THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine opens a four-game homestand starting Friday, April 5 when it welcomes the University of Washington to Malibu for a three-game non-conference series. After taking on the Huskies, the Waves host UC Santa Barbara Tuesday, April 9 in their second game in eight days against the Gauchos.
COVERAGE: Pepperdine’s home games against Washington and UC Santa Barbara will feature live video broadcasts via WaveCasts. Links to the broadcasts and GameTracker will be available on PepperdineSports,com.
A LOOK AT THE WAVES
Pepperdine’s streak of nine consecutive West Coast Conference series wins was snapped last week at Brigham Young (1-2). The last previous league series loss suffered by the Waves was to Gonzaga (2-1) to open the 2012 WCC campaign.
The Waves have won eight of their last 10 games, including a six-game winning streak.
With its series win against Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine improved to 5-4-1 in league-opening weekends under head coach Steve Rodriguez.
Pepperdine opened the season at 4-0 for the first time since 2001 after sweeping Western Michigan.
Waves entered the preseason ranked No. 40 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and were in the receiving votes category in the USA Today and NCBWA polls.
Waves picked second in the 2013 West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
Pepperdine picked fifth in 2012 preseason poll and won the WCC title for the first time since 2008.
Waves return 2/3 of its 2012 weekend rotation along with their midweek starter.
Pepperdine welcomes 21 letterwinners and five returning position starters to the squad
WAVES VS. HUSKIES
The Waves open a four-game homestand when they welcome Washington to Malibu for a three-game non-conference series at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
Pepperdine is 2-0 against the Huskies in a series dating to 1992.
The Waves have yet to allow a run in two previous meetings against UW, outscoring the Huskies 12-0.
Pepperdine won the first meeting between the two squads with an 11-0 shutout in the 1992 NCAA West Regional in Tucson, Arizona (5/24/92) en route to the 1992 College World Series title.
The Waves downed UW 1-0 in the 2003 season opener in the Battle of the Beach tournament in Malibu.
Washington has won three of its last 10 games and beat Seattle U, 14-1 on Tuesday in Bellevue.
SERIES CAPSULE All-Time: PEP leads 2-0. Last Five: N/A Last 10: N/A Pepperdine’s last win: 1-0 (2/7/03). UW’s last win: N/A.
SAY “NO MORE” TO BULLYING:Nolan Rodriguez, the Pepperdine baseball team, and some of their friends, join together to put a stop to bullying. Join them by saying “No More.” This is an initiative adopted by the Waves for the 2013 season and their public service video includes messages from Sir Anthony Hopkins, Reba McEntire, Reggie Miller, Chuck Liddell among others.
The Last Meeting
UC Santa Barbara
April 2, 2013
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Waves Down UC Santa Barbara 3-1 Tuesday
Pepperdine put together a strong pitching performance and turned away UC Santa Barbara 3-1 Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
For the series, Pepperdine hit .303 as a team with four doubles, triple and four home runs, but the Cougars tormented Waves pitching, batting .368 with four doubles and three triples.
Pepperdine’s staff posted an ERA of 8.28.
The Waves won the only game they failed to hit one home run and managed just one extra-base hit in Saturday’s 9-6 victory.
Sam Meyer led the Waves, hitting .462 (6-13) with three doubles, a homer and five RBI.
LHP Aaron Brown struck out a career-high nine batters on Saturday in a 9-6 win.
A LOOK AT THE GAUCHOS
Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara square off for the second time in eight days Tuesday, April 9 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
The Waves took a 3-1 victory against the Gauchos Tuesday in Santa Barbara behind a strong start by LHP Matt Maurer.
Pepperdine has won three straight midweek games, the last two vs. the Big West.
SERIES CAPSULE All-Time: PEP leads 66-50-3. Last Five: PEP 3-2. Last 10: PEP 6-4. Pepperdine’s last win: 3-1 (4/2/13). UCSB’s last win: 10-5 (2012).
UP NEXT FOR PEPPERDINE
Pepperdine welcomes UC Santa Barbara Tuesday, April 9 for its second game in nine days against the Gauchos.
The Waves beat the Gauchos 3-1 Tuesday in Santa Barbara.
The Waves rank fourth in the WCC in team ERA (3.85), and in walks (86). Pepperdine has allowed a league-low 39 extra-base hits.
Pepperdine’s weekend starting rotation enters the week vs. Washington and UC Santa Barbara with a staff ERA of 4.64, allowing 62 earned runs off 122 hits in 120.1 innings and owns a strikeout/walk ratio of 101/44 and has allowed just 18 extra-base hits in 2013.
Jr. LHP Corey Miller collected his 10th career win at Oklahoma (3/2) and leads the starters in wins (4), ERA (2.97) and is second in Ks (33).
Miller struck out a team and career-high nine batters vs. Santa Clara
Jr. RHP Scott Frazier posted his 10th career win at Texas A&M (2/22)
FROM THE BULLPEN
Pepperdine’s bullpen has been outstanding this season with a 6-2 record and a combined ERA of 2.78. Waves relievers have a 65/31 strikeout/walk ratio and have allowed just 10 extra-base hits this season.
Jr. RHP Eric Karch collected a pair of victories in relief at Texas A&M and now has 10 career wins for the Waves.
Karch leads Pepperdine in wins (5), appearances (16) and leads all relievers in strikeouts (19)
Jr. RHP Michael Swanner collected his 10th career save at Texas A&M (2/24) and had two in the series vs. the Aggies.
Swanner leads Waves in saves (7) and recorded two vs. Santa Clara.
Waves lead the WCC in doubles (67) and are second in homers (18).
Sr. 1B Sam Meyer leads the team in RBI (23) and has four home runs and 10 doubles for Pepperdine.
After receiving just five at-bats in limited action during his first two seasons with the Waves, Jr. OF Ranny Lowe is capitalizing on his opportunity, batting .304 with three doubles, 16 RBI and 13 runs.
Jr. OF Chris Amezquita has 26 hits in 2013, with 11 doubles, a team-high five homers and 18 RBI.
Waves 3B captured first career WCC weekly honor, batting .714 (10-14) with five doubles, home run and three RBI vs. Santa Clara.
Davidson hit .432 (16-37) with six doubles, two homers, 12 runs and seven RBI in March.
WAVES AT THE 2012 NCAA REGIONAL
Pepperdine competed in its first NCAA Regional since 2008 when it traveled to Palo Alto for the Stanford Regional at Sunken Diamond.
The Waves opened with a 6-2 win vs. Michigan State and took a 8-5 victory in game three vs. Fresno State behind Matt Forgatch’s grand slam.
2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP The West Coast Conference will resume its Baseball Championship this season with a brand new format. Four teams will compete in the 2013 WCC Championships at Banner Island Ballpark May 23-25 in Stockton. It is the first neutral site for the conference championship and will be hosted by the Stockton Ports in cooperation with the Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau. Banner Island Ballpark will host the top four teams from the WCC in the Championship, with a practice day taking place on May 22, and competition from the 23-25.