Waves Host Big WCC Series vs. Gonzaga
Pepperdine Continues Five-Game Homestand vs. Bulldogs
April 18, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine continues its six-game homestand with a weekend West Coast Conference series against Gonzaga, beginning Friday, April 19 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Fresh off a series victory at San Diego, the Waves look to carry momentum into their showdown against league-leading Gonzaga.
COVERAGE: Pepperdine’s West Coast Conference series against league-leading Gonzaga will feature a live video broadcast via WaveCasts. Links to the broadcasts and GameTracker will be available on PepperdineSports.com.
WAVES VS. BULLDOGS
- Pepperdine seeks its first series win against league-leading Gonzaga since 2010, when the Waves posted a 2-1 win in Spokane.
- Gonzaga owns WCC series wins against San Francisco (2-1), San Diego (2-1), Saint Mary’s (3-0) and at Portland (3-0). The Zags fell at LMU (1-2).
- The Waves and Bulldogs split two games in 2008 and 2009.
- After losing the opening series of the 2012 season to Gonzaga (2-1), Pepperdine won its next seven league sets en route to the WCC regular season championship.
- Gonzaga has won a season-best nine straight games after a 4-3 victory at Washington State on Tuesday.
- The Zags carry a sparkling 10-4 road record into Malibu
- Bulldogs hit .276 as a team and the pitching staff owns a 3.00 ERA with a strikeout/walk ratio of 252/112.
All-Time: PEP leads 48-26.
Last Five: GON 3-2.
Last 10: Tied 5-5.
Pepperdine’s last win: 7-6 (2012).
Gonzaga’s last win: 12-3 (2012).
A LOOK AT THE WAVES
- Pepperdine won its third WCC series of the year at San Diego (2-1).
- The Waves have won nine of their last 10 league sets dating to the start of last season.
- Through 35 games the Waves have clubbed 23 home runs. In 2012, Pepperdine tallied 24 total.
- Pepperdine’s streak of nine consecutive West Coast Conference series wins was snapped at BYU (1-2). The last previous league series loss suffered by the Waves was to Gonzaga (2-1) to open the 2012 WCC campaign.
- The Waves enter the WCC weekend series vs. Gonzaga winners of six of their last 10 games.
- With its series win against Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine improved to 5-4-1 in league-opening weekends under head coach Steve Rodriguez.
- Pepperdine opened the season at 4-0 for the first time since 2001 after sweeping Western Michigan.
- Waves picked second in the 2013 West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
- Pepperdine picked fifth in 2012 preseason poll and won its first WCC title since 2008.
- Waves return 2/3 of its 2012 weekend rotation along with their midweek starter.
Scott Frazier WCC POW
- RHP Scott Frazier captured his first WCC Pitcher of the Week honor after a strong Friday outing at San Diego.
- Frazier tossed 7.0 innings, allowing two earned runs with 8 Ks.
- Frazier is the second Wave in two weeks to capture WCC Pitcher of the Week honors. RHP Corey Miller won it two weeks ago after tossing 10.0 scoreless innings with 10 Ks vs. Washington.
WAVES ON NATIONAL LEADER BOARD
- Waves rank No. 18 in doubles (80) and No. 10 in doubles per game (2.29)
- Waves are No. 39 in double plays (34)
LAST TIME OUT
- Pepperdine dropped an 8-4 home decision to No. 4 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday.
- Waves committed three errors and allowed four unearned runs.
- Bryan Langlois homered and drove in two on a 2-for-4 day vs. the Titans.
SAN DIEGO SERIES RECAP
- Pepperdine won its first series at San Diego since 2003 with a 2-1 decision at Fowler Park.
- Pepperdine’s staff posted an ERA of 2.77 and the Waves bullpen did not allow a run in four innings with just three hits.
- LHP Aaron Brown turned in a strong outing Sunday, winning his fourth straight decision going 8.0 innings with four strikeouts.
- Ranny Lowe led the Waves, hitting .538 (7-13) with two doubles and an RBI.
- Lowe finished 5-for-5 Sunday at San Diego and is the first Wave with five hits in a game since Joe Sever had five at Oregon (2/21/10).
- Bryan Langlois hit .364 (4-11) with two doubles and a home run.
- The Waves rank fourth in the WCC in team ERA (3.52), and in walks (116). Pepperdine has allowed a league-low 49 extra-base hits.
- Pepperdine’s weekend starting rotation enters the week vs. Gonzaga with a staff ERA of 3.85, allowing 71 earned runs off 151 hits in 166.0 innings and owns a strikeout/walk ratio of 131/62 and has allowed just 23 extra-base hits in 2013.
- Jr. RHP Scott Frazier posted his 10th career win at Texas A&M (2/22)
- Jr. RHP Corey Miller enjoyed a career day vs. Washington (4/6) tossing 10 scoreless innings with a career-high 10 Ks.
- So. LHP Aaron Brown turned in his first quality start of the year vs. Washington (4/7) and did not allow an earned run in 6.1 innings.
FROM THE BULLPEN
- Pepperdine’s bullpen has been outstanding this season with a 7-5 record and a combined ERA of 2.60. Waves relievers have a 79/40 strikeout/walk ratio and have allowed just 11 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 (5), appearances (20) and leads all relievers in strikeouts (22)
- 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 Waves in saves (10) and recorded two at San Diego.
- Swanner ranks T-8 in single season saves at Pepperdine.
- Waves lead the WCC in doubles (80) and are second in homers (23).
- So. OF Bryan Langlois leads the WCC in doubles (15) and has four home runs, batting .298 on the season.
- 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 .328 with five doubles, 20 RBI and 15 runs.
- Jr. OF Chris Amezquita has 30 hits in 2013, with 11 doubles, a team-high five homers, 19 RBI and 25 runs.
- So. C Kolten Yamaguchi leads the Waves in batting (.346)
- Pepperdine ranks second in the WCC in fielding percentage (.971). The Waves are third in the league in double plays (34).
- The Waves are starting a pair of true freshman up the middle this season: Fr. 2B Hutton Moyer/Fr. 2B Chris Fornaci and Fr. SS Cody Nulph. The duo has tuned 19 double plays.
- Moyer is the son of veteran MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer.
YAMAGUCHI GOES YARD... AGAIN
- 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).
- Yamaguchi hit the tying home run in Pepperdine’s 4-3 comeback win vs. LMU (3/17/13) with two outs in the ninth.
Corey Miller - WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
- Waves RHP captured first career WCC weekly honor, tossing 10 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits with a career-high 10 Ks.
- Miller retired the first 12 Huskies he faced and threw 118 pitches.
Austin Davidson - WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Waves 3B captured first career WCC weekly honor, batting .714 (10-14) with five doubles, home run and three RBI vs. Santa Clara.
- Davidson hit .432 (16-37) with six doubles, two homers, 12 runs and seven RBI in March.
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.
UP NEXT FOR PEPPERDINE
- After battling the Bulldogs, Pepperdine takes an extended break for finals.
- The Waves return to action when they host USC Tuesday, April 30 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.