Waves Travel to UC Santa Barbara for Final Midweek Game Before Conference Play
Waves and Gauchos square off at 3 p.m. PT
March 26, 2012
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Waves (16-8) are set to get back to winning ways this week as they travel to UC Santa Barbara (11-11) for a midweek tilt before beginning West Coast Conference play on Friday at Gonzaga (16-6).
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LAST WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Last Monday the Waves held on to a 6-4 victory to take the series win over the Golden Flashes. The Waves bats then came alive on Tuesday as they scored a season-high 12 runs on 14 hits in a 12-2 victory over Long Beach State. With the win, midweek starter Matt Maurerremains undefeated at 4-0 in four starts The Waves hit as snag last week as they suffered their first sweep of the season, losing three to No. 8 ranked Texas A&M in the weekend series. The Waves ran into tough Aggie pitching on Friday, as their starter Michael Wacha took a perfect game into the eighth inning. In game one of a double header on Saturday the Aggies starter went the distance in a complete game, despite the fact that the Waves' bats came back to life. Then after holding tight in game two of the doubleheader, the Aggies were able to pull out the win.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Waves are 72-49-3 versus the Gauchos all-time. Last year the Waves wn the first matchup with Santa Barbara 9-6 at home, with the win going to Tuesday's starter Matt Maurer. On April 19, the Waves fell to the Gauchos 3-2 in 15 innings on the road.
SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS: At the helm for the Gauchos is first-year coach Andrew Checketts. At home the Gauchos are 5-7 so far this season. They swept common opponent Rhode Island in their last homestand March 15-16. Last weekend the Gauchos resisted the sweep, taking the third game of the three-game set at WCC foe San Francisco. The Gauchos come into Tuesday's tilt off a 9-5 victory. Junior Brett Vertigan leads the squad with a .424 average and senior Lance Roenicke is next with a .329 average. Both have 16 RBI. Sophomore Brandon Trinkwon leads in the RBI category with 18.
GETTING THE HONORS: For the first two weeks of the season a Wave was named the West Coast Conference Rawlings Pitcher of the Week. The week of Feb. 27 the honor went to sophomore righty Corey Miller. Miller won two games over the week for the Waves, first throwing eight complete innings in a 6-1 victory over VCU and then seven shutout innings in a 6-0 win over Fresno State to clinch the series. He threw a total of 15.0 innings, allowing only one run on seven hits and tallying nine strikeouts. He was also named CollegeBaseballInsider.com West Pitcher of the Week. The previous week, Feb.20, sophomore right-hander Scott Frazier was named WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week. The honor, for Frazier came on the heels of his seven shutout innings of work in a 10-0 win on Saturday, where he allowed only five hits, one walk and struck out a career-high six Sooners. The honors were the first of Miller and Frazier's careers. Freshman catcher James Grandprewas named a collegebaseball360.com Primetime Player of the Week, for his efforts as Frazier's signal caller and his steady bat at the plate during the Oklahoma series.
STANDOUTS: The Waves bats have been working early, and the team is batting a combined .277. Shortstop Zach Vincej boasts a .372 batting average, with 32 hits, 22 runs scored, 12 RBI, six doubles and one leadoff home run. The home run is the second of his career and the first since his freshman season in 2010. LF Tony Cooper, who has appeared in 20 games, starting 17 of those has a .306 batting average with 19 hits and one triple. His 11 RBI is the fourth-most on the team. Second baseman Joe Sever leads with 22 RBI and right fielder Aaron Brown is next with 19 RBI. Sever hit a grand slam against USC, the first of the year for the Waves and followed up with a home run in the first game at Louisville. First baseman Sam Meyer, who has started 19 games, is finding his swing and leads the team with three home runs. Overall, six Waves are batting above .300 so far on the year.
ON THE MOUND: The Waves' pitching staff has been solid so far, with midweek starter starter LHP Matt Maurer being undefeated on the season. RHP Corey Miller is next with a 4-3 record on the season. The ace, RHP Jon Moscot has an ERA of the team at 2.76 and leads the team with 44 strikeouts. He also has thrown two complete games on the year. Scott Frazier bounced back after two-straight losses, going the distance for his first complete game of his career in a 7-1 victory over Rhode Island and following it up with a win last weekend over Kent State. Midweek starter LHP Matt Maurer now has produced four wins on the season for the Waves with a 1.93 ERA. Freshman RHP Andrew Alvarez has been strong out of the pen, working 13.0 innings in seven appearances. LHP Brian McIlhenny leads with 10 appearances out of the pen and had thrown a collective 6.1 innings. At the end of games, RHP Michael Swanner has pitched well for the Waves with three saves coming in one week week. LHP Aaron Brown has also collected three saves on the season. RHP Eric Karchshowed his versatility as he won his first start of the season over Columbia, but has also made seven appearances out of the pen.
FRESHMEN PHENOMS: Baseball America's 16th-best recruiting class has yet to disappoint. Freshmen James Grandpre, Austin Davidson and Aaron Brown have all made big contributions, driving in a collective 38 runs. Brown has started all 24 games in right field, as Matt Gelalich has started all 24 in center field. Davidson has made 22-of-24 starts at third base and Grandpre has started 16 behind the dish. On the mound, Alvarez has represented the class well with his four innings of quality relief in the Oklahoma series alone, and fellow right handers Sean Leary and Quincy Quinteroalso have chipped in with scoreless outings. Brown also has picked up three saves.
ENTERING THE RANKINGS: The Waves are ranked 38th according to Pefect Game USA.
IN THE NCAA STATS: The team's .979 fielding percentage is 16th in the nation and they rank 14th with 25 double plays. The squad's team ERA of 2.96 is 30th in the nation. Individually, Matt Gelalich is 18th with 8 sacrifice bunts. Jon Moscotis seventh with two complete games and 28th with 44 strikeouts on the year.
WAVES AMONG THE WCC LEADERS: Joe Sever and Aaron Brown are third and fifth with 22 and 19 RBI, respectively. Zach Vincej is seventh in the conference with a .372 batting average and is tied for sixth with 32 hits on the year. Matt Gelalich is tied for second in the league with 17 walks. Aaron Brown and Michael Swanner are fourth with three saves apiece on the year. Jon Moscotleads the league with 45.2 innings pitched and is second with 44 strikeouts. As a team the Waves are fourth in batting (.277) and fifth in pitching (2.96 ERA).
PRESEASON ALL-WCC: For the second-straight season junior infielder Joe Severwas named an All-WCC preseason selection. Sever is coming off a 2011 season where he was named All-WCC for the first time in his career. He started all 55 games for the Waves as a sophomore and batted .279, with 32 RBI and six home runs.
PRESEASON WCC POLL: The Waves garnered 30 points in a vote by the conference coaches and are picked to finish tied for fifth with Saint Mary's. San Diego 59 points and is picked to win the conference.
SUMMER BALL: The Waves spread out across the country to play for summer ball teams from the Cape Cod League to Hawai'i. Junior pitcher Jon Moscot led the Hyannis Harbor Hawks with 46 strikeouts, second-best in the league. Junior infielder Zach Vincej also played with Moscot in Hyannis and helped the team to the Western Division semifinals. Junior Joe Sever also played in the Cape, as he suited up for the Chatham Anglers. He was named a top prospect by Perfect Game USA. Freshman outfielder/pitcher Aaron Brown was named the No. 3 prospect out of the California Collegiate League and was also named the Best Athlete in the league by Perfect Game USA. He earned first team All-CCL honors and was named the CCL's Top MLB Hitting Prospect. Senior Miles Silversteinwas also named to the NBC All-Midwest Regional team as he played for the El Dorado (Kan.) Broncos in the Jayhawak League.
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguez has completed eight seasons as head coach of Pepperdine baseball and owns an all-time record of 278-214 (.569) ... Passed his former head coach Andy Lopez (241) for fourth place on the Waves' all-time coaching wins list following a three-game sweep of Eastern Kentucky (2/28-20) ... Moved ahead of Frank Sanchez (257) for third place with a 2-1 win vs. LMU on April 22 ... Enters the 2012 season tied with John Scolinos (263) for second place ... Served as an assistant coach under Sanchez from 2000 to 2003 ... Managed his 450th game as the Waves' head coach on April 23, 2011 vs. LMU ... Only Dave Gorrie (611) and Scolinos (482) have managed more games than Rodriguez (468) while wearing the Pepperdine uniform ... Guided his clubs to three WCC titles and five NCAA Regional appearances.