Waves Baseball to Host San Diego with the WCC Title on the Line
May 23, 2012
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Friday vs. San Diego Jon Moscot, RHP vs. Paul Sewald, RHP 3 p.m. PT
Saturday vs. San Diego Scott Frazier, RHP vs. Dylan Covey, RHP 1 p.m. PT
Sunday vs. San Diego Corey Miller, RHP vs. Calvin Drummond, RHP 1 p.m. PT
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Waves (32-20, 14-7 WCC) are in a showdown with No. 20 San Diego (39-13, 14-7 WCC) for the West Coast Conference title in a winner takes all three game series this weekend at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The winner of the series will come out with the WCC championship and the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The last time the Waves won a title was in 2006 and the Toreros last won in 2010. Sunday's game will also be senior day for six graduating seniors - David DiPaola, Matt Forgatch, Floyd Given, Trevor McDonald and Ryan Van Amburg.
LAST WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Waves went 3-1 last week, including taking two-of-three from crosstown rival Loyola Marymount in a key WCC series. They also defeated Long Beach State 5-3 in a nonconference tilt on Tuesday.
WAVECASTS: Check out live video and commentary of all the games on pepperdinesports.com. Live stats will also be available.
MILITARY MEMBERS IN FREE: In honor of Memorial Day, all military members and their families will get into Sunday's game for free, just need to show their military ID at the gate.
20 YEARS AGO: Pepperdine won its one and only NCAA title in baseball in 1992, 20 years ago. Saturday's game will be a homecoming of sorts, as the Waves of the 1992 team will be welcomed back to Eddy D. Field Stadium. Members of the title team, which includes current head coach Steve Rodriguez, will be throwing out the first pitch. The team will also be wearing throwback uniforms in honor of that year.
IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE RANKINGS: The Waves and Toreros enter this weekend with the same conference record of 14-7. The Waves are in search of their 18th WCC baseball title, with their last coming in 2006. That year they were 42-21 overall and finished tied for first in the conference with a record of 15-6. The Waves' first WCC title came in 1974. This year marks the fourth time the two teams have met in a WCC championship series. The three prior times, 2002, 2003 and 2008 saw USD come out on top. Two of the three series were in Malibu, with the 2008 series in San Diego.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Waves are 119-67 all-time against the Toreros. Last year they dropped two-of-three at San Diego. The Waves are 7-17 against the Toreros under head coach Steve Rodriguezduring the regular season. In 2008 the Waves dropped two at San Diego as the two teams faced off in the WCC Championship series. The last time the Waves took two of three from the Toreros was in the 2006, the last year they won the conference title.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS: The Toreros' highest ranking in the national polls is No. 20 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll. The team's record of 39-13 ties the best record at USD through 53 games since the 2008 season. They enter this weekend after a 10 day break. The team is led offensively by sophomore third baseman Kris Bryant, who is batting .369 and leads the team with 56 RBIs and 14 home runs. As a team they are batting an impressive .316. As a team they boast an ERA of 3.21 and two of their three starters have won eight games so far on the year.
GARNERING NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Junior shortstop Zach Vincej has been named one of 25 finalists for the College Baseball Hall of Fame Brooks Wallace Award, given to the top shortstop in the country. He leads all finalists with the highest fielding percentage. Freshman outfielder Aaron Brownwas named to the midseason watch list for the College Baseball Hall of Fame John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award.
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. The week of May 14 also saw Sever named CollegeBaseballInsider.com West Player of 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 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.
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 68 runs. Brown started 32 games in right field, as Matt Gelalich has started 51 of 52 in center field. Davidson has made 50 starts at third base and Grandpre has started 25 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 four saves, good for second on the team.
VERSATILITY: During his four-year career at Pepperdine, UTIL Miles Silversteinhas played in the outfield, at every infield position and catcher. This year he has received the bulk of his starts at catcher, but has also started a first base and designated hitter.
ENTERING THE RANKINGS: Pepperdine is ranked 28th according to Perfect Game USA and is receiving votes in the NCBWA poll.
IN THE NCAA STATS: The team ranks 30th with 0.98 double plays per game. They are also 43rd with 27.0 sacrifice flies. Individually, Joe Sever's batting average of .382 ranks 34th nationally and Zach Vincej is 8th with 7.0 sacrifice flies. Jon Moscot's four complete games rank 36th in the nation and Corey Miller14 games started is 27th nationally.
WAVES AMONG THE WCC LEADERS: Joe Sever is third in the conference with a .366 batting average. Sever is second with 80 hits on the season and is second with a .467 on base percentage. Sever is also second with 50 RBIs and tied for fourth with six home runs. Zach Vincej is second with 51 runs scored and leads the conference with 18 doubles. His batting average of .347 is ninth best. Matt Gelalich is sixth in the league with 29 walks. Michael Swanner is fifth in the league with eight saves. Jon Moscot is third with 97.1 innings pitched and tied for third with 82 strikeouts. He also leads the conference with four complete games. Corey Miller and Scott Frazierare tied for fourth with seven wins (7-3) apiece. As a team the Waves are third in batting (.285) and sixth in pitching (3.66 ERA).
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguezhas completed eight seasons as head coach of Pepperdine baseball and owns an all-time record of 295-226 (.566) ... He is second-all time in the wins category, only Dave Gorrie has a better record of 409-2-2 (.667) ... Rodriguez is five wins away from 300 career victories ... 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 ... Only seven wins away from 300 career victories.
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.
WAVES IN THE MLB DRAFT: Aaron Brown (17), Pittsburgh Pirates ... Austin Davidson (21), Boston Red Sox in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... Scott Frazier(5) Philadelphia Phillies in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
WAVES AT EDDY D. FIELD STADIUM IN 2012 (21-9, .700): The Waves are poised for another winning season at Eddy D. Field Stadium ... Have not experienced a losing season at home since 1973 -- their inaugural year on the Malibu Campus ... Their stretch currently 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) ... The Waves are in their 40th season at Eddy D. Field Stadium in 2012, where they are 847-341-12 (.711).