Waves Battle Gaels in Series With WCC Championship Implications
Chris Amezquita Blasts Seventh Home Run of the Year
Aaron Brown Throws First Complete Game; Chris Amezquita Hits Three-Run Homer
Pepperdine Limited to Four Hits
Pepperdine Continues Five-Game Homestand vs. Bulldogs
Waves swept Western Michigan with a 10-6 win Sunday (2/17). (Photos by Stephen Wandzura & Viktor Steury )
CAREER HIGHS:Hits: 3 (2x), Last: 3/24/13 vs. Santa Clara;Runs: 4, 2/15/13 vs. Western Michigan;HR: 1 (11x), Last: 4/30/13 vs. USC;RBI: 4, 3/24/13 vs. Santa Clara;SB: 2 (2x), Last: 3/25/11 vs. Dayton;Hitting Streak: 5g, 2/15/13 - 2/20/13.
2013/SENIOR: Turned in productive final season at Pepperdine ... Led the Waves in home runs with seven ... Ranked fifth among WCC leaders in home runs and was sixth in hit-by-pitches (9) ... Ranked in the top-four among team leaders in several offensive categories including slugging (4th/.422), RBI (T-4th/24), runs (2nd/31), doubles (4th/12) and total bases (4th/70) ... Turned in nine multi-hit games, including a pair with a career-high three hits ... Went 3-for-5 against Western Michigan (2/17) with a double and home run and had a 3-for-4 day with two doubles and a homer against Santa Clara (3/24) ... Also drove in a career-high four runs against the Broncos ... Homered in back-to-back games against Santa Clara (3/23-3/24) and had three long balls in a four-game span ... Doubled twice against Loyola Marymount (3/15) ... Drew three walks in the season opener against Western Michigan (2/15) ... Posted a five-game hitting streak.
2012/JUNIOR : Redshirted the season due to injury.
2011/SUMMER: Playing for the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League.
2011/SOPHOMORE: Appeared in 36 games (33 starts) during his first season at Pepperdine and hit .275 with three home runs, 13 RBI and six stolen bases ... Split time in the starting lineup between the corner outfield positions and designated hitter ... Credited with two outfield assists, gunning down runners at second and home ... Did not commit an error through 19 outfield starts and 26 chances ... Tied a career high with his 14th two-hit game (4/17 at USD) and recorded the second three-RBI outing of his career at Portland (4/9, G1) ... Posted the Waves longest reached base streak of the season at 21 games (2/27 to 4/2) and was one of four players to share a season high of seven at-bats (15.0 inning game at UC Santa Barbara, 4/19) ... One of two Waves (Joe Sever) to homer in consecutive games and did so vs. the Pilots on 4/8 & 9 ... Enjoyed productive three-game series vs. Dayton (3/25-27), batting .444 with a home run and two RBI ... Hit above .400 in series vs. Eastern Kentucky (2/18-20) with four RBI as all four of his base hits went for extra bases ... Finished second on team with 11 doubles despite missing final 20 games due to injury.
2010/FALL: Did not compete at the Blue and Orange World Series due to injury.
2010/SUMMER: Played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League... Batted .263 with three home runs and 15 RBI for a team that finished the year 42-28 and qualified for postseason play ... Also smacked seven doubles, a triple and scored 23 runs ... Posted a three-hit game with a run and two RBI in a 10-7 win over Wisconsin Rapids (8/7) ... Recorded an eight-game hitting streak from June 27 to July 7, in which he hit hit .360 with four runs, double, triple, home run and four RBI ... Also homered in games at Eau Clarie (8/8) and Battle Creek (7/3) ... Stole three bases ... Appeared in 44 of club's 70 games.
2010/REDSHIRT: Missed entire season due to the NCAA transfer rule that prohibits a player who has transferred from one NCAA school from immediately participating in the baseball program at another one. 2009/FALL: Led all players at the Blue and Orange World Series with two home runs ... Hit his first home run against Blue reliever Brad Jesernig to kick start an 11-run eighth inning for Orange, which entered that frame trailing 2-0 ... Came up to bat again that inning and smacked a single through the left side as part of a 2-for-4 day at the plate ... Went 3-for-4 in game two, which included a solo home run off starter Cole Cook and an RBI single in the ninth ... Finished the three-game series 5-for-11 with a team-high four runs and two RBI ... Also struck out twice and was hit by a pitch ... Scored an unearned insurance run in the ninth inning of game three (11/15) on a sacrifice fly by Mike Hole ... Played errorless ball around the infield through seven chances.
2009/FRESHMAN: Played in 28 games for UCLA, making 13 starts (seven at third base, six as designated hitter) ... Batted .259 with five doubles, one triple, one home run, nine RBI and eight runs ... Collected two multiple-hit games and two multiple-RBI efforts ... Went 1-for-1 in the season opener against UC Davis, belting a two-run home run to left field in his first at-bat as a Bruin, serving as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning (2/20) ... Went 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run in a 7-2 win at Pepperdine (3/25) ... Went 1-for-3 with one triple, two RBI and two runs in a series-clinching 8-6 win over Arizona (3/29) ... Went 1-for-3 with an RBI-double and one walk at Washington State (4/4) ... Went 2-for-3 with one run, one walk and one stolen base in a 4-2 victory against Washington (4/17).
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Servite High School under head coaches Todd Cook and Dave Lawn (started all four seasons as a shortstop, third baseman and pitcher) ... Named an AFLAC All-American in 2007 ... Also named to the Sporting News High School All-America Team ... Earned preseason All-America honors in 2008 from Louisville Slugger and Perfect Game ... Listed among top 50 high school prospects by Yahoo Sports Rise Magazine ... Rated the 69th-best prospect in the nation by Baseball America in October 2007 ... Tabbed the 37th-best prospect in the 2008 class at the World Wood Bat Association fall championships by Baseball America ... Had limited playing time as a senior due to injury ... As a junior, earned first-team All-Trinity League honors; batted .394 with three home runs, 14 doubles and 22 walks in 71 at-bats ... His 14 doubles tied the school's single-season record with Cleveland Indians' first baseman Ryan Garko ... Posted a 4-2 record and 3.45 ERA in 24.1 innings on the mound in 2007 ... As a sophomore (2006), hit .300 with two home runs, six doubles and two triples ... Listed as one of top five shortstops to watch in 2008 by the Los Angeles Times ... Also listed as one of top five players to watch from 2005-2008 by the Orange County Register.
CLUB: Ranked among the top prospects at the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau showcase in Compton, Calif., a Perfect Game event in Cincinnati and USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C ... Was a Milwaukee Brewers Area Code Games selection ... Played for the Brewers Elite, Angels Elite and Dodgers Elite teams ... Was a Student Sports Baseball Top-50 USA selection ... Competed for the Seattle Mariners Scout Team from 2006-2008.
PERSONAL: Given name is Christopher Ryan Amezquita ... Born in Downey, Calif. and raised in La Mirada ... Advertising major ... Son of Mark and Lillian Amezquita ... Brother of Anthony and Michael ... Plays guitar ... Chose to attend Pepperdine for its location and strong baseball and academic programs ... Lists hanging out with friends and going to country concerts among his hobbies.
FAVORITES: Evan Longoria (pro baseball player) ... Tampa Bay Rays (pro baseball team) ... The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez (book) ... Wedding Crashers (movie) ... Entourage (TV show) ... Kenny Chesney (musical artist) ... Sushi (food) ... Football (sport other than baseball).