Pepperdine Returns to Eddy D. Field Stadium to Host San Francisco
Waves and Dons will square off in three-game WCC series starting Friday.
May 3, 2012
LAST WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Waves were idle last week, as they took time off for finals and graduation. The previous week they weekend 2-2, taking two of three from Santa Clara on the road. Junior second baseman Joe Sever continued his hot hitting, as he blasted two home runs in the week. On Sunday at Santa Clara the Waves put together their biggest inning of the year, collecting seven runs in the top of the seventh, behind a triple by third baseman Austin Davidson and shortstop Zach Vincej's second home run of the season to take the rubber match, 9-6.
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ALL-TIME SERIES: The Waves lead the all-time series with the Dons 109-41. Last season the Waves were swept by the Dons in San Francisco. Overall the Waves are 15-9 against the Dons in the Steve Rodriguez era. The last time San Francisco visited Eddy D. Field Stadium was in 2010 and the Waves took the series in a three-game sweep.
SCOUTING THE DONS: As a team the Dons are batting .259 and have a 3.17 ERA. At the plate outfielder Justin Maffei leads the team with a .323 batting average, while infielder Nik Balog leads with 32 RBIs, while batting .272. The ace of the staff is Kyle Zimmer, who is 4-3 with a 2.71 ERA and an impressive 82 strikeouts already on the season. The Dons enter this weekend after defeating Sacramento State 10-1 on Tuesday.
GETTING THE HONORS: Junior second baseman Joe Sever was named West Coast Conference Rawlings Player of the Week on April 16 as he went 8-for-11 last week with a game-winning home run. Junior Jon Moscot was named WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week after throwing 8.2 innings of no-hit baseball at Saint Mary's on April 5. He also tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts. Now all three weekend starters for the Waves have earned the honor. For the first two weeks of the season a Wave was named the WCC 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 and Frazier's careers. Freshman catcher James Grandpre was 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. Moscot racked up the accolades after his one-hitter, being named to the Collegiate Baseball Hall of Fame and Diamond Sports National All-Star Lineup for the Week of April 10. He was also named CollegeBaseballInsider.com West Pitcher of the Week.
WCC RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior second baseman Joe Sever was named Rawlings Player of the Week on April 16 after helping the Waves to a 3-1 week where he went 11-for-18 with four RBIs, four runs scored and the eventual game-winner in his third home run of the season at UC Riverside. In the Portland series he went 8-for-12. This is Sever's first career Player of the Week honor.
STANDOUTS: The Waves are batting a combined .279 on the season. Shortstop Zach Vincej boasts a .339 batting average, with 56 hits, 36 runs scored, 20 RBI, 13 doubles and two home runs. The home runs are the second and third of his career and the first since his freshman season in 2010. LF Tony Cooper, who has appeared in 36 games, starting 29 of those, has a .311 batting average with 32 hits and two triples. Second baseman Joe Sever leads with 37 RBI, including four against Gonzaga on March 31 and right fielder Aaron Brown is next with 24 RBI. Sever hit a grand slam against USC, the first of the year for the Waves, followed up with a home run in the first game at Louisville, his home run in the top of the 11th at UC Riverside was the eventual game-winner, a three-run bomb at Cal State Fullerton and a solo shot at Santa Clara gives Sever the team lead in home runs. Sever also leads the team with a .370 batting average. First baseman Sam Meyer, who has started 36 games, is finding his swing and is second on the team lead with three home runs. Utility Miles Silverstein is also tied for second with three. Cooper is currently riding a nine-game hitting streak, the longest of his career.
ON THE MOUND: Despite the midseason slide the Waves' pitching staff has been solid so far, boasting a 3.80 team ERA. Midweek starter starter LHP Matt Maurer is 4-1 on the season. RHP Corey Miller is next with a 6-3 record on the season. The ace, RHP Jon Moscot leads the team with 70 strikeouts and has also has thrown four complete games on the year and in his outing at Saint Mary's he threw 8.2 innings of no-hit baseball. He has a team-low 3.1 ERA. He also collected a career-high 10 strikeouts. Scott Frazier had an excellent outing in a no-decision at Gonzaga, as he collected a career-high 10 strikeouts. Freshman RHP Andrew Alvarez has been strong out of the pen, working 17.0 innings in 10 appearances. LHP Brian McIlhenny leads with 16 appearances out of the pen and had thrown a collective 7.2 innings. At the end of games, RHP Michael Swanner has six saves for the Waves, along with LHP Aaron Brown who has four. RHP Eric Karch showed his versatility as he won his first start of the season over Columbia, but has also made 12 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 54 runs. Brown started 32 games in right field, as Matt Gelalich has started 40 of 41 in center field. Davidson has made 39 starts at third base and Grandpre has started 16 behind the dish. On the mound, Andrew 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 Quintero also have chipped in with scoreless outings. Brown also has picked up a team-leading four saves.
ENTERING THE RANKINGS: The Waves are ranked 34th according to Pefect Game USA and the team is recieving votes in the NCBWA poll.
IN THE NCAA STATS: The team ranks 40th with a with a .974 fielding percentage and 47th with 0.93 double plays per game. Individually, Zach Vincej is 19th with 6.0 sacrifice flies. Jon Moscot's four complete games rank 16th-best in the nation.
WAVES AMONG THE WCC LEADERS: Joe Sever and Aaron Brown are second and eighth, with 36 and 24 RBIs respectively. Sever is also fifth in the conference with a .366 batting average. Sever is fourth with 59 hits on the season and is fifth with a .443 on base percentage. Sever is also second with 37 RBIs and fourth with five home runs. Zach Vincej is third with 35 runs scored and fourth with 13 doubles. His batting average of .342 is eighth-best. Matt Gelalich is seventh in the league with 25 walks. Michael Swanner is seventh in the league with six saves, while Aaron Brown is tied for ninth with four. Jon Moscot is second with 67.1 innings pitched and is third with 70 strikeouts. Corey Miller is tied for fourth with six wins (6-3). As a team the Waves are third in batting (.279) and seventh in pitching (3.86 ERA).
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguez has completed eight seasons as head coach of Pepperdine baseball and owns an all-time record of 287-223 (.563) ... 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.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE: Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men's sports -- one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine's teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.