Waves Return to Action with Three Midweeks
MONDAY’S GAME: Is the conclusion of a 4/7 game that was postponed due to rain with two outs in the top of the fourth and Pepperdine leading, 8-5 ... Senior Denny Duron is scheduled to bat when the game resumes ... Is also the first of three midweek games, marking the first time this season Pepperdine has played more than two non-conference games on consecutive days ... Waves are 6-5 vs. midweek opponents ... 5-5 vs. the Big West ... Is only the second game all season to be affected by rain ... Had their 3/1 game at UC Davis moved to 2/28 and played a pair of seven-inning contests vs. the Aggies.
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS: Mon. (3 p.m.) at UC Santa Barbara: Cole Cook, rhp (6-3, 3.78) vs. TBA ... Tue. (6:30 p.m.) at Long Beach State: Nathan Newman, rhp (3-4, 4.96) vs. TBA ... Wed. (3 p.m.) vs. UC Santa Barbara: TBA vs. TBA
WAVES VS. DIRTBAGS: Pepperdine is 58-57-2 all-time vs. Long Beach State ... 21-18-2 at Eddy D. Field Stadium ... 37-39 at Blair Field and neutral sites ... Lost 5-4 to LBSU on April 13 at Malibu ... Held a 4-1 lead going into the 7th, but bullpen gave up four runs that inning on four hits ... Was Pepperdine's second blown save of the year and first since a 2/28 game at UC Davis ... Waves tied and defeated LBSU during 2008 fall exhibition season ... Played to an 8-8 tie at Blair Field ... Pepperdine routed Dirtbags 14-3 at Eddy D. Field Stadium ... These two schools split their two-game 2008 spring series ... Pepperdine won at home 7-5 on 3/25 and lost 10-0 to then #24-ranked Dirtbags at Long Beach on 4/15.AMONG THE LEADERS: As a team, Pepperdine’s defense ranks first in the WCC and nation with a .985 fielding % ... The Waves have committed just 24 errors and Gonzaga is the next closest with 44 ... Pepperdine’s pitching ranks second in the conference with a 4.49 earned run-average thanks to ERAs under 4.00 posted by Matt Bywater (3.42) and Cole Cook (3.78) ... Cook is T2nd with six wins and ranks among the top five with 64K ... Senior Nathan Newman is a strikeout behind him with 63 ... The league’s three lowest opponents’ batting averages belong to Cook (.197), Bywater (.206) and Scott Alexander (.215) ... Nick Gaudi is No. 1 with 8 saves ... Nate Simon is among the league’s top hitters with a .350 BA (13th), 7 HR (T6th), 40 RBI (T7th), .591 SLG% (7th) ... Bryce Mendonca is T4th with 11 SB.
COOK NAMED TO WATCH LIST: Cole Cook recently was named to the initial Pitcher of the Year Award Watch List presented by the College Baseball Foundation and Mizuno .... Cook is one of just 50 pitchers nationwide named to the watch list, which also includes NCAA strikeout leader Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State and A.J. Morris (9-0) of Kansas State ... Cook is 6-3 this season with a 3.78 earned-run average and 64 strikeouts ... He has issued 18 bases on balls through 66.2 innings and has limited hitters to a .197 BA.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT: Close to 100 generous individuals added their names to the National Bone Marrow Registry during the Robert Corrales Honorarium, which took place over four days this spring at Pepperdine’s Firestone Fieldhouse and Eddy D. Field Stadium ... By simply volunteering a few lines of personal information and a quick swab of their cheek, these individuals could potentially be connected with patients needing a life saving marrow or stem cell transplant ... Corrales died April 23 at the age of 57 following a year long battle with leukemia.
d’ARNAUD POWERING UP IN WEST VIRGINIA: Chase d'Arnaud is leading the West Virginia Power with a .345 batting average and 12 RBI through the team’s first 18 games and has also contributed four doubles, two home runs and three stolen bases ... d’Arnaud’s hot start caught the eye of Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail sports writer Michael Daily, who recently wrote a feature on the Waves’ former infielder for dailymail.com/sports.
STARTING AND RELIEVING: Below is a table comparing Pepperdine’s pitchers’ statistics as starters and relievers.
TICKET INFORMATION: Single-match tickets to all home 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 of all the Waves’ home games can be viewed at PepperdineSports.com ... The official website has moved to a pay-per-view platform in 2008-09, with an annual pass costing $69.95 and monthly subscriptions also being available ... Live statistics can be accessed for all home games free of charge, and links are provided to the home team’s website when the Waves are on the road ... Go to the "Wave Casts" link toward the top of the home page to find more information.
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguez is in his sixth season as the head coach of Pepperdine Baseball and owns an all-time record of 210-138 (.603) ... 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.
WAVES IN THE RANKINGS: Rivals.com (NR), PING! Baseball (NR; 15th West Region), Baseball America (NR), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NR), Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (NR), College Baseball Insider.com (NR), ESPN/USA Today (NR).
THE ROONEY FUND: A fund for Patrick Rooney’s children has recently been established through the assistance of Wells Fargo Bank ... Please visit any Southern California Wells Fargo location for more information on how to contribute or send donations to: Children of Patrick Rooney Fund, c/o Erynn Rooney, Wells Fargo Bank, 20375 East Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886 ... Rooney, a former Pepperdine infielder and brother of current Wave, Colin, died in a January plane crash outside Steamboat Springs, Colo.