Baseball: Eleven Waves Earn All-WCC Accolades
Austin Davidson and Kolten Yamaguchi Capture First Team Selections
May 22, 2013
COMPLETE WCC RELEASE
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine placed 11 student-athletes on the 2013 All-West Coast Conference Baseball Teams as announced today by the league office. Sophomores Austin Davidson and Kolten Yamaguchi headlined the list as members of the first team.
Seven Waves earned honorable mention selection, including its entire weekend starting rotation of lefthander Aaron Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS), righthander Scott Frazier (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) and righthander Corey Miller (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Serra HS). Pepperdine closer Michael Swanner (Cardiff, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS) collected his first all-league nod after a big year.
Infielders Sam Meyer (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS) and Drew Hacker (Moorpark, Calif./Oaks Christian HS) also were selected to the list for the first time, while outfielder Ranny Lowe (Granada Hills, Calif./Notre Dame HS) earned his inaugural votes.
Two first-year Waves made the all-freshman team. Righthander Jackson McClelland (Beaumont, Calif./Redlands East Valley HS) and infielder Hutton Moyer (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) took spots on the 10-member squad.
A 2013 All-WCC Preseason selection, Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) turned in a strong sophomore campaign for the Waves. Davidson led Pepperdine in hits (58), shared the team lead in doubles (15) to go along with six home runs, 24 RBI and 30 runs. During league play, Davidson hit .280 with six doubles, four homers and 14 RBI. A WCC Player of the Week selection, Davidson enjoyed a strong March, hitting .382 with eight doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI.
Yamaguchi (Kona, Hawaii/Konawaena HS) came out of seemingly nowhere to lead the Waves in batting as a sophomore, hitting .309 with six doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI. During league play, the Hawaiian ranked second on the team in average, connecting at a .323 clip with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBI in 19 games. Yamaguchi made his first two hits of the season memorable with home runs on consecutive at-bats at USC (3/12) and hit a game-tying homer against Loyola Marymount (3/17).
A preseason All-American, Brown battled through an injury to lead the team in wins (6), including victories in five consecutive starts. In perhaps the finest outing of his career, Brown stymied eventual league champion Gonzaga (4/21), tossing a complete game, allowing four runs (two earned) off six hits and struck out five Bulldogs. Brown set a career-high for strikeouts with nine in a win at Brigham Young (3/30). For the season, Brown posted a 4.95 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 72.2 innings and batted .313 with two doubles, two home runs and three RBI in 48 at-bats.
Frazier collects honorable mention accolades for the second straight season and finished his junior campaign on a tear, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.29 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 21.0 innings in his final three starts of the season. Overall, Frazier posted a 5-5 record with a 4.06 ERA and struck out a team-high 83 batters in 88.2 innings. Opposing batters hit a meager .237 against him and managed just nine extra base hits. Frazier struck out eight or more batters five times, including a season-high nine at Portland (5/17).
Miller enjoyed a strong junior campaign, leading the Pepperdine rotation in ERA (2.71) and innings (89.2). The righthander posted a 5-5 record overall, 3-3 during league play. Miller struck out 67 and walked a rotation-low 26. Miller tossed a complete game gem against Loyola Marymount (3/16) allowing one run off six hits with seven strikeouts and went a remarkable 10.0 innings in a no-decision against Washington (4/7), allowing just three hits while recording a career-high 10 strikeouts, good for WCC Pitcher of the Week honors.
Swanner led the league in saves (14) and gave up runs in just two of his 15 outings as a junior. The righthander posted 1-1 record with a 1.50 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 24.0 innings. Opposing batters hit just .165 against him. A member of the 2013 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List, Swanner finished the regular season ranked fourth in Pepperdine single-season history in saves.
Hacker emerged as the starting shortstop and took advantage of his opportunities, hitting .246 with four doubles and 12 RBI. The sophomore elevated his game during league play, batting .288 with four doubles and 11 RBI. Hacker hit better with runners on base, connecting at a .327 clip with runners aboard and .324 with runners in scoring position.
After not collecting a hit in his first two seasons at Pepperdine, Lowe emerged as one of the top offensive weapons for Pepperdine, hitting .303 with six doubles, 26 RBI and 19 runs. This season he turned in a career day at San Diego (4/14), going a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate and has delivered 12 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI contests this season.
A West Coast Conference Player of the Week selection after leading Pepperdine to its first 4-0 start to a season since 2001, Meyer led the Waves in RBI with 33 and clubbed five home runs in a productive offensive season. As a senior he led Pepperdine in multi-RBI games with seven, including a career-high four against Western Michigan, and was second on the squad in multi-hit contests with 15.
McClelland posted a strong start to his Pepperdine career, posting a 2-1 record with a 1.46 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 49.1 innings spanning 22 appearances and four starts. The righthander collected his first career victory in his first collegiate start against Western Michigan (2/16) and picked up his second in a 9-7 victory against USC (4/30). During league action, McClelland tossed 11.0 innings in eight appearances with a 0.82 ERA.
Moyer hit .258 during his inaugural collegiate season with four doubles, triple, three home runs and 16 RBI, but came on strong at the end, batting a team-high .310 in May with a double, three home runs and six RBI in his last 10 games. Moyer collected a walk-off hit against Washington (4/6) in the 10th inning of a 1-0 contest.