Waves Open Two-Game Set with UCSB on Tuesday
#11 Pepperdine (17-8, 1-1 WCC) vs. UC
When: Tuesday, Apr. 1 (2 p.m.), Wednesday, Apr. 2 (3 p.m.)
Where: Caesar Uyesaka Stadium --
All-Time Series: Pepperdine leads 65-45-3
First Meeting: 1954, Pepperdine 3-2
Last Meeting: 3/26/2007, Pepperdine 11-3 @
Streak: Pepperdine has won five of six
Rodriguez vs.: 6-5
Media: Live Stats available at www.pepperdinesports.com for game on 4/1. Live Audio/Video stats available at www.pepperdinesports.com for game on 4/2
Game #1 (Apr. 1)
PEPPERDINE LHP Robert Dickmann (3-2, 4.71 ERA)
Game #2 (Apr. 2)
PEPPERDINE To Be Announced
SERIES & TEAM NOTES
Â The Waves and Gauchos will square off twice this week in their first two of four scheduled meetings in 2008. The teams will also meet on Apr. 30 in
Â Pepperdine won two of three meetings last season over UCSB.
Â Pepperdine leads the conference with a team .970 fielding percentage.
Â At 17-8, the Waves top the WCC in winning percentage (.680)
Â The Waves are currently ranked #11 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 eight saves, while Eric Thames headlines the nation with six triples.
Â Pepperdine split its WCC opening series at Gonzaga from Mar. 30-31, and sits in a tie for fourth place after the first weekend of conference play.
HITTING & PITCHING NOTES:
Â Pepperdine leads the WCC with a .312 batting average and a .413 on-base percentage.
Â OF Eric Thames leads the conference in RBI (32), triples (6), total bases (71), slugging percentage (.816) and on-base percentage (.522)
Â 3B Bryce Mendonca ranks first in the WCC with 16 stolen bases.
Â OF Nate Simon is currently riding a six-game hitting streak.
Â LHP Robert Dickmann is 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA over his last two starts, both against top 25 opponents.
Â Pepperdine is second in the conference with a 4.10 ERA and a .253 batting average against.
Brett Hunter has notched three 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.