Waves Close Season at San Diego
Pepperdine honored its nine seniors at the team's final home series last weekend.
THIS WEEK FOR THE WAVES: The Pepperdine baseball team closes out the season on the road this week, playing three West Coast Conference games at San Diego starting on Friday.
Friday, May 19 - 6 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.)
Saturday, May 20 - 6 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.)
Sunday, May 21 - 1 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.)
COVERAGE: All three games this week will be broadcast live on TheW.tv. Links to the broadcasts and live stats will be available on the Pepperdine baseball schedule page at PepperdineWaves.com.
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COMPETING WITH PURPOSE BLOG: Pepperdine is providing more insider content to its fans this season via the Competing With Purpose blog, which can be accessed at www.pepperdinewaves.com.
LAST WEEK: The Waves went 2-2, picking up a midweek win over Cal Poly before dropping two of three to Saint Mary’s in a hotly contested series. After dropping the opener, the Waves won game two on a walk-off single in the 14th inning. SMC came back with a 15th inning win on Sunday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Aaron Barnett leads the Waves with a .298 batting average and 54 hits ... Ben Rodriguez leads the Waves with 30 RBI ... Quincy McAfee leads the team with 29 runs scored ... Jeremy Goldenetz has a team-high .405 OBP ... Barnett is the 8th toughest player in the NCAA to strikeout, with 18.1 at-bats per K.
PITCHING LEADERS: Ryan Wilson (3.55) and Wil Jensen (3.96) lead the Pepperdine starters with sub-4.00 ERA’s ... Three Pepperdine relievers have sub-3.00 ERA’s; Jordan Qsar (2.48), Kiko Garcia (2.66), Michael Mahony (2.76) ... Qsar, Garcia and Jonathan Pendergast each have a team-high four wins ... Wilson has a team-high 68 strikeouts.
- Pepperdine picked up a victory at then No. 20 Texas A&M on 2/25, behind 6.2 strong innings from Max Gamboa in which he struck out 10 batters, walked two, and gave up just five hits and one run. Aaron Barnett drove in the game-winning run in the seventh, and Jordan Qsar picked up the save and drove in a run in the 2-1 victory
- The Waves had a comeback win over Rice in a seven inning game on 3/4, scoring all five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Owls 5-2 on the road.
- Pepperdine swept its opening series with Saint Joseph’s by a combined score of 24-10.
- The Waves won their postponed game against Fresno State in dramatic fashion, scoring twice in the bottom of the 12th after the Bulldogs had taken a one-run lead in the top half of the inning.
- Pepperdine won its WCC opener thanks to some clutch hitting in the eighth inning, getting a pinch-hit double from Brandon Caruso and then Jordan Qsar drove in the go-ahead run with a single.
- Waves took two of three from Gonzaga. Ben Rodriguez hit a grand slam to power the Waves to a win in the second game. Joe Caparis hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to win the finale for Pepperdine.
- Pepperdine scored a season-high 16 runs on 17 hits in a 16-4 road win over CSUN on April 4.
- The Waves put up a season-high 18 hits in both a 12-6 win over Portland (4/7) and an 11-7 win at BYU (4/13).
- Pepperdine won a dramatic 12-inning contest against San Francisco, 6-5. Ben Rodriguez sent it to extra innings with a pinch-hit solo-home run in the top of the ninth inning and Matt Crowder drove in the game winning run in the 12th. Jordan Qsar got the win on the mound with 4.0 innings of scoreless relief and drove in two runs.
HISTORY VS. USD: Waves lead the all-time series 128-75 ... The Toreros won two of three the last two seasons and the previous three seasons the Waves won two of three ... Neither team has swept the other since 2009.
Double Plays: 43 - 3rd WCC, 72nd NCAA
ERA: 4.17 - 4th WCC, 89th NCAA
Fielding Percentage: .974 - 4th WCC, 72nd NCAA
HBP: 56 - 4th WCC, 63rd NCAA
Hits Allowed/9: 9.13 - 4th WCC
Sac Bunts: 29 - 4th WCC
Sac Flies: 17 - 4th WCC
Complete Games: Ryan Wilson/Wil Jensen 1 - 4th WCC
Games Started: Ryan Wilson, Wil Jensen 13 - 2nd WCC, 20th NCAA
AB/SO: Aaron Barnett 18.1 - 2nd WCC, 8th NCAA
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 21/7
Starters Returning/Lost (lineup): 7/2
Starters Returning/Lost (pitchers): 3/1
Newcomers, Off Redshirts: 14
Class: SR-7 (1-RS), JR-11 (2-RS), SO-8 (1-RS), FR-9 (1-RS)
2017 COACHES POLL: The Waves were tabbed third in the 2017 WCC Coaches Poll, receiving two first-place votes. San Diego was picked first with five first-place votes and Gonzaga was second with three first-place votes. The Waves were selected by Perfect Game to win the conference and were picked by D1Baseball to finish third.
PRESEASON ALL-WCC: Ryan Wilson was named to the WCC’s Preseason All-Conference team earlier this month. Wilson was one of five pitchers named to the team. The junior lefty compiled a 0.63 ERA in 42.2 innings pitched last year. Splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation, Wilson had six saves and a 2-0 record. He held opponents to a .128 batting average, striking out 46 while walking just 14. He is expected to start the season as Pepperdine’s Friday starter.
LAST YEAR: The Waves went 29-24 overall last year and finished two games out of first place in the WCC, with a 16-11 conference record. Pepperdine made its third straight WCC Tournament, but went 1-2, losing two extra-inning games, to exit the postseason.
2016 ALL-WCC: Pepperdine had four players honored on last year’s All-WCC and All-Freshman teams. A.J. Puckett took home WCC Pitcher of the Year honors and was named to the conference’s first team. Ryan Wilson and Manny Jefferson were named to the All-WCC second team, and Matthew Kanfer was named to the All-Freshman team.
COACHING STAFF: 2017 marks the second season of Head Coach Rick Hirtensteiner’s tenure at the helm for Pepperdine. Hirtensteiner served as an assistant on the Waves’ staff for 17 years prior to taking over for Steve Rodriguez, who left for Baylor in 2015. Hirtensteiner hired Cooper Fouts, who previously served as a volunteer assistant with the Waves from 2011-12, to serve as the team’s recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. Hirtensteiner then tabbed Rolando Garza to fill the team’s role as pitching coach, after former pitching instructor Jon Strauss also left to fill the same role with Rodriguez at Baylor. Fouts was previously an assistant at Utah Valley, while Garza served as the pitching coach at Riverside City College.
POSTSEASON HISTORY: The Waves made their 30th appearance in NCAA postseason play in 2015, advancing to the NCAA Fullerton Regional final. In 2014 Pepperdine made its first ever NCAA Super Regional after winning the San Luis Obispo Regional Tournament. The Waves eventually fell to TCU, two games to one in the best of three series. Pepperdine won a College World Series title in 1992 and has appeared in the College World Series twice (1979, 1992).
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY: Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports – one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat – and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.