Baseball Visits Cal Poly Before Coming Home Vs. BYU
March 28, 2011
Pepperdine (12-11, 0-0 WCC) vs. Cal Poly (8-11, 0-0 Big West)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 – Baggett Stadium, San Luis Obispo – 6 p.m.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Alex Najera, lhp (0-2, 5.82) vs. Joey Wagman, rhp (2-1, 6.00) – 6 p.m./Wave Casts
TUESDAY’S GAME: Is the second of a two-game season series between Pepperdine and Cal Poly and is the Waves’ first road contest since March 5 ... Pepperdine is 12-11 vs. non-conference opponents this season ... 1-6 on the road... 0-3 during the night ... 3-2 on Tuesdays ... 3-1 vs. Big West opponents: (1-0 vs. Cal Poly, 0-1 vs. Long Beach, 1-0 vs. UC Riverside, 1-0 vs. UC Santa Barbara).
WAVES VS. MUSTANGS: Pepperdine is 21-11 all time vs. Cal Poly ... Defeated the Mustangs last week, 5-3, at home to break a two-game series losing streak ... 11-4 vs. the Mustangs at Eddy D. Field Stadium ... 10-7 at San Luis Obispo and neutral sites ... Pepperdine lost both games to Cal Poly in 2010, dropping a 12-4 home decision on Feb. 23 and a 9-8 road game on May 18, which marked the first Mustang sweep of the Waves since 2004 (0-3) ... Pepperdine swept the 2009 series, winning 16-6 at home against a 25th-ranked Cal Poly team and 8-4 on the road when the Mustangs were ranked 18th ... Pepperdine is 6-7 vs. Cal Poly under the direction of head coach Steve Rodriguez ... 10-8 since 1999.
WAVES VS. COUGARS: Pepperdine is 13-6 all time vs. future WCC rival BYU ... The Cougars are in their final year as a member of the Mountain West Conference ... The Waves and Cougars last met in Malibu in 2004 for one game, which was won by BYU, 5-0 ... Prior to that game their last meeting dated all the way back to 1963 ... Pepperdine and BYU were frequent opponents for one another between 1954 and 1963, and last played a three-game series in 1962, which was won by the Waves, 2-1 ... Pepperdine is 61-52 all time vs. Mountain West opponents (13-6 BYU, 3-0 vs. New Mexico, 25-29 vs. SDSU, 1-0 vs. TCU, 17-17 vs. UNLV, 2-0 vs. Utah).
WEEKEND PROMOTIONS: Friday is Facebook Friday and all those who log onto Facebook and ‘like’ the Pepperdine Athletics page by Thursday at 5 p.m. will receive a discounted admission of $3 ... There will also be two dance contests held both Thursday and Friday ... The winner of Friday’s Duke’s Malibu Dance for Your Dinner contest will receive a $25 gift certificate, while the winner of Thursday’s KFC Malibu Chicken Dance Contest will get a free 10-piece bucket of chicken ... Also be on the lookout Friday for free t-shirts tossed during the Super Strikeout Inning ... On Saturday, fans of all ages are invited to play baseball bingo, run the bases and take part in a postgame autograph session.
SOUND + VISION: Baseball fans can catch all Pepperdine baseball home games and selected road games — including Tuesday night’s game at Cal Poly — 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 games via Game Tracker.
STEAL AWAY: The Waves tied a modern program record with six stolen bases in its 9-1 victory over Dayton (3/25) ... The six steals were Pepperdine’s most since an April 29, 2006 game vs. Portland ... The Waves also were credited with six thefts in games vs. Northwestern (March, 2006) and San Francisco (April, 2005) ... Pepperdine has stolen 25 bases this season in 34 attempts ... Junior Brian Humphries leads the club and is tied for third in the West Coast Conference with eight stolen bases.
HOMER HAPPY: Pepperdine recorded its first multi-home run game of 2011 Sunday vs. Dayton (3/27) as both catcher Trent Diedrich and Chris Amezquita went deep ... For Diedrich, who missed all of 2010 and half of 2009 with injuries, it was his first home run since April 11, 2008 – a span of 204 at-bats ... Amezquita’s shot over the left-field wall off Flyer reliever Trent Haughn was his first in a Waves’ uniform and first since hitting one as a member of the UCLA Bruins in 2009 vs. UC Davis.
MR. MARCH: Through seven appearances in March freshman left-handed pitcher Matt Maurer has posted a 3-0 win-loss record with one save and an earned-run average of 1.32 (four earned runs in 27.1 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 three six passes while punching out 23.
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguez is in his eighth season as the head coach of Pepperdine baseball and owns an all-time record of 253-182 (.582) ... 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 (435) 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 (11-5, .688): Won three-game series vs. Dayton to finish season-long 12-game homestand with a 7-5 record (1-0 vs. UC Riverside, 0-3 vs. Louisville, 0-1 vs. Long Beach State, 3-0 vs. Coastal Carolina, 1-0 vs. Cal Poly, 2-1 vs. Dayton) ... With 11 homes wins this season are already three away from tying last year’s total of 14 ... 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 818-319-12 (.717).
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) to start this season ... 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.