Baseball Hosts UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount

Ben Rodriguez, Jordan Qsar (photo by Jeff Golden)
April 17, 2017

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THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine baseball team begins a two-week homestand against UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday and then hosts a West Coast Conference series against Loyola Marymount over the weekend.

Tuesday, April 18 - 3 p.m. (Malibu, Calif.)
Friday, April 21 - 3 p.m. (Malibu, Calif.)
Saturday, April 22 - 1 p.m. (Malibu, Calif.)
Sunday, April 23 - 1 p.m. (Malibu, Calif.)

COVERAGE: Every game this week will be streamed live on Links to the broadcasts and live stats will be available on the Pepperdine baseball schedule page at

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LAST WEEK: The Waves went on the road to BYU and dropped two of the three games. The team took the first game by a score of 11-7 on Thursday, but dropped the final two games, 7-2 and 9-4, respectively. The Waves matched a season high with 18 hits in the series opener.

BREAK OUT THE BATS: The Waves had a breakout offensive stretch, putting up 53 runs on 68 hits in four wins during a five game stretch. The Waves had a three-game win streak against CSUN and then two wins over Portland to start the breakout stretch and then after a loss to Portland, the Waves opened their series at BYU with 11 runs and a season high matching 18 hits. Pepperdine had double-digit runs and hits in each of the four wins in the 11-day period.

SOLID ON THE MOUND: The Waves were stellar on the mound in their series against Gonzaga, giving up six runs (five earned) in 27.0 innings pitched, good for a 1.67 ERA. The Pepperdine starters tossed 20.0 innings in three games and the Waves’ relievers threw 7.0 shutout innings.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Jeremy Goldenetz leads the Waves with a .310 batting average and a .431 on-base percentage. Quincy McAfee has a team-high 35 hits and Ben Rodriguez leads the Waves with 28 RBI. Three players are tied for the team lead with 22 runs scored.


  • Pepperdine picked up a victory at then No. 20 Texas A&M on 2/25, behind 6.2 strong innings from Max Gamboa in which he struck out 10 batters, walked two, and gave up just five hits and one run. Aaron Barnett drove in the game-winning run in the seventh, and Jordan Qsar picked up the save and drove in a run in the 2-1 victory
  • The Waves had a comeback win over Rice in a seven inning game on 3/4, scoring all five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Owls 5-2 on the road.
  • Pepperdine swept its opening series with Saint Joseph’s by a combined score of 24-10.
  • The Waves won their postponed game against Fresno State in dramatic fashion, scoring twice in the bottom of the 12th after the Bulldogs had taken a one-run lead in the top half of the inning.
  • Pepperdine won its WCC opener thanks to some clutch hitting in the eighth inning, getting a pinch-hit double from Brandon Caruso and then Jordan Qsar drove in the go-ahead run with a single.
  • Waves took two of three from Gonzaga. Ben Rodriguez hit a grand slam to power the Waves to a win in the second game. Joe Caparis hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to win the finale for Pepperdine.
  • Pepperdine scored a season-high 16 runs on 17 hits in a 16-4 road win over CSUN on April 4.
  • The Waves put up a season-high 18 hits in both a 12-6 win over Portland (4/7) and an 11-7 win at BYU (4/13).

HISTORY VS. UCSB: Waves lead the all-time series 72-60-3 ... Santa Barbara has won four of the past five meetings, including a game in Santa Barbara on March 28th.

HISTORY VS. LMU: Waves lead the all-time series 150-81 ... Pepperdine won two of the three meetings between the teams last year, and have won nine of the previous ten series against the Lions.

Double Plays: 31 - 2nd WCC
Double Plays/game: 0.91 - 2nd WCC, 59th NCAA
Doubles: 68 - 3rd WCC, 58th NCAA
Doubles/game: 2 - 3rd WCC, 48th NCAA
Fielding Percentage: .974 - 2nd WCC
HBP: 42 - 3rd WCC, 52nd NCAA
Sac Flies: 13 - 2nd WCC
Complete Games: Ryan Wilson/Wil Jensen 1 - 3rd WCC, 52nd NCAA
Doubles: Quincy McAfee 10 - 7th WCC
Doubles/game: Brandon Caruso 0.33 - 8th WCC
Sac Bunts: McAfee 6 - 4th WCC
Sac Bunts/game: McAfee 0.18 - 3rd WCC
Sac Flies: Ben Rodriguez 4 - 1st WCC, 53rd NCAA
Strikeouts: Jonathan Pendergast 52 - 8th WCC
K/9 innings: Pendergast 10.32 - 5th WCC
AB/K: Aaron Barnett 15 - 4th WCC, 21st NCAA
Victories: Garcia/Pendergast 4 - 7th WCC

LHP Ryan Wilson (2-0, 6 SV, 0.63 ERA, 46 K, 14 BB)
RHP Max Gamboa (2-9, 3.74 ERA, 1 SV, 52 K, 22 BB)
RHP Chandler Blanchard (3-2, 1 SV, 3.19 ERA, 31 K, 7 BB)
C Aaron Barnett (.292 BA, 22 RBI, 15 2B, 3 HR)
OF Matthew Kanfer (.291 BA, 26 RBI, 4 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR)
1B Ben Rodriguez (.289 BA, 29 RBI, 9 HR, 6 2B)

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 21/7
Starters Returning/Lost (lineup): 7/2
Starters Returning/Lost (pitchers): 3/1
Newcomers, Off Redshirts: 14
Class: SR-7 (1-RS), JR-11 (2-RS), SO-8 (1-RS), FR-9 (1-RS)

2017 COACHES POLL: The Waves were tabbed third in the 2017 WCC Coaches Poll, receiving two first-place votes. San Diego was picked first with five first-place votes and Gonzaga was second with three first-place votes. The Waves were selected by Perfect Game to win the conference and were picked by D1Baseball to finish third.

PRESEASON ALL-WCC: Ryan Wilson was named to the WCC’s Preseason All-Conference team earlier this month. Wilson was one of five pitchers named to the team. The junior lefty compiled a 0.63 ERA in 42.2 innings pitched last year. Splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation, Wilson had six saves and a 2-0 record. He held opponents to a .128 batting average, striking out 46 while walking just 14. He is expected to start the season as Pepperdine’s Friday starter.

LAST YEAR: The Waves went 29-24 overall last year and finished two games out of first place in the WCC, with a 16-11 conference record. Pepperdine made its third straight WCC Tournament, but went 1-2, losing two extra-inning games, to exit the postseason.

2016 ALL-WCC: Pepperdine had four players honored on last year’s All-WCC and All-Freshman teams. A.J. Puckett took home WCC Pitcher of the Year honors and was named to the conference’s first team. Ryan Wilson and Manny Jefferson were named to the All-WCC second team, and Matthew Kanfer was named to the All-Freshman team.

COACHING STAFF: 2017 marks the second season of Head Coach Rick Hirtensteiner’s tenure at the helm for Pepperdine. Hirtensteiner served as an assistant on the Waves’ staff for 17 years prior to taking over for Steve Rodriguez, who left for Baylor in 2015. Hirtensteiner hired Cooper Fouts, who previously served as a volunteer assistant with the Waves from 2011-12, to serve as the team’s recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. Hirtensteiner then tabbed Rolando Garza to fill the team’s role as pitching coach, after former pitching instructor Jon Strauss also left to fill the same role with Rodriguez at Baylor. Fouts was previously an assistant at Utah Valley, while Garza served as the pitching coach at Riverside City College.

POSTSEASON HISTORY: The Waves made their 30th appearance in NCAA postseason play in 2015, advancing to the NCAA Fullerton Regional final. In 2014 Pepperdine made its first ever NCAA Super Regional after winning the San Luis Obispo Regional Tournament. The Waves eventually fell to TCU, two games to one in the best of three series. Pepperdine won a College World Series title in 1992 and has appeared in the College World Series twice (1979, 1992).

ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY: Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports – one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat – and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.



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