coach in 2008. Since taking over the reins, Rodriguez has compiled a 148-98 (.601) record, including a 69-33 (.677) mark in West Coast Conference play. He led the Waves to three consecutive WCC titles (2004-06) and his teams have made NCAA Championships appearances all four years (2004-07). The 2007 season saw the Waves post a winning percentage above .600 for the third consecutive season and the program won at least 30 games for the 30th consecutive season. Pepperdine was ranked as high as #7 nationally at one point. Under Rodriguez’s guidance, the Waves tied a school-record with nine players taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft in June 2007.

 

TICKETS:

Single-game tickets to all baseball games are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free to all Pepperdine students and faculty with a university ID.

 

ON THE WEB:

Live video and live statistics will be available for all home games at www.pepperdinesports.com. Go to the "Wave Casts" link toward the top of the page.


 

 

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