Waves Announce 2013 Baseball Schedule
Defending West Coast Conference Champions Open Season February 15
Oct. 1, 2012
MALIBU, Calif.- Pepperdine Baseball released its 2013 schedule today featuring a strong lineup of quality opponents. The defending West Coast Conference Champion Waves play 12 games against 2012 NCAA Regional teams.
Pepperdine welcomes Western Michigan to Malibu for the opening series of the 2013 season, with four games beginning Friday, February 15 at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Perennial power Cal State Fullerton makes its first of two visits Tuesday, February 19.
After taking on the Titans, Pepperdine embarks on a challenging road trip beginning Friday, February 22 in the Lone Star State with a three game set against Texas A&M. After traveling to Waco to take on Baylor, the Waves continue their odyssey with a series at Oklahoma starting Friday, March 1. The Aggies, Bears and Sooners all reached the postseason a year ago.
"This is a really exciting time for us," Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez said. "We go on the road early to College Station for Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma. They all came out here last year. There's going to be some great baseball games and I know our guys are going to be excited to take a spring break trip out to Texas and Oklahoma and just experience different types of baseball."
After the seven-game road trip, the Waves play 10 of their next 11 games at home, starting with a series against Seton Hall starting Friday, March 8.
"Offensively we're young in some areas and we're going to see how they develop from the beginning of the season to the end," Rodriguez said. "We're going to have some big challenges with Seton Hall and Washington coming in and then in our conference. I think the long road trip and quality opponents at home will prepare us for conference and give us a good feel for who's going to be able to compete."
Pepperdine opens the 2013 WCC campaign when it hosts longtime rival Loyola Marymount Friday, March 15, followed by a home league series against Santa Clara.
"I think all of our teams have done a tremendous job in in recruiting and a great job in coaching," Rodriguez said. "I thought last year it was one of the most even-tiered conferences around. All of us played very well and teams have gotten a lot better. The conference, once again, is going to be up for grabs. Our conference has taken some huge strides and I'm looking forward to seeing how it's going to shake out this year."
After taking on BYU in Provo, Utah, the Huskies visit Malibu in a non-conference series beginning Friday, April 5 and the Waves then travel south to San Diego for a key WCC series against 2012 NCAA Regional participant USD. Gonzaga visits Eddy D. Field Stadium for three games starting April 19 before the Waves break for final exams and graduation.
Pepperdine closes out conference play on the road at San Francisco, at home against Saint Mary's and wraps up the regular season at Portland starting Friday, May 17.
In addition, the Waves will play their normal complement of tough regional opponents, including home-and-home series against Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State UC Santa Barbara and USC.