Waves to Open WCC Play at Gonzaga
#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 @
Last Meeting: 5/13/07, Pepperdine 4-3 @
Streak: Teams have split last six contests
Rodriguez vs.: 5-7
Media: Live stats available at www.gozags.com
PEPPERDINE RHP Nathan Newman (3-2, 3.58 ERA)
GONZAGA RHP Brandon Harmon (2-2, 5.13 ERA)
PEPPERDINE LHP Scott Alexander (3-1, 3.55 ERA)
GONZAGA RHP Matt Fields (3-1, 5.40 ERA)
PEPPERDINE LHP Matt Bywater (3-1, 5.96 ERA)
GONZAGA To Be Announced
SERIES & TEAM NOTES
Â Pepperdine opens conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Gonzaga.
Â The Bulldogs took two of three from the Waves last season in
Â With Tuesday’s win over #3
Â The Waves are currently ranked #13 by Rivals.com, and are receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll and the NCBWA poll.
Â 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.
Â Pepperdine is in the midst of playing 10 of 12 contests away from the friendly confines of Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Â The Waves recorded their first road victory of the season on Mar. 22 at #25
Â The Waves were picked to finish second in the WCC as voted on by the league’s coaches.
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
Â 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.
Â Pepperdine ranks second in the WCC in ERA (4.23) and batting average against (.255).
Â The Waves lead the conference in fielding percentage at a .970 clip.
Â Waves pitchers have accumulated 159 strikeouts in 198 IP, an average of 7.23 per nine innings.
Â 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.
Â Pepperdine pitchers are holding opposing hitters to a .213 batting average with two outs.
Â 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).
Brett Hunter has notched four preseason awards, as he was named a Preseason first-team All-American by Baseball
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.
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.