Pepperdine Hosts USC and No. 24 Cal Poly in Mid-Week Battles
Waves Conclude Six-Game Homestand vs. Trojans and Mustangs
April 29, 2013
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: Pepperdine concludes its six-game homestand with a pair of mid-week games against USC (Tuesday) and No. 24 Cal Poly (Wednesday). Both games are set for a 3:00 p.m. first pitch at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The contests kick off a busy stretch of the schedule where the Waves play five games in six days. Pepperdine travels to the Bay Area for a West Coast Conference series at San Francisco, starting Friday, May 3.
COVERAGE: Pepperdine’s mid-week games vs. USC and No. 24 Cal Poly will feature a live video broadcast via WaveCasts. Links to the broadcasts and GameTracker will be available on PepperdineSports.com.
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 11 league sets dating to the start of last season.
- Through 38 games the Waves have clubbed 24 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.
- 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.
WAVES SET FOR BUSY MAY
- After wrapping up April with a home showdown against USC, the Waves open the final month of the regular season vs. No. 24 Cal Poly at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
- Pepperdine is shooting for a rare sweep of the regular season series against both the Trojans and the Mustangs.
WAVES AMONG NCAA LEADERS
- Waves rank No. 41 in doubles (81) and No. 24 in doubles per game (1.98)
- Waves are No. 25 in double plays (38)
A LOOK AT THE TROJANS
- The Trojans enter the weekend with a 16-26 record and suffered a road sweep at No. 7 Oregon State last weekend.
- Pepperdine seeks its first sweep of the series since going 2-0 vs. the Trojans in 2009.
- The Waves and Trojans split two games last season with each team winning on its home field.
All-Time: USC leads 76-38.
Last Five: USC 3-2.
Last 10: USC 6-4.
Pepperdine’s last win: 9-4 (3/12/13).
USC’s last win: 5-4 (4/3/12).
A LOOK AT THE MUSTANGS
- No. 24 Cal Poly enters the week with a 28-13 overall slate, 8-7 in the Big West.
- Cal Poly’s pitching staff owns an 3.31 ERA with a 344/127 strikeout/walk ratio.
- The Mustangs have recorded 109 extra- base hits, including 25 home runs and opponents have just 78 extra-base hits.
All-Time: PEP leads 23-11.
Last Five: PEP 3-2.
Last 10: PEP 6-4.
Pepperdine’s last win: 8-6 (3/26/13).
Cal Poly’s last win: 2-1 (10) (2012).
- The Waves rank fourth in the WCC in team ERA (3.48), and third in walks (129). Pepperdine has allowed a league-low 53 extra-base hits.
- Pepperdine’s weekend starting rotation enters the week vs. USF with a staff ERA of 3.83, allowing 80 earned runs off 168 hits in 188.0 innings and owns a strikeout/walk ratio of 142/72 and has allowed just 27 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 tossed his first complete game in a 10-4 victory vs. No. 24 Gonzaga (4/21/13) and struck out five in his fifth straight win.
FROM THE BULLPEN
- Pepperdine’s bullpen has been outstanding this season with a 7-3 record and a combined ERA of 2.45. Waves relievers have a 79/43 strikeout/walk ratio and have allowed just 11 extra-base hits this season.
- Jr. RHP Eric Karch collected his 12th career win at No. 21 Cal Poly.
- Karch leads Pepperdine in wins (5), appearances (21) and leads all relievers in strikeouts (22)
- Jr. RHP Michael Swanner collected his WCC-leading 10th save of the season at San Diego (4/14) and lowered his ERA to 1.06.
- 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 (81) and are second in homers (24).
- So. OF Bryan Langlois leads the WCC in doubles (15) and has four home runs, batting .301 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 .338 with five doubles, 22 RBI and 16 runs.
- Jr. OF Chris Amezquita has 34 hits in 2013, with 12 doubles, a team-high six homers, 22 RBI and 28 runs.
- Sr. 1B Sam Meyer shares the team lead in RBI (Langlois) with 24.
- Pepperdine ranks second in the WCC in fielding percentage (.970).
- The Waves are third in the league in double plays (38).
- 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.
LAST TIME OUT
- Pepperdine salvaged one victory vs. league-leading No. 24 Gonzaga in a 10-4 triumph Sunday (4/21).
- LHP Aaron Brown collected his fifth straight victory with his first career complete game.
- Chris Amezquita homered and drove in three on a 2-for-3 day vs. the Bulldogs.
GONZAGA SERIES RECAP
- Pepperdine lost its third straight series to league-leading Gonzaga (2-1).
- Pepperdine’s staff posted an ERA of 3.00 and the Waves bullpen did not allow a run in six innings allowing just four hits.
- LHP Aaron Brown lowered his ERA to 3.99, allowing two earned runs in his first career complete game effort. Brown struck out five Bulldogs.
- Drew Hacker and Ranny Lowe led the Waves, hitting .500 (4-8) with Hacker collecting a team-high five RBI for the series.
- Waves managed just two extra-base hits vs. Gonzaga despite hitting .275 as a team.
UP NEXT FOR PEPPERDINE
- After battling USC and Cal Poly, Pepperdine takes to the road for an important WCC.
- The Waves take on San Francisco starting Friday, May 3 at Benedetti Diamond.