Junior pitcher Kiko Garcia speaks with us about this year's team, and about the seniors that he has played with for the last three years. The Waves take on rival LMU in a three-game WCC series in Malibu starting Friday.
Q: The Waves are coming
off of a couple of tough games against BYU and USCB. What does the team need to
do to get back on track and finish the conference season strong?
A: I think we need to get back to the things we were doing earlier in the year that were working for us. Coming from the perspective of a pitcher, we were successful in getting ahead early and attacking hitters, and I think that we just haven't been executing like we should be as of late. Mentally, we are all there. We know what we need to do. We just need to execute.
Q: Each year you have been here, the teams have all had something special about
them. What do you think that "something" is for this year's squad?
A: I think that this year, the team
has such great chemistry. There haven't been any fights between the guys. We
are all super close, and we are absolutely set up for success.
Q: As a junior, you have spent your
entire career with the seniors of this year. How have they influenced you in
your career at Pepperdine?
A: They have definitely laid the
groundwork for all of the success in the past. They are probably my favorite
senior group that I have played with at Pepperdine. They really get the team
motivated to play each and every day, and are really good role models for the
Q: Do you have a favorite memory with any of the seniors?
A: I think it has to be with Chandler Blanchard. As a pitching staff, we come together on road trips and make music with him. A funny example is when we went to Texas this year. We made a little bit of a soundtrack, and it was a lot of fun to make, and we had a lot of laughs doing so.
Q: How do you think the leadership of the seniors has helped your leadership
with the freshmen and sophomores?
A: I think that they set a standard of what Pepperdine baseball is all about.
There is definitely a high standard of play here, higher than other schools, it
feels, and I think that the seniors have done a great job of making that
Q: As a junior, you only have one more year after this as a Wave, what are you
most looking forward to as a senior?
A: Making the most of my career here. It could be the last year of baseball I ever play, so I just want to make the best of it and embrace the memories. I will be leaving all I have on the field for sure.
Q: Do you have plans for your post grad? Are you looking to play ball after
A: If it happens, it happens, and it would be great. Realistically, it's
super hard to make it all the way, but if the opportunity arises, I will
absolutely take it. If not, I want to go to grad school and become a normal
Q: Finally, with the season getting nearer to the end, what can we expect from
the Waves coming down the stretch?
A: I think you will see a lot of fight. A lot more than you have seen recently. We are going to compete as hard as we can. Especially this week against LMU. They are one of our biggest rivals, and it is always a really competitive series. We just need to execute and get it done to get a chance to go to the conference tournament, and as far as we can run with it.