Pepperdine Begins Defense of WCC Title This Weekend vs. Loyola Marymount
Waves Battle Lions in Wells Fargo PCH Cup Battles This Weekend in Malibu
March 14, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine begins defense of its West Coast Conference title when it opens the 2013 league campaign Friday, March 15 against rival Loyola Marymount. The three Wells Fargo PCH Cup battles will be at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu with game one set for a 3:00 p.m. first pitch, while Saturday and Sunday will start at 1:00 p.m.
COVERAGE: All games in the WCC series vs. Loyola Marymount will feature a live video broadcast via WaveCasts. Links to the broadcasts and GameTracker will be available on PepperdineSports,com.
WAVES VS. LIONS
- The Waves and Lions open the 2013 WCC season Friday at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
- Loyola Marymount enters the weekend with a 7-10 overall record and have posted a 2-7 slate on the road this season.
- The Lions won their last outing with a 4-1 home victory Tuesday against Long Beach State.
- LMU dropped a road series at No. 26 Oklahoma State last weekend in Stillwater, taking a 5-2 win on Saturday. The Cowboys won 2-1 (10) on Friday and 4-3 on Sunday.
- Pepperdine won the WCC series vs. LMU last season 2-1, winning 6-3 and 9-3 before dropping a 4-3 decision in the finale.
- The Waves have won the last six straight series against the Lions and are 6-3 in series under head coach Steve Rodriguez, who owns a 20-12 overall record vs. LMU.
- Pepperdine and the Lions met in the WCC Championship series in both 2004 and 2005 and the Waves won two games to none in 2004 and 2-1 the following season.
- This series will account for one point in the 2013 Wells Fargo PCH Cup standings between Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.
A LOOK AT THE LIONS
- The Lions limit opposing batters to a .220 average this season.
- LMU have committed 28 errors this season and 18 unearned runs have scored.
- The Lions have recorded 33 extra-base hits, including eight triples. LMU has yet to hit a home run in 2013 and have allowed seven.
All-Time: PEP leads 137-73.
Last Five: PEP 4-1.
Last 10: PEP 7-3.
Pepperdine’s last win: 9-3 (2012).
LMU’s last win: 4-3 (2012).
SANTA CLARA SERIES SCHEDULE CHANGE: Pepperdine’s West Coast Conference series against Santa Clara, originally scheduled for March 22-24 at Eddy D. Field Stadium has shifted to a Saturday (3/23) doubleheader starting at 11:00 a.m. with a single game Sunday starting at 1:00 p.m. This change was made to accommodate the Broncos final exam schedule.
A LOOK AT THE WAVES
- Pepperdine just concluded a stretch of eight consecutive games vs. top-25 opponents and posted a 3-5 record with a road series victory at No. 24 Texas A&M.
- Pepperdine opened the season at 4-0 for the first time since 2001 after sweeping Western Michigan.
- Waves entered the preseason ranked No. 40 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and are in the receiving votes category in the USA Today and NCBWA polls.
- Waves picked second in the 2013 West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
- Pepperdine picked fifth in 2012 preseason poll and won the WCC title for the first time since 2008.
- Waves return 2/3 of its 2012 weekend rotation along with their midweek starter.
- Pepperdine welcomes 21 letterwinners and five returning position starters to the squad.
LAST TIME OUT
- Pepperdine seized a 9-4 victory at USC Tuesday in non-conference action.
- Kolten Yamaguchi hit two home runs - his first hits of 2013 - and Bryan Langlois doubled twice with four RBI for the Waves.
- The Waves won at Dedeaux Field for the first time since a 10-1 win in 2009.
- Pepperdine evened its road record to 4-4.
- The Waves rank second in the WCC in team ERA (3.30), share the lead in saves (2) and rate third in walks (33).
- Pepperdine’s weekend starting rotation enters the series vs. Loyola Marymount with a staff ERA of 4.42, allowing 29 earned runs off 57 hits in 59 innings and owns a strikeout/walk ratio of 46/21 and has allowed just eight extra-base hits in 2013.
- Jr. LHP Corey Miller collected his 10th career win at Oklahoma (3/2).
- Jr. RHP Scott Frazier posted his 10th career win at Texas A&M (2/22)
- Fr. LHP Jackson McClelland earned his first career victory vs. Western Michigan (2/16)
FROM THE BULLPEN
- Pepperdine’s bullpen has been solid this season with a 4-1 record and a combined ERA of 2.41. Waves relievers have a 43/20 strikeout/walk ratio and have allowed just three extra-base hits this season.
- Jr. RHP Eric Karch collected a pair of victories in relief at Texas A&M and now has 10 career wins for the Waves.
- Karch leads Pepperdine in wins (3), appearances (10) and leads all relievers in strikeouts (11)
- Jr. RHP Michael Swanner collected his 10th career save at Texas A&M (2/24) and had two in the series vs. the Aggies.
- Swanner leads Pepperdine in saves (2).
- Pepperdine leads the WCC in doubles (36) and is third in homers (6).
- Sr. 1B Sam Meyer saw a 12-game hitting streak (dating to last season) come to an end with a 0-for-3 day at Baylor (2/26).
- After receiving just five at-bats in limited action during his first two seasons with the Waves, Jr. OF Ranny Lowe is capitalizing on his opportunity, batting .315 with two doubles and eight RBI.
- Jr. OF Chris Amezquita has 14 hits in 2013, with six doubles, a homer and five RBI.
- So. OF Bryan Langlois has 15 hits, nine of them doubles.
- Pepperdine is third in the WCC in fielding percentage (.969) and has committed 19 errors.
- The Waves are starting a pair of true freshman up the middle this season: Fr. 2B Hutton Moyer and Fr. SS Cody Nulph. The duo has tuned 11 double plays.
- Moyer is the son of veteran MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer.
BIG NIGHT FOR YAMAGUCHI
- So. C Kolten Yamaguchi collected his first two hits in emphatic fashion, hitting two home runs in consecutive at-bats at USC (3/12/13).
- It is the first multi-homer game for the Waves this season
Sam Meyer - WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Waves 1B captured first career WCC weekly honor, batting .467 (7-15) with three doubles, home run and eight RBI vs. Western Michigan.
- Meyer is batting .250 with four doubles, two home runs and a team-high 14 RBI this season.
WAVES AT THE 2012 NCAA REGIONAL
- Pepperdine competed in its first NCAA Regional since 2008 when it traveled to Palo Alto for the Stanford Regional at Sunken Diamond.
- The Waves opened with a 6-2 win vs. Michigan State and took a 8-5 victory in game three vs. Fresno State behind Matt Forgatch’s grand slam. Pepperdine lost game two to Stanford 5-4 and were eliminated by the Cardinal 8-7.
2013 WEST COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
The West Coast Conference will resume its Baseball Championship this season with a brand new format. Four teams will compete in the 2013 WCC Championships at Banner Island Ballpark May 23-25 in Stockton. It is the first neutral site for the conference championship and will be hosted by the Stockton Ports in cooperation with the Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau. Banner Island Ballpark will host the top four teams from the WCC in the Championship, with a practice day taking place on May 22, and competition from the 23-25.
SETON HALL SERIES RECAP
- Pepperdine suffered a home sweep to Seton Hall as the Pirates outscored the Waves 18-6.
- The Waves hit just .200 against SHU and turned in an ERA of 4.33.
- The two teams combined for just five extra-base hits - all doubles.
- David Oppenheim hit a team-high .444 (4-9) vs. SHU with an RBI and a run, while Bryan Langlois hit .300 (3-10).
- Pepperdine pitching struggled with the free pass and issued 15 walks and hit three batters.
- The Waves staff posted a 4.33 ERA with 19 strikeouts and 15 walks vs. Seton Hall.
UP NEXT FOR PEPPERDINE
- Pepperdine returns to action when it welcomes Santa Clara to Eddy D. Field Stadium for a three-game WCC series.
- The Waves won two of three against the Broncos last season on the road at Schott Stadium.