Waves Travel to Santa Clara to Continue WCC Competition
April 19, 2012
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Waves (22-15, 5-4 WCC) are set to travel to Santa Clara for a three-game WCC set starting at 6 p.m. PT on Friday. The team is coming off a close 8-6 loss at No. 12 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday evening.
LAST WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Extra innings was the name of the game for the Waves last week, as three of their four games reached extra frames. On Tuesday at UC Riverside, the Waves pulled out a hard-fought 8-7 victory in 11 innings on the road after a solo home run by second baseman Joe Sever in the top of the 11th proved to be the difference. RHP Michael Swanner came out of the bullpen to solidify the Waves pitching that had been shaky to earn the win. After being rained out on Saturday, the Waves played a doubleheader on Saturday against the visiting Portland Pilots. In game one, the Waves won in walkoff fashion in the 10th inning as Drew Hacker, who entered the game in the ninth as a pinch hitter delivered a bases-loaded single to drive in the game-winning run. In a close game two on Saturday the Waves were able to hold onto a 4-3 win as starter Scott Frazierearned the win and Swanner the save. Sunday also took an extra inning, but the Wave were unable to deliver the game-tying run in the bottom of the 10th, falling 4-3 to the Pilots.
FOLLOWING ON THE ROAD: Check out live stats of all three games on pepperdinesports.com
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Waves lead the all-time series with the Broncos 89-58-2. Last season they lost 2-of-3 at home to Santa Clara, but in the Steve Rodriguezera the Waves are 18-7 against the Broncos.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: The Broncos have been strong at home this season, boasting a 13-4 record at Schott Stadium. At the plate the team is led by Lucas Herbst, who is averaging .388 in 22 games played. Andrew Biancardi and Pat Stover have 23 and 22 RBIs, respectively to lead the team. As a unit they are batting. 259 and they have a team ERA of 3.68.
GETTING THE HONORS: Junior second baseman Joe Sever was named West Coast Conference Rawlings Player of the Week on April 16 as he went 8-for-11 last week with a game-winning home run. Junior Jon Moscot was named WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week after throwing 8.2 innings of no-hit baseball at Saint Mary's on April 5. He also tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts. Now all three weekend starters for the Waves have earned the honor. For the first two weeks of the season a Wave was named the WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week. The week of Feb. 27 the honor went to sophomore righty Corey Miller. Miller won two games over the week for the Waves, first throwing eight complete innings in a 6-1 victory over VCU and then seven shutout innings in a 6-0 win over Fresno State to clinch the series. He threw a total of 15.0 innings, allowing only one run on seven hits and tallying nine strikeouts. He was also named CollegeBaseballInsider.com West Pitcher of the Week. The previous week, Feb.20, sophomore right-hander Scott Frazier was named WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week. The honor, for Frazier came on the heels of his seven shutout innings of work in a 10-0 win on Saturday, where he allowed only five hits, one walk and struck out a career-high six Sooners. The honors were the first of and Frazier's careers. Freshman catcher James Grandprewas named a collegebaseball360.com Primetime Player of the Week, for his efforts as Frazier's signal caller and his steady bat at the plate during the Oklahoma series. Moscot racked up the accolades after his one-hitter, being named to the Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame and Diamond Sports National All-Star Lineup for the Week of April 10. He was also named CollegeBaseballInsider.com West Pitcher of the Week.
WCC RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior second baseman Joe Severwas named Rawlings Player of the Week on April 16 after helping the Waves to a 3-1 week where he went 11-for-18 with four RBIs, four runs scored and the eventual game-winner in his third home run of the season at UC Riverside. In the Portland series he went 8-for-12. This is Sever's first career Player of the Week honor.
STANDOUTS: The Waves are batting a combined .278 on the season. Shortstop Zach Vincej boasts a .351 batting average, with 52 hits, 34 runs scored, 16 RBI, 12 doubles and one leadoff home run. The home run is the second of his career and the first since his freshman season in 2010. LF Tony Cooper, who has appeared in 32 games, starting 25 of those, has a .304 batting average with 28 hits and two triples. Second baseman Joe Sever leads with 36 RBI, including four against Gonzaga on March 31 and right fielder Aaron Brown is next with 24 RBI. Sever hit a grand slam against USC, the first of the year for the Waves, followed up with a home run in the first game at Louisville, his home run in the top of the 11th at UC Riverside was the eventual game-winner and a three-run bomb at Cal State Fullerton gives Sever the team lead in home runs. Sever also leads the team with a .369 batting average. First baseman Sam Meyer, who has started 32 games, is finding his swing and is second with Sever for the team lead with three home runs. Utility Miles Silversteinis also tied for second with three.
ON THE MOUND: Despite the midseason slide the Waves' pitching staff has been solid so far, boasting a 3.83 team ERA. Midweek starter starter LHP Matt Maurer is 4-1 on the season. RHP Corey Miller is next with a 5-3 record on the season. The ace, RHP Jon Moscot leads the team with 63 strikeouts and has also has thrown three complete games on the year and in his outing at Saint Mary's he threw 8.2 innings of no-hit baseball. He has a team-low 2.81 ERA. He also collected a career-high 10 strikeouts. Scott Frazier had an excellent outing in a no-decision at Gonzaga, as he collected a career-high 10 strikeouts. Freshman RHP Andrew Alvarez has been strong out of the pen, working 17.0 innings in 10 appearances. LHP Brian McIlhenny leads with 16 appearances out of the pen and had thrown a collective 7.2 innings. At the end of games, RHP Michael Swanner has four saves for the Waves, along with LHP Aaron Brown. RHP Eric Karchshowed his versatility as he won his first start of the season over Columbia, but has also made 12 appearances out of the pen.
FRESHMEN PHENOMS: Baseball America's 16th-best recruiting class has yet to disappoint. Freshmen James Grandpre, Austin Davidson and Aaron Brown have all made big contributions, driving in a collective 52 runs. Brown has started 32 games in right field, as Matt Gelalich has started 36 of 37 in center field. Davidson has made 31 starts at third base and Grandpre has started 16 behind the dish. On the mound, Andrew Alvarez has represented the class well with his four innings of quality relief in the Oklahoma series alone, and fellow right handers Sean Leary and Quincy Quinteroalso have chipped in with scoreless outings. Brown also has picked up a team-leading four saves.
ENTERING THE RANKINGS: The Waves are ranked 32nd according to Pefect Game USA.
IN THE NCAA STATS: The team ranks 11th with a with a .983 fielding percentage and 38th with 11 double plays. Individually, Joe Severis 45th with 32 RBIs.
WAVES AMONG THE WCC LEADERS: Joe Sever and Aaron Brown are second and eighth, with 36 and 24 RBIs respectively. Sever is also fifth in the conference with a .369 batting average. Sever is second with 55 hits on the season and is third with a .444 on base percentage. Sever is also second with 32 RBIs Zach Vincej is second with 34 runs scored and fourth with 12 doubles. His batting average of .351 is eighth-best. Matt Gelalich is sixth in the league with 23 walks. Aaron Brown and Michael Swanner are tied for seventh with four saves apiece. Jon Moscotis second with 67.1 innings pitched and is also second with 63 strikeouts. As a team the Waves are third in batting (.278) and eighth in pitching (3.73 ERA).
SUMMER BALL: The Waves spread out across the country to play for summer ball teams from the Cape Cod League to Hawai'i. Junior pitcher Jon Moscot led the Hyannis Harbor Hawks with 46 strikeouts, second-best in the league. Junior infielder Zach Vincej also played with Moscot in Hyannis and helped the team to the Western Division semifinals. Junior Joe Sever also played in the Cape, as he suited up for the Chatham Anglers. He was named a top prospect by Perfect Game USA. Freshman outfielder/pitcher Aaron Brown was named the No. 3 prospect out of the California Collegiate League and was also named the Best Athlete in the league by Perfect Game USA. He earned first team All-CCL honors and was named the CCL's Top MLB Hitting Prospect. Senior Miles Silversteinwas also named to the NBC All-Midwest Regional team as he played for the El Dorado (Kan.) Broncos in the Jayhawak League.
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguez has completed eight seasons as head coach of Pepperdine baseball and owns an all-time record of 285-221 (.564) ... 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) ... Moved ahead of Frank Sanchez (257) for third place with a 2-1 win vs. LMU on April 22 ... Enters the 2012 season tied with John Scolinos (263) for second place ... Served as an assistant coach under Sanchez from 2000 to 2003 ... Managed his 450th game as the Waves' head coach on April 23, 2011 vs. LMU ... Only Dave Gorrie (611) and Scolinos (482) have managed more games than Rodriguez (468) while wearing the Pepperdine uniform ... Guided his clubs to three WCC titles and five NCAA Regional appearances.