Tracking a Busy Summer for Pepperdine
Aaron Brown (Cleveland), Corey Miller (Milwaukee) and Michael Swanner (Atlanta) All Tabbed Saturday
Austin Davidson and Kolten Yamaguchi Capture First Team Selections
Aaron Brown Earns Sixth Win; Michael Swanner Collects WCC-Leading 14th Save; Bryan Langlois Homers
Michael Swanner Posts 12th Save; Hutton Moyer Collects Three Hits
Pepperdine took a thrilling 1-0 victory (11) against Washington Saturday on a walk-off single by Hutton Moyer.
Waves swept Western Michigan with a 10-6 win Sunday (2/17). (Photos by Stephen Wandzura & Viktor Steury )
Waves win 2012 WCC Title May 27, 2012 Pepperdine 5, USD 1 Malibu, Calif. Photos by Jeff Golden and Stephen Wandzura
Pepperdine Waves vs. UC Irvine Anteaters in Dodgertown Classic Dodger Stadium Photos by Jacqueline & Stephen Wandzura
Waves vs. Oklahoma Sunday, February 19, 2012 Eddy D. Field Stadium, Malibu, Calif. Photos by Stephen Wandzura
2013 MLB DRAFT: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 16th round (493rd pick) ... Swanner signed.
2013/JUNIOR: Emerged as one of the top closers in collegiate baseball as a junior for the Waves ... Led the league in saves (14) and gave up runs in just two of 15 outings in 2013 ... The righthander posted a 1-1 record with a 1.50 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 24.0 innings ... Struck out a season-high three batters at USC (3/12) and at Brigham Young (3/30) ... Opposing batters hit just .165 and managed two extra-base hits ... A member of the 2013 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List ... Finished the regular season ranked fourth in Pepperdine single-season history in saves ... Named All-WCC Honorable Mention.
2012/SOPHOMORE: Swanner made 22 appearances during his sophomore season, mostly as the Waves' closer out of the bullpen ... He finished with eight saves, tying for fifth in the conference ... In 24.1 innings thrown, he was 3-3 with a 2.96 ERA ... He earned his first victory over the season on Feb. 19 vs. Oklahoma, after throwing 0.2 innings and not allowing a hit as the Waves won 7-6 ... His first save came on Mar. 13 vs. UC Irvine in the Dodgertown Classic, as the Waves won 3-2. Swanner threw 0.1 innings and did not allow a run ... Had a season and tied his career high of two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work vs. Columbia (3/14) and again at Santa Clara (4/22) in 1.2 innings ... Also had saves against Columbia (3/14), Kent State(3/19), Portland (4/14), twice against Santa Clara (4/21 & 4/22), BYU (5/12) and Long Beach State (5/15) ... Never allowed more than two walks in one outing.
2011/SUMMER: Playing for the Danville (Ill.) Dans of the Prospect League ... Named to the league's annual mid-season All-Star Game played in Beckley, W.Va. ... League's leading closer at the All-Star Break with eight saves in his 10 appearances and allowed one earned run in 13.2 innings pitched, issuing 14 strikeouts and three walks.
2011/FRESHMAN: Appeared out of bullpen 21 times as a rookie, posting an 0-0 record, 3.95 ERA and 14 strikeouts ... Totaled 27.1 innings and faced 115 batters ... Allowed five of 15 inherited runners to score ... Retired 18 of the first 21 batters he faced to start an outing - a success rate of 86 percent ... Pitched at his best during the game's final three innings, registering a cumulative ERA of 2.19 (3 ER, 12.1 IP) with 5 Ks ... Made collegiate debut at No. 2 UCLA (2/22) and pitched a career high 3.0 no-hit innings, but also issued a career high six walks that led to a pair of Bruins runs ... Struck out two UCLA batters and matched that game high in his final outing on May 28 vs. Saint Mary's ... Recorded a pair of four-game scoreless streaks ... The first took place from March 4 -13 vs. East Carolina and Louisville, and the second was registered from May 7 - 20 vs. Santa Clara, San Francisco, Long Beach and Gonzaga ... Allowed just one run (5/22 vs. Gonzaga) over the season's final month, which lowered his ERA from a season worst 5.71 to 3.95.
2010/FALL: Did not compete during Pepperdine's Fall World Series.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2010 from La Costa Canyon HS where he was a two-year varsity letterwinner for head coach Justin Machado ... Finished his senior year with an 8-2 record, 70 strikeouts through 60 innings pitched and a 2.50 earned-run average ... Helped lead team to the Avacado League championship. CLUB: Has played for the Yankees Scout Team, Angels Elite Scout Team and the Poway Thunder ... Received opportunity to play baseball in the Dominican Republic.
PERSONAL: Given name is Michael James Swanner ... Born in La Jolla, Calif. and raised in Cardiff ... Major is undeclared ... Son of Chris and Randi Swanner ... Brother to Will ... Chose to attend Pepperdine for its campus and the friendly people.
FAVORITES: Mat Latos (pro baseball player) ... San Diego Padres (pro baseball team) ... Scar Tissue (book) .... Fast Times at Ridgemont High (movie) ... Family Guy (TV show) ... Red Hot Chili Peppers (musical artist) ... Pasta (food) ... Surfing (sport other than baseball).