Waves Travel to Crosstown Rival Loyola Marymount for Key WCC Series
May 17, 2012
Jon Moscot, RHP vs. Colin Welmon, RHP
Saturday vs. Loyola Marymount - 2 p.m. PT Scott Frazier, RHP vs. Trevor Megill, RHP
Sunday vs. Loyola Marymount - 1 p.m. PT Corey Miller, RHP vs. Scott Lally, LHP
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Waves (30-19, 12-6 WCC) have a big road test as they travel to Loyola Marymount (23-24, 11-7 WCC), starting Friday, May 18, with West Coast Conference title implications on the line.
LAST WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Waves went 3-1 last week, including a sweep of WCC opponent BYU. The sweep was their first of the season in WCC play. They defeated Long Beach State 5-3 in a nonconference tilt on Tuesday.
WAVECASTS: Check out live radio of this week's road action on pepperdinesports.com.
WCC RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For the second time this season, second baseman Joe Sever earned WCC Rawlings Player of the Week honors. He batted .500 (8-for-16) as the Waves went 3-1 last week, including a sweep of BYU. He had six RBIs and four runs scored overall. He played a key role for the Waves over the weekend against BYU, collecting the game-winning RBIs in both Thursday and Friday's come-from-behind victories. Sever lead the WCC with a .486 batting average in conference play.
IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE RANKINGS: The Waves are tied for first in the West Coast Conference with a record of 12-6, winning percentage of .667. They are tied for the lead with San Diego, who is 14-7, .667. The Waves need to win two out of three in each of the next two series to put themselves in place for the conference title. This weekend they face crosstown rival Loyola Marymount, who sits in third behind San Diego and Pepperdine, with a record of 11-7, .611. The Toreros are idle in conference play until the three-game set with the Waves at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning May 25.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Waves are 139-72 all-time against their crosstown rivals, LMU. Last season they took two-of-three from the Lions at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves are 15-9 against the Lions all-time under head coach Steve Rodriguez. They have also won the last five series against the Lions, last losing a series in 2006.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: The Lions are led by Colten Plaia with a .314 batting average through 47 games. He also leads the team with 34 RBIs and five home runs. Zac Fujimoto is the other Lion batting over .300 with a .327 average. They enter this weekend after taking two-of-three from Conference leader San Diego, but fell 13-7 at San Diego State on Tuesday.
WELLS FARGO PCH CUP: Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime crosstown adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Cup. The series serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference. The Waves have won the first two titles and the upcoming series provides the final opportunity for the Waves and Lions to collect Wells Fargo PCH Cup points. However, even with this weekend, without any other planned events between the two schools, the Waves have wrapped up the 2011-12 Wells Fargo PCH Cup with 11.5 points to the Lions' 6.5 points. Each LMU win this weekend would garner one point, while each point for the Waves this weekend is equal to 1.5 points on the road.
ENTERING THE RANKINGS: The Waves are ranked 33rd according to Perfect Game USA and the team is receiving votes in the NCBWA poll.
GETTING THE HONORS: Junior second baseman Joe Sever was named West Coast Conference Rawlings Player of the Week for the second time this season on May 14. He batted .500 with six RBIs and four runs scored as the Waves went 3-1 on the week. On April 16 Sever also earned the weekly honor 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 Grandpre was 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.
MIDSEASON WATCH LISTS: Freshman outfielder Aaron Brown was named to the midseason watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award. Likewise, junior shortstop Zach Vincej was tabbed for the midseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year for the top shortstop in the country. Vincej was one of 50 selected and boasts the best fielding percentage (.990) of the group.
STANDOUTS: The Waves are batting a combined .283 on the season. Shortstop Zach Vincej boasts a .347 batting average, with 70 hits, 47 runs scored, 22 RBI, 15 doubles and two home runs. The home runs are the second and third of his career and the first since his freshman season in 2010. LF Tony Cooper, who has appeared in 44 games, starting 37 of those, has a .305 batting average with 43 hits and two triples. Second baseman Joe Sever leads with 46 RBI, including four against Gonzaga on March 31 and the game-winning RBIs in two of three games against BYU. 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, a three-run bomb at Cal State Fullerton and a solo shot at Santa Clara gives Sever the team lead in home runs. Sever also leads the team with a .391 batting average. First baseman Sam Meyer, who has started 44 games, is finding his swing and is second on the team lead with four home runs. Utility Miles Silverstein is also tied for third with three along with third baseman Austin Davidson.
ON THE MOUND: Despite the midseason slide the Waves' pitching staff has been solid so far, boasting a 3.76 team ERA. Midweek starter LHP Matt Maurer is 6-1 on the season. RHP Corey Miller is next with a 7-3 record on the season. The ace, RHP Jon Moscot leads the team with 79 strikeouts and has also has thrown four complete games on the year and in his outing at Saint Mary's he threw 8.2 innings of no-hit baseball. 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 17.2 innings in 11 appearances. LHP Brian McIlhenny leads with 18 appearances out of the pen and had thrown a collective 8.0 innings. At the end of games, RHP Michael Swanner has eight saves for the Waves, along with LHP Aaron Brown who has four. RHP Eric Karch showed his versatility as he won his first start of the season over Columbia, but has also made 20 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 62 runs. Brown started 32 games in right field, as Matt Gelalich has started 47 of 48 in center field. Davidson has made 46 starts at third base and Grandpre has started 22 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 Quintero also have chipped in with scoreless outings. Brown also has picked up a four saves, good for second on the team.
IN THE NCAA STATS: The team ranks 37th with a with a .974 fielding percentage and 61st with 0.9 double plays per game. Individually, Zach Vincej is 12th with 7.0 sacrifice flies. Jon Moscot's four complete games rank 30th in the nation.
WAVES AMONG THE WCC LEADERS: Joe Sever fourth in the conference with a .381 batting average. Sever is second with 77 hits on the season and is second with a .461 on base percentage. Sever is also second with 46 RBIs and fifth with five home runs. Zach Vincej is second with 47 runs scored and fifth with 15 doubles. His batting average of .350 is seventh best. Matt Gelalich is sixth in the league with 28 walks. Michael Swanner is fifth in the league with eight saves, while Aaron Brown is 10th with four. Jon Moscot is fourth with 90.1 innings pitched and third with 79 strikeouts. He also leads the conference with four complete games. Corey Miller is fourth with seven wins (7-3). As a team the Waves are third in batting (.283) and sixth in pitching (3.76 ERA).