Pepperdine has produced a total of 34 major league players.
Thames is in his second professional season playing in Korea.
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: Eric Thames concluded his first season at Pepperdine after transferring from West Valley Junior College in Saratoga, California . . . Used primarily as Waves' designated hitter in 2007 . . . Has great power and speed . . . Possesses good bat control and is a good situational hitter . . . Has a great work ethic and possesses the ability to make the team better.
2007: Played in 53 games, starting all 53 . . . Used primarily as the designated hitter . . . Batted .320 (64-for-200) with 33 runs scored, nine doubles, five triples and a team-leading 44 RBI . . . Totaled 19 multiple-hit games and led the club with 11 multiple-RBI contests . . . .Batted .286 (24-84) with a team-high 17 RBI in WCC play . . . Opened the season by hitting safely in the first seven games, batting .667 (10-15) with six runs, seven RBI, a 1.067 slugging percentage and .773 on-base percentage . . . Went 6-for-9 (.667) with four runs scored and four RBI in season-opening series at UNLV (2/2-2/4) . . . Collected a season-high three hits and scored twice in series-opener versus UC Davis (2-9) . . . Missed next three games due to a wrist injury . . . Returned to the line-up versus No. 11 Wichita State (2-16) and batted .400 (4-for-10) with a run scored, three RBI and reached base in seven of 13 plate appearances . . . Equaled season-high with three hits and established a personal-best with three RBI in Game 2 of series . . . Had seven-game hitting streak snapped in Game 3 against the Shockers, going 0-for-1 and hit three times . . . Equaled a season and career-high with three hits and collected a personal-high four RBI versus UC Irvine (2-27) . . . Was 4-for-8 (.500) with two runs scored and four RBI in two games at Oklahoma State (3/9-3/10) . . . Produced a game-winning, two-out bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th inning vs. Loyola Marymount (4-6) . . . Batted .455 (5-11) with five runs scored, a double and three RBI in three-game series at San Francisco (4/13-4/15) . . . Went 4-for-12 (.333) in three-game series versus Santa Clara (4/20-4/22) . . . Had four hits in eight at-bats (.500) with two runs scored against UCLA and Long Beach State in the Long Beach Regional (6/1-6/2) . . . Batted .372 (19-51) with six runs scored while hitting safely in 11 of last 13 games.
2006 (WEST VALLEY): Selected All-Northern California by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association . . . Also tabbed first team All-Coast South Conference . . . Played in 41 games and batted .376 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and posted a .667 slugging percentage . . . Helped lead the Vikings to a 31-7 overall ranking and a No. 1 final ranking in the Northern California Poll.
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-time West Catholic Athletic League selection at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, California . . . Named team Most Valuable player as a senior in 2004 . . . Ranked in the top three in virtually every offensive category as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born November 10, 1986 . . . A resident of San Jose, California . . . Attended Bellarmine Prep in San Jose . . . Grandfather, Frank, served three tours in Vietnam and was a drill sergeant . . . Father, Vince, was a U.S. Marine . . . Majoring in integrated marketing and communications . . . Considered Louisiana State, North Carolina Greensboro, Stanford and Tennessee before choosing Pepperdine.