Waves & CSUN To Play Doubleheader Tuesday
MONDAY'S GAME: Was canceled due to rain and poor field conditions at Pepperdine's Eddy D. Field Stadium ... The game will now be made up Tuesday, April 6 at 11 a.m. PT as part of a doubleheader ... Both games are slated for nine innings with a 20 to 30 minute break in between ... Was supposed to be the makeup date for the Feb. 27 contest that also was rained out.
TUESDAY'S DOUBLEHEADER: Is the first of the home season and second of the year ... Pepperdine went 1-1 on March 6 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, beating Brown 19-3 and falling to the Tigers 3-2 in the nightcap ... Split both home doubleheaders last season with Evansville (March 7) and Chicago State (March 21) ... The Waves are 2-4 vs. Big West teams this season: Cal Poly (0-1), Cal State Fullerton (1-0), Cal State Northridge (0-2), Long Beach State (0-1), UC Irvine (1-0) ... 6-4 at home ... 7-9 during the day ... 2-5 in midweek games ... Posted a 1-1 record last season on Monday's.
Tues. vs. Northridge: Robert Dickmann, lhp (4-2, 5.36) vs. Ryan Juarez, rhp (1-2, 4.47) - 11 a.m. PT/Wave Casts
Tues. vs. Northridge: Aaron Gates, lhp (1-5, 3.06) vs. TBA - 3 p.m. PT/ Wave Casts
WAVES VS. MATADORS: Pepperdine is 38-36-2 all-time vs. Cal State Northridge; including a 0-2 mark this season ... 22-7-2 at Eddy D. Field Stadium ... 16-29 at Matador Field and neutral sites ... 3-6 under head coach Steve Rodriguez ... 7-9 against Cal State Northridge since 1999 ... Have not defeated the Matadors on the road since 2000.
ON THE WEB: Subscribers to "Wave Casts" can catch all Pepperdine baseball home games and selected road games on the internet at www.pepperdinesports.com. Go to the Pepperdine Athletics website and look for the Wave Casts link. An annual pass costs $69.95 and monthly subscriptions are also available. Live statistics will be available for all home matches free of charge, and links are provided to the home team's website when the Waves are on the road.
WALKOFF WOES: Pepperdine has lost its last three games vs. CSUN in walkoff fashion dating back to last season ... On April 21, 2009 at Northridge, the Matadors twice came back off Pepperdine closer Nick Gaudi, who surrendered leads of 6-4 and 8-7 ... On Feb. 26 of this year - in a game that was nearly called for darkness - Justin DeMarco drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the 12th on a single up the middle off reliever Aaron Gates ... Two days later, Ryan Pineda slammed a two-run home run off reliever Robert Dickmann with two outs in the bottom of the ninth ... Pepperdine won two home games last season vs. the Matadors in its last at-bat ... On Opening Day (2/20), the Waves won 4-3 on back-to-back ninth-inning home runs by Denny Duron and Nate Simon ... Two days later, received a 10th inning walkoff shot from Simon in a 3-2 victory.
STARTER COMPARISONS: A combination of high innings pitched and strikeouts, plus low ERAs and walks issued totals have made this year's starting rotation of Cole Cook, Matt Bywater, Robert Dickmann and Aaron Gates one of the most dependable of the Steve Rodriguez era that began in 2004 ... Below is a table comparing each year's starting rotation in the following categories: ERA, innings pitched, CG, K:BB ratio and strikeouts per 9 innings through the first 23 games of the season.
SHORT ON TIME: Those who complain about the length of collegiate baseball games should visit Pepperdine's Eddy D. Field Stadium, where the average game lasts 2:30 ... Of the 10 contests hosted by the Malibu ball park this season, only one has taken more than three hours to complete - a 12-4 midweek loss to Cal Poly ... The quickest home game played this season took 2:08 to complete as Pepperdine edged then-No. 13 East Carolina, 5-3 ... Pepperdine's last five games have averaged 2:26.
100 RBI FOR HEROY: Fifth-year senior Ryan Heroy's sacrifice fly RBI last Tuesday in a 2-1 loss at No. 6 UCLA was the 100th of his career ... Heroy joined the Waves in 2006 but did not see any action until 2007 when he ranked among the team leaders with seven home runs and 27 RBI ... He drove in a career high 39 runs during his sophomore year of 2008.
WAVES AMONG THE WCC LEADERS: As a team, Pepperdine ranks second in the West Coast Conference with a 4.31 ERA, and defensively with a .970 fielding percentage ... Individually, junior Matt Bywater is first with a 2.05 ERA and two shutouts while his teammates Aaron Gates and Cole Cook rank 6th and 8th with ERAs of 3.06 and 3.55 ... Freshman Joe Sever is tied for fourth with eight stolen bases ... Senior Colin Rooney is tied for fifth with 12 walks ... Senior starting pitcher Robert Dickmann is tied for second with four wins while he (10th - 40.1), Cook (4th - 45.2) and Bywater (6th - 44.0) are all among the top ten in innings pitched ... Bywater (6th - 43) and Cook (7th - 39) are also ranked in the top ten for strikeouts, and Bywater (4th - .234) and Gates (1st - .230) claim two of the lowest opponent batting averages.
BYWATER NAMED WCC CO-PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Pepperdine junior Matt Bywater was named WCC Co-Pitcher of the Week last Monday (3/29) along with Loyola Marymount freshman Aaron Griffin ... Bywater delivered his second complete-game shutout victory of 2010 Saturday, striking out eight Stony Brook batters in Pepperdine's 3-0 win at Eddy D. Field Stadium ... Bywater tossed 100 pitches, scattering six hits, but did not walk or hit a batter.
SCORE A RUN FOR AARON: Sophomore Aaron Gates has started four games this season, totaling 24.2 innings pitched complete with a respectable 2.55 ERA and 20 Ks, but his run support average is a miniscule 0.7 ... The Waves scored one run for him in an eventual 6-0 win over UC Irvine and again in a 2-1 loss at No. 6 UCLA, but were blanked 5-0 by USC at home on March 9, and the two runs they scored in March 23rd's 3-2 loss at USC both came after he left the game in the seventh inning.
VOTE FOR AHEARNE!: Two-time Pepperdine All-American Patrick Ahearne has been included on the ballot for the College World Series Legends Team and he needs the support of all Pepperdine fans in an online vote that's currently taking place at ncaa.com/cws ... The Legends Team will represent those student-athletes who had the best CWS performances throughout the 60 years the event has been played at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, which is entering its final season as host of the College World Series ... Ahearne won two games in Omaha (vs. Wichita State and Cal State Fullerton) during Pepperdine's championship campaign of 1992, totaling 12 strikeouts through 14 innings and allowed just one unearned run.
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguez is in his seventh season as the head coach of Pepperdine Baseball and owns an all-time record of 225-157 (.589) ... Has guided his clubs to three West Coast Conference titles and five NCAA Regional appearances ... Served as an assistant coach under Frank Sanchez from 2000 to 2003 ... Played second base for Pepperdine's 1992 national championship team ...Won his 200th game as the Waves' head coach on March 20, 2009 in a 13-4 home victory against Chicago State ... Named Top Chef at the second annual Southern California Baseball Coaches Cooking Challenge hosted by ESPN Zone in Anaheim in late January.
WAVES AT EDDY D. FIELD STADIUM (6-4, .600): Won their second of two home series this past weekend after taking two-of-three games from Stony Brook ... Lost 7-4 in game one ... Won games two and three by scores of 3-0 and 4-2 ... Play host to Cal State Northridge next Monday and Tuesday for their first midweek series of the year and first since last March when they swept Washington State in two games ... Will not host another three-game weekend series until April 23-25 vs. Portland ... The Waves have completed 37 seasons at Eddy D. Field Stadium, where they own an all-time record of 801-308-12 (.720) ... Have not experienced a losing season at home since 1973, their inaugural year on the Malibu Campus ... Since then have posted 36 consecutive win-loss records of .500 or better ... This 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).
WAVES ON THE ROAD (2-11, .154): Lost their sixth-straight game away from Eddy D. Field Stadium Tuesday night, dropping a 2-1 decision at No. 6 UCLA ... Have won only two games away from home this season but haven't won a true away game since a 6-0 win over then-No. 4 Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 20 ... Beat Brown 19-3 on March 6 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium ... The Waves never won more than three straight games on the road in 2009 and only won back-to-back games on two occasions: (2/25-2/28/09 and 5/10-12/09) ... Won only two road series through all of 2009, taking two-of-three contests at both UC Davis (2/27-28) and Portland (5/8-10) ... Haven't posted a winning road record since 2006 (19-10, .655) and claimed just four winning seasons on the road this past decade.
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.