Puckett is the 17th player in program history picked in the second round or higher.
There are currently 17 former Waves playing professionally both in the U.S. and internationally.
Baseball's Steve Rodriguez steps down after 12 seasons as the Waves' head coach.
CAREER: Produced one of the finest pitching careers in Pepperdine and West Coast Conference (WCC) history . . . Ranks second in program history and tied for fourth in WCC annals with 35-8 career record . . . Victory total ties for fourth in WCC history . . . No. 1 in Pepperdine history in fewest walks allowed per nine innings with 1.58 and fourth all-time with 353.0 innings pitched . . . 56 starts rank second all-time . . . Ranks 13th in program annals with 211 strikeouts . . . Selected third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball following junior campaign . . . Earned Freshman All-American and WCC Freshman of the Year recognition in 2005 . . . Also tabbed second team all-conference . . . Selected WCC Co-Pitcher of the Year and first team All-WCC as a sophomore in 2006 . . . Tabbed preseason All-American in 2007 . . . Opened career with 17-0 record against WCC opponents . . . Holds an 18-2 record and 2.91 ERA in conference play . . . Has 3.44 career ERA . . . Part of a 2004 Pepperdine recruiting class that was ranked No. 7 nationally by Baseball America.
2007: Tabbed third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball . . . A unanimous All-West Coast Conference selection . . . Finished 12-5 with a 1.99 ERA while making 18 starts . . . 12 wins tied for fifth-most in the nation and ERA ranked 18th nationally following regional play . . . Win total also ties for 9th on program's single-season wins list . . . Logged a team and career-high 131.1 innings, allowed 117 hits, 38 runs (29 earned), walked 14 and struck out 91 . . . Innings pitched total ranks second on Pepperdine's single-season list while 0.96 walks per nine innings is a school record and 18 games started ties for eighth . . . Held opposition to a .240 average . . . Pitched at least eight innings nine times and seven innings 14 times . . . Reached double-digit wins for the third straight year . . .Led WCC in ERA, wins, innings pitched and tied for first in starts . . . Fifth in opponents' batting average and strikeouts . . . Allowed three runs or less in 14 of 18 starts . . . Issued two walks or fewer in all 18 starts . . . Allowed two walks in a game three times . . . Tabbed a preseason All-American . . . Named to preseason watch list for Roger Clemens and Blake Wallace Awards, given annually to college baseball's top pitcher and player, respectively . . . Selected to Dick Howser Trophy watch list . . . Named semi-finalist for Roger Clemens Award, USA Baseball Gold Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy . . . Named WCC Co-Pitcher of the Month along with San Diego's Brian Matusz for February after posting a 4-0 record and 0.59 ERA . . . In four starts, worked 30.2 innings, allowed 20 hits, three runs (two earned), walked two, struck out 15 and limited opposing batters to a .190 average . . . Capped the month with a complete-game three-hit shutout against Fresno State (2-23) . . . Closed the month with a 21.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak . . . Made season debut and earned the win following a seven-inning outing at UNLV (2-2), allowing three hits, an unearned and striking out a season-high five batters . . . Worked 7.1 innings, allowed seven hits, two runs, walked two and struck out three while picking up a victory versus UC Davis (2-9) . . . Effort earned him selection to the College Baseball Foundation's Honor Roll . . . Selected the WCC Pitcher of the Week and named to the College Baseball Foundation's Honor Roll after pitching 7.1 innings, scattering seven hits and striking out four versus Wichita State (2-16) . . . Suffered first loss of the season at East Carolina (3-2) after pitching 6.1 innings, allowing seven hits, five runs (four earned), walking two and striking out three . . . Did not receive a decision at Oklahoma State (3-9) after pitching seven innings, scattering eight hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out eight . . . Earned a win versus Minnesota (3-16) after pitching 6.0 innings, allowing six hits, an unearned run, walking one and striking out six . . . Went 8.0 scoreless innings, walked one and struck out seven in a win at San Francisco (4-13). . . . Shortest outing of season came at San Diego (4-27) after pitching 4.0 innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, one walk and striking out one . . . Earned a win versus Cal State Fullerton (5-2), pitching 8.0 innings, allowing two hits, two walks and striking out four . . . Performance earned him WCC Pitcher of the Week honors . . . Struck out a career-high nine batters in 8.0 innings versus Gonzaga (5-11) . . . Was tough-luck loser and suffered back-to-back losses for first time in career versus UC Irvine (5-15) . . . After allowing leadoff triple, retired 12 straight batters before consecutive errors to open fifth inning resulted in two unearned runs . . . Earned a victory in regular-season finale at Portland (5-20) after throwing a complete-game, allowing seven hits, one earned run, one walk and striking out eight . . . Started the opener at the Long Beach Regional and was the losing pitcher after working 6.1 innings, allowing seven hits, six runs (five earned), walking one and striking out six.
SUMMER 2006: Played for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League . . . Posted a 3-3 record and 3.82 ERA while appearing in seven games and starting six . . . Worked 33.0 innings, allowed 45 hits, 14 earned runs, walked five and struck out 23 . . . Also recorded a save.
2006: Tabbed the West Coast Conference's Co-Pitcher of the Year along with San Francisco's Scott Cousins and was selected first team All-WCC . . . Posted a 13-2 overall mark and 4.05 ERA . . . Led the WCC in victories while pitching a conference and career-high 124.1 innings . . . Allowed 145 hits, 56 earned runs, walked 22 and struck out a career-high 68 . . . Thirteen wins tie for sixth-most in Pepperdine history . . . Went 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA in seven starts during WCC play . . . Worked seven or more innings nine times . . . Named to the Rogers Clemens Award Watch List . . . Tabbed WCC Player of the Week (2-20), National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA) and named to the College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame after earning victories over then No. 15 Long Beach State (2-14) and No. 2 Oregon State (2-19). . . In the two games, worked 15.0 innings, allowed 10 hits, three runs (two earned), walked five and struck out 10 while limiting opposing batters to a .200 average . . . Against Long Beach State, logged seven innings, surrendered five hits, two runs, three walks and struck out four . . . Followed that outing with an eight-inning performance against Oregon State, allowing five hits, an unearned run, walking two and striking out six . . . Pitched first career complete game against Oklahoma State (3-11) after working nine innings, scattering seven hits, allowing three runs (two earned), walking one and striking out one . . . Struck out a career-high eight batters in seven innings against San Francisco (4-8) . . . Named WCC Pitcher of the Week (4-17) after pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits, walking two and striking out four at Santa Clara (4-14). . . Named the WCC's Co-Pitcher of the Month for April after registering a 3-0 record and 2.27 ERA in five appearances . . . Logged 35.2 innings, allowed 40 hits, 13 runs (nine earned), walked four and struck out 21 . . . Earned a victory over Missouri (6-2) in the Waves' opening game of the Malibu Regional after pitching 7.1 innings, allowing eight hits, one run, walking one and striking out four.
2005: Named to Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-American team . . . Selected West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year . . . Named second team All-WCC . . . Appeared in 18 games, all as a starter, and went 10-1 with a 4.62 ERA . . . Logged 97.1 innings, allowed 115 hits, 57 runs (50 earned), walked 26 and struck out 52 . . . Registered an 8-0 mark and 3.36 ERA in 10 WCC starts . . . Worked 59 innings, allowed 71 hits, 25 runs (22 earned), walked 14 and struck out 31 . . . First collegiate appearance and start came vs. UC Santa Barbara (2-5) . . . Worked three innings, allowed three hits, five runs (four earned), walked four and struck out two . . . Was not credited with a decision in a 12-9 Pepperdine loss . . . Pitched a then career-high seven innings in second start vs. Cal Poly (2-13) and did not receive a decision after allowing three hits, three runs, one walk and striking out a then career-high six . . . Earned first career victory at Minnesota (3-6) after pitching six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out two . . . Equaled season-high in strikeouts with six after pitching 6.1 innings at San Francisco (4-2) . . . Matched season-best in innings pitched vs. Saint Mary's (4-10) after tossing seven innings, allowing five hits, one run, one walk and striking out three . . . Named to the College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame Honor Roll after pitching six innings, surrendering four hits, two runs and striking out three versus Santa Clara (5-15) . . . Pitched five solid innings, allowing eight hits, two runs and striking out one to earn the victory in the Waves' division-clinching win vs. San Francisco (5-22) . . . Turned in a solid outing against Long Beach State at the Long Beach Regional as he worked seven innings, allowed six hits, three runs, walked one and struck out one in earning the victory in a 6-3 win that kept the Waves alive.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterman in baseball and football at Saint Mary's High in Stockton, California . . . Tabbed All-San Joaquin Athletic Association (SJAA) sophomore through junior seasons and named first team all-state in 2004 . . . Selected Saint Mary's "Athlete of the Year" three times . . . Two-time SJAA "Most Valuable Player" and three-time team MVP . . . SJAA "Offensive Player of the Year" as a sophomore . . . Posted an 8-1 record and 2.00 ERA in addition to batting .466 with seven home runs and 43 RBI as a junior . . . A 2004 Preseason all-state selection . . . Batted .536 and collected 67 RBI while posting a 13-1 record, 1.01 ERA and 107 strikeouts . . . Earned first team All-SJAA and all-San Joaquin County honors as Saint Mary's starting quarterback in 2003 and 2004 . . . Selected first team all-state as a senior after throwing for 2,572 yards, 27 touchdowns and three interceptions while leading team to a 13-2 mark.
PERSONAL: Born March 30, 1986 . . . A resident of Stockton, California . . . Attended Saint Mary's High in Stockton . . . Competed for the Brewers at the 2004 Area Code Games in Long Beach . . . Considered Arizona, Arizona State, California, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Miami, Fla., Notre Dame, Pacific, Santa Clara and Stanford before choosing Pepperdine.