Waves Battle Broncos During Weekend Home Finale
Pepperdine baseball (28-22, 9-9 WCC) can't afford another loss in conference play or else it will be eliminated from contention for a spot in next week's WCC Championship series.
FRIDAY’S GAME: Is the first of a three-game series between Pepperdine and Santa Clara and the start of the final home weekend series of 2009 ... Pepperdine has won five of six home weekend series this year, including two against West Coast Conference opponents Saint Mary’s and Loyola Marymount ... Its lone series loss was to Gonzaga ... Pepperdine is 6-5 this season on Friday’s.
WAVES VS. BRONCOS: Pepperdine is 84-54-2 all-time vs. Santa Clara ... 37-18-2 at Eddy D. Field Stadium ... 47-36 at Schott Stadium ... Won two of three games at SCU in 2008: [L, 3-6; W, 4-1; W, 6-4] ... Waves are 28-14 vs. the Broncos since 1999 and 14-7 against them under the direction of head coach Steve Rodriguez ... Pepperdine has won every home series vs. SCU since 1999, including a sweep in 2002 ... Are 13-5 against the Broncos at home over the last decade ... Have not lost a series to SCU since 2004, when they lost four of six.
SUNDAY’S SENIOR SALUTE: The Pepperdine baseball team will recognize six members of its senior class prior to Sunday’s 1 p.m. game: Denny Duron, Nick Gaudi, David Harris, Bryce Mendonca, Nathan Newman and Nate Simon ... Robert Dickmann is redshirting this season and will return to the Waves’ roster in 2010.
WCC PLAYOFF CHASE: Here’s what has to happen for Pepperdine to qualify for a spot in the WCC Championship Series (5/22-24):
1.) Pepperdine sweeps Santa Clara at home ... 2.) Gonzaga sweeps Loyola Marymount at home ... 3.) Portland either sweeps or takes two of three games at home vs. San Francisco ... USF is third in the WCC at 10-8, 1.0 game ahead of Pepperdine at 9-9.
WEEKEND MILESTONES: During last weekend’s series at Portland, sophomore Scott Alexander struck out his 100th batter ... Senior David Harris scored his 100th run.
AMONG THE WCC LEADERS: Following this weekend’s games at Portland, Pepperdine’s defense remains tops in the WCC with a .983 fielding percentage, .011 points ahead of second-place Loyola Marymount ... The Waves pitching staff with a 4.54 earned-run average ranks second to league leader Gonzaga (4.35) ... Cole Cook and Matt Bywater claim two of the league’s best ERAs at 3.51 (6th) and 3.60 (7th) ... Cook Â No. 1 in the WCC with a .187 opponent BA Â also is in a tie for 2nd with 7 wins, T5th with 74K and is among the top 10 with 77.0 innings pitched ... Bywater’s opp. BA is 2nd in the league at .212 and Scott Alexander’s .240 ranks 5th ... Nathan Newman is 5 strikeouts behind Cook with 69 Ks ... Nick Gaudi is tops in the conference with 9 saves ... Nate Simon is T9th with 7 HR, 7th with 47 RBI ... Bryce Mendonca is T5th with 14 SB.
WHERE THE WAVES ARE: Here’s a list of former Waves and where they’re playing at in pro baseball to start the 2009 season:
Majors: Dan Haren (D’Backs), Noah Lowry (Giants), Will Ohman (Dodgers), Dane Sardinha (Tigers), Randy Wolf (Dodgers)
Minors: Chase d'Arnaud (West Virginia Power/A - Pittsburgh Pirates), Jason Dominguez (Lancaster JetHawks/A - Houston Astros), Barry Enright (Mobile Bay Bears/AA - Arizona Diamondbacks), Brett Hunter (Kane County Cougars/A - Oakland A’s), Steve Kleen (Kane County Cougars/A - Oakland A’s), Kea Kometani (Frisco Roughriders/AA - Texas Rangers), David Matranga (New Orleans Zephyrs/AAA - Florida Marlins), David Newhan (Lehigh Valley IronPigs/AAA - Philadelphia Phillies), Adrian Ortiz (Wilmington Blue Rocks/A - Kansas City Royals), Eric Thames (Dunedin Blue Jays/A - Toronto Blue Jays), Chad Tracy (Frisco Roughriders/AA - Texas Rangers), Danny Worth (Toledo Mud Hens/AAA - Detroit Tigers)
Independents: Donald Brown (Evansville (Ind.) Otters/Frontier League)
STARTING AND RELIEVING: Below is a table comparing Pepperdine’s pitchers’ statistics as starters and relievers.
App W L IP H R ER BB K ERA Pitcher App W L IP H R ER BB K ERA
10 2 4 53.0 40 27 26 34 44 4.42 Alexander 5 1 1 9.2 11 6 4 4 11 3.72
9 5 1 51.2 40 24 22 18 56 3.83 Bywater 2 0 0 3.1 2 0 0 3 1 0.00
7 2 3 49.2 39 26 24 14 43 4.35 Cook 8 5 0 27.1 11 6 6 6 31 1.98
10 2 2 36.2 32 29 22 24 33 5.40 Gates 6 1 0 5.1 8 1 1 1 7 1.69
11 3 5 67.0 66 47 42 32 65 5.64 Newman 1 0 0 3.1 2 0 0 2 4 0.00
2 1 0 9.0 10 3 3 2 7 3.00 Uhrig 12 1 1 21.1 19 12 7 6 20 2.95
49 15 15 267.0 146 156 139 124 248 4.69 Totals 34 8 2 70.1 53 25 18 22 74 2.30
THE HEAD COACH: Steve Rodriguez is in his sixth season as the head coach of Pepperdine Baseball and owns an all-time record of 214-141 (.603) ... Has guided his clubs to three West Coast Conference titles and five NCAA Regional appearances ... Served as an assistant coach under Frank Sanchez from 2000 to 2003 ... Played second base for Pepperdine’s 1992 national championship team.
WAVES AT EDDY D. FIELD STADIUM (18-10, .643): Have lost four of their last seven home games since starting the season 15-6 (.714) ... Recently lost to UC Santa Barbara, 10-6, despite holding leads of 3-0 and 6-5 ... Of the Waves last seven losses, they have held the lead in four of those games, including last week’s back-to-back losses vs. Long Beach State and the Gauchos ... Have not won consecutive home games since taking the last two from Loyola Marymount on 4/18 and 19 ... Blown out by #10 Cal State Fullerton, 15-2 on 4/22 ... Was their worst home loss of the season in terms of margin of defeat ... Dropped a 20-8 decision to Brown on 3/24 ... The Waves are in the midst of their 37th season at Eddy D. Field Stadium, where they own an all-time record of 792-304-12 (.720), including a 23-5 (.821) mark in 2008 ... With three remaining games at home this year, the Waves are guaranteed their 36th straight winning season at home.
WAVES ON THE ROAD (10-12, .455): With an 8-4 win at No. 18 Cal Poly Tuesday night, have now won back-to-back road games for just the second time all season and first time since taking the first two games at UC Davis (2/27-28) ... The win at Cal Poly also improved Pepperdine’s nighttime record to 3-1 ... After losing at Portland last Saturday, the Waves are stuck with its third straight losing season on the road: 2007 (10-11), 2008 (11-16) ... Haven’t posted a winning road record since 2006 (19-10, .655) and claim just four winning seasons on the road this decade ... Waves play one final regular season road game at Cal State Fullerton (4/19) ... Since 1973, Pepperdine’s road record is a respectable 578-457-5 (.558).
WAVES IN THE STANDINGS (84): The Waves have spent the following days alone or tied at each position in the West Coast Conference standings: FIRST - 0, SECOND - 0, THIRD - 0, FOURTH - 14, FIFTH - 25, SIXTH - 2, SEVENTH - 10, EIGHTH - 0 ... Are alone in fifth place at 9-9 ... Are 2.5 games behind WCC leaders Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount, who are tied for first at 12-6 ... Waves need to place first or second to qualify for the WCC Championship Series ... Have spent 83 days above, 1 day at 0 days below .500 this season ... Friday is the 85th day of the 2009 college baseball season and the 51st day since the start of conference play.
WAVES IN THE RANKINGS: Rivals.com (NR), PING! Baseball (NR; 18th West Region), Baseball America (NR), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (N/A), Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (NR), College Baseball Insider.com (NR), ESPN/USA Today (NR).
TICKET INFORMATION: Single-match tickets to all home baseball games are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free to all Pepperdine students and faculty with a university ID.ON THE WEB: Live video of all the Waves’ home games can be viewed at PepperdineSports.com ... The official website has moved to a pay-per-view platform in 2008-09, with an annual pass costing $69.95 and monthly subscriptions also being available ... Live statistics can be accessed for all home games free of charge, and links are provided to the home team’s website when the Waves are on the road ... Go to the "Wave Casts" link toward the top of the home page to find more information.
GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD: For the first time ever, fan voting will be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2009 ... Fans will be able to vote for their favorite player starting May 26 after USA Baseball officials cut the watch list of players to 30 semifinalists ... USA Baseball officials will unveil the 2009 Golden Spikes Award Watch List on Feb. 17 ... The Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the top amateur player in the country on July 15 in St. Louis as part of the MLB All-Star Game festivities ... For more info, please log onto www.goldenspikesaward.com.
THE ROONEY FUND: A fund for Patrick Rooney’s children has recently been established through the assistance of Wells Fargo Bank ... Please visit any Southern California Wells Fargo location for more information on how to contribute or send donations to: Children of Patrick Rooney Fund, c/o Erynn Rooney, Wells Fargo Bank, 20375 East Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886 ... Rooney, a former Pepperdine infielder and brother of current Wave, Colin, died in a January plane crash outside Steamboat Springs, Colo.
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 Â 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.