Waves Stay in Malibu to Host BYU
As part of the WCC initiative Pitch in For Baseball, fans that bring in gently used baseball equipment get in free during the series.
May 9, 2012
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: After falling to No. 11 UCLA 6-2 on Tuesday, the Waves (26-19, 9-6 WCC) have a quick turnaround as they host BYU (19-21, 7-8 WCC) in a three-game West Coast Conference set beginning on Thursday, May 10.
LAST WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Waves went 2-2 last week, including a series victory over rival San Francisco, 2-1. After suffering a walk off home run loss in 10 innings on Tuesday at Cal Poly, the Waves fought back to take two of three from San Francisco. In game two their bats came alive, pounding out eight runs on 12 hits to defeat the Dons 8-3. Starter Scott Frazier won his third-straight game. They then followed with a 6-1 victory in the rubber match, where Corey Millerearned his team-leading seventh victory of the year.
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PITCH IN FOR BASEBALL: The Waves will be participating in a WCC-wide community service initiative "Pitch In Fort Baseball" throughout the BYU homestand. All fans that bring gently used baseball equipment, such as gloves, bats, protective gear and other items to one of the three games over the weekend will get in free. All donated items will then be sent to Pitch in For Baseball, a volunteer-driven organization that distributes all used items children all over the world.
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Waves are 14-8 all-time against the Cougars. The Waves played a non-conference series with the Cougars last season, dropping two of three at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves are 1-2 against BYU during Steve Rodriguez'stenure.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS: The Cougars enter this weekend series after defeating Southern Utah 5-4 on Tuesday. Prior to that they were on a 5-game losing streak, including dropping three to conference leader San Diego last weekend. As a team they bat .256 and their team ERA is 4.50. Whitney Brock leads the team with 23 RBIs while Chauncey Tanner leads the team with a .337 batting average.
MIDSEASON WATCH LISTS: Freshman outfielder Aaron Brown was named the the midseason watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award. Likewise, junior shortstop Zach Vincejwas tabbed for the midseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year for the top shortstop in the country. Vincej was one of 50 selected and boasts the best fielding percentage (.990) of the group.
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 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. 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.
IN THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE RANKINGS: The Waves are tied for second in the WCC with a 9-6 conference record with crosstown rival Loyola Marymount. San Diego leads the way with a 13-5 conference record (36-11 overall). The Waves' weekend rival, BYU is in seventh place with a 7-8 conference record.
STANDOUTS: The Waves are batting a combined .277 on the season. Shortstop Zach Vincej boasts a .333 batting average, with 61 hits, 40 runs scored, 21 RBI, 14 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 40 games, starting 33 of those, has a .285 batting average with 35 hits and two triples. Second baseman Joe Sever leads with 39 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 .381 batting average. First baseman Sam Meyer, who has started 40 games, is finding his swing and is second on the team lead with four home runs. Utility Miles Silverstein is also tied for tird with three along with third baseman Austin Davidson.
ON THE MOUND: Despite the midseason slide the Waves' pitching staff has been solid so far, boasting a 3.75 team ERA. Midweek starter starter LHP Matt Maurer is 4-1 on the season. RHP Corey Miller is next with a 7-3 record on the season. The ace, RHP Jon Moscot leads the team with 74 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 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. Frazier has won three-straight games and has a team-low 3.2 ERA Freshman RHP Andrew Alvarez has been strong out of the pen, working 17.2 innings in 11 appearances. LHP Brian McIlhenny leads with 17 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 Karchshowed 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 60 runs. Brown started 32 games in right field, as Matt Gelalich has started 43 of 44 in center field. Davidson has made 42 starts at third base and Grandpre has started 18 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 Quinteroalso have chipped in with scoreless outings. Brown also has picked up a team-leading four saves.
ENTERING THE RANKINGS: The Waves are ranked 35th according to Pefect Game USA and the team is recieving votes in the NCBWA poll.
IN THE NCAA STATS: The team ranks 35th with a with a .974 fielding percentage and 47th with 0.93 double plays per game. Individually, Zach Vincej is 10th with 7.0 sacrifice flies. Jon Moscot'sfour complete games rank 22nd-best in the nation.
WAVES AMONG THE WCC LEADERS: Joe Sever fourth in the conference with a .381 batting average. Sever is second with 69 hits on the season and is fourth with a .452 on base percentage. Sever is also second with 39 RBIs and fourth with five home runs. Zach Vincej is third with 40 runs scored and fourth with 14 doubles. His batting average of .333 is 10th best. Matt Gelalich is seventh in the league with 26 walks. Michael Swanner is seventh in the league with six saves, while Aaron Brown is 10th with four. Jon Moscot is fourth with 82.1 innings pitched and second with 74 strikeouts. He also leads the conference with four complete games. Corey Milleris fourth with seven wins (7-3). As a team the Waves are third in batting (.277) and sixth in pitching (3.75 ERA).
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguezhas completed eight seasons as head coach of Pepperdine baseball and owns an all-time record of 289-225 (.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.