The Waves opened the season with a 2-1 series win over Oakland
The Waves start the regular season on Feb. 19 at home.
The Waves close out the series vs. the Pilots on Sunday.
Austin Davidson and Kolten Yamaguchi Capture First Team Selections
Aaron Brown Throws First Complete Game; Chris Amezquita Hits Three-Run Homer
2015/SENIOR: Appeared in 48 games this season, starting 38 … Went on to have 35 hits and bat .241 this season … Drove in 20 runs, hitting six doubles and four home runs … Scored 19 runs, second most of his career … Drew 10 walks on the year … Scored a career-high three runs against Pacific (4/4).
2014/JUNIOR: Made 32 appearances and 21 starts, splitting time at catcher for the Waves in 2014 ... Was named Preseason All-WCC ... Hit .173 with 19 RBI on the year ... Hit two homers and scored eight runs ... Drew nine walks ... Hit a two-run homer against Santa Clara (3/22) ... Had a solo-homer against San Francisco (4/18) ... Was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored against Saint Mary's (4/5) ... Made 17 starts at catcher for the Waves.
2013 SUMMER LEAGUE: Competed for the Torrington Titans in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League ... Batted .140 with three doubles and two RBI.
2013/SOPHOMORE: Emerged as a potent offensive threat for Pepperdine as a sophomore ... Led the Waves in batting, hitting .309 with six doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI ... During league play, the Hawaiian ranked second on the team in average, connecting at a .323 clip with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBI in 19 games ... Made first two hits of the season memorable with home runs on consecutive at-bats at USC (3/12) ... Hit a game-tying homer against Loyola Marymount (3/17) ... Posted 10 multi-hit games, including a four-hit game in a 4-for-4, two RBI day against Santa Clara (3/24) ... Collected five multi-RBI games, including a career-high three at USC ... Went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI against Washington (4/5) ... Turned in an eight-game hitting streak and reached base safely in 14 straight contests ... Swiped four bases ... Threw out six base-runners ... Earned All-WCC First Team honors.
2012/FRESHMAN: As a true freshman, Yamaguchi made 14 appearances for the Waves, including nine starts as catcher ... He batted .310, going 9-for-29 with three RBI and one double ... Tallied one sacrifice ... Had first collegiate hit on Feb. 18 vs. Oklahoma ... Went 3-for-5 with one RBI, a double and one run scored in a victory over Kent State (3/18) ... Had a second multi-hit game on March 20 in a win over Long Beach State, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and scoring two runs. Also had lone sacrifice of the season in that win ... Drew three walks on April 6 at Saint Mary's ... Had a .981 fielding percentage, caught one runner stealing ... Recorded 48 putouts.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Konawaena High School ... Was a four year member of the National Honor Society and a three year honor roll member ... Played three years of varsity baseball for Lloyd Fujino ... Was All Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) as a junior and sophomore ... Also lettered in football, basketball and paddling.
PERSONAL: Given name is Kolten Kinya Kai'mialoha Yamaguchi ... son of Keven and Emma Yamaguchi .. Chose Pepperdine because he and his family really liked Coach Rodriguez ... Aims to excel in collegiate baseball and play professional ball ... Lists his walk-off home run to take his team to the World Series for the Little League Senior Division as his biggest sports thrill.
FAVORITES: Enjoys hunting, fishing, spear fishing and playing other sports ... Lists Robinson Cano as his biggest sports hero ... Loves baseball because of the "challenge and teamwork it requires." ... Favorites include Beyond Paradise (movie), Entourage (TV show), Katchafire (musical artist), steak (food) and spearfishing (sport other than baseball).