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Pepperdine Lands 13 Players on WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Team

Jan. 3, 2007

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Pepperdine placed a conference-high 13 players on the West Coast Conference's (WCC)/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Team that was announced by the league office on Wednesday. The 40-man team was selected by a 30-member voting panel comprised of WCC administrators, league institutions, national collegiate baseball writers and local media members.

Those eligible for nomination were student-athletes that participated in the sport of baseball at one of the WCC's eight current member institutions from 1968 to 2006. Also eligible for nomination were student-athletes who participated for any of the five WCC institutions that took part in Northern California Baseball Association (NCBA) and Southern California Baseball Association (SCBA) play from 1977 to 1984.

The 13 Pepperdine players named to the team include 10 All-Americans, three Freshman All-Americans, one Academic All-American, five WCC Players of the Year, five conference Pitchers of the Year and three Freshmen of the Year. Additionally, 10 players went on to play Major League Baseball.

The list of Waves named to the team consists of Patrick Ahearne, Steve Duda, Mike Fetters, Dan Haren, Rick Hirtensteiner, Mark Lee, Noah Lowry, Steve Montgomery, Steve Rodriguez, Dane Sardinha, Mike Scott, David Uribes and Randy Wolf.

Seven former Loyola Marymount players also earned a spot on the team, while Saint Mary's and San Francisco each had five players named to the team. Santa Clara had four honorees, followed by Gonzaga (3), San Diego (2) and Portland (1).

The following is capsule on each Pepperdine player named to the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team.

PATRICK AHEARNE, RHP (1991-92)
• Two-time First Team All-American (1991, 1992)
• 1992 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year
• Two-Time First Team All-WCC and District 8 Selection
• Named to the 1992 All-College World Series Team
• Collected two wins in the 1992 College World Series, including the championship game against Cal State Fullerton
• Compiled a 26-7 career record, 2.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts
• Ranks seventh on Pepperdine's career wins list with 26 despite playing just two seasons
• Led Pepperdine in innings pitched both seasons
• 15 wins during the 1992 rank tie for second-most on Pepperdine's single-season wins list and tied for third on the WCC's single-season wins list
• Posted an 8-0 record in WCC play during 1992 season
• Drafted in the seventh round by the Detroit Tigers in 1992
• Reached the major leagues with the Tigers in 1995

STEVE DUDA, RHP (1990-93)
• A second team All-American in 1993
• All-District 8 selection in 1993
• 1993 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year
• Two-Time First Team All-West Coast Conference Selection
• Freshman All-American in 1990
• Ranks first in Pepperdine and West Coast Conference history with 44 victories
• No. 6 in Pepperdine and No. 7 in WCC history with a 2.31 career ERA
• Ranks first in Pepperdine and third in WCC history with 427.2 innings pitched
• Ranks fourth in Pepperdine history with 275 career strikeouts
• Compiled a 44-9 record, 2.31 ERA, 21 complete games and five shutouts while appearing in 73 games
• Went 12-3 with a 1.64 ERA and tossed a career-high eight complete games in 1993
• Posted a 9-1 record, 1.92 ERA and three shutouts in 17 appearances while helping Pepperdine to the College World Series title in 1992
• Drafted in the fifth round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1993
• Elected to the Cape Cod Baseball League's Hall of Fame in 2006

MIKE FETTERS, RHP (1984-86)
• Named All-American and All-District 8 in 1986
• Selected First Team All-West Coast Conference and WCC Pitcher of the Year in 1986
• Ranks second in Pepperdine and fifth in WCC history with 33 career wins
• No. 2 in strikeouts (292) and innings pitched (361.1), and tied for seventh in appearances (77) in Pepperdine history
• Compiled a career record of 33-13, 3.64 ERA, 19 complete games and 292 strikeouts
• 158 strikeouts in 1986 rank second on the WCC's single-season strikeout list
• Won at least 10 games in each of his three seasons at Pepperdine
• Drafted in the first round by the California Angels in 1986
• Played 16 years in the Major Leagues with the California Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins

DAN HAREN, RHP (1999-2001)
• Second Team All-American and All-District 8 in 2001
• Freshman All-American in 1999
• A two-time first team All-West Coast Conference Selection (2000, 2001)
• 1999 WCC Freshman of the Year
• 2001 WCC Player of the Year
• Compiled a 29-11 record, 2.77 ERA, 13 complete games and 277 strikeouts in three years
• 29 wins tie for ninth on the WCC's all-time career wins list and third in Pepperdine history
• Went 11-3 with a 2.22 ERA and six complete games in 2001. Also served as the team's designated hitter and batted .308 with five home runs and 47 RBI
• Third in Pepperdine history in innings pitched list (354.2) and strikeouts (277)
• A second round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001
• Reached the major league's in 2003 with the Cardinals and is currently a member of the Oakland A's starting rotation

Rick Hirtensteiner, OF-P (1986-89)
• First Team All-American and All-District 8 in 1989
• Academic All-American (1989)
• 1989 West Coast Conference Player of the Year
• 1989 WCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• A three-time First Team All-West Coast Conference Selection (1987, 1988, 1989)
• A career .337 hitter with 295 hits, 228 runs scored, 175 RBI, 57 doubles, 17 triples and 28 home runs in 876 at-bats. Ranks in the Top 10 in every offensive category except batting average where he ranks No. 12
• Ranks fifth in hits, fourth in runs scored and tied for seventh in triples in WCC history
• Also worked out of the Pepperdine bullpen and posted a 3-2 record, 2.16 ERA and recorded six saves in 18 games
• Drafted in the eighth round by the California Angels

MARK LEE, RHP (1975-76)• 1976 West Coast Conference Player of the Year
• Two-Time First Team All-West Coast Conference Selection (1975, 1976)
• All-Time West Coast Conference Career ERA leader and second in Pepperdine history with 1.81 mark
• Compiled a two-year record of 22-8 with a 1.81 ERA, 11 complete games and 109 strikeouts in 47 games
• Posted a 14-5 record, 1.44 ERA and 10 complete games in 21 games in 1975
• 14 wins in 1975 tie for fourth on Pepperdine's single-season list and fifth in WCC history while 1.44 ERA is fourth best mark in Pepperdine history and ties for fifth in WCC annals
• A 13th-round pick by the San Diego Padres in 1976
• Played in the major leagues with the San Diego Padres (1978-79) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1980-81)

NOAH LOWRY, LHP (2000-01)• 2001 First Team All-American and All-District 8 Selection
• 2001 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and first team All-WCC selection
• Compiled a two-year record of 20-4 with a 2.52 ERA, three complete games, 193 strikeouts and a .202 opponents batting average
• Put together one of the finest seasons of any pitcher in WCC history in 2001, going 14-2 with a 1.71 ERA and three complete games while holding opponents to a .199 batting average in 18 games
• 142 strikeouts tie for fourth-highest single-season total in WCC history and 14 wins tie for fifth in conference history
• 2.52 career ERA ranks seventh in Pepperdine history
• First round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2001
• Reached the major leagues with the Giants in 2003 and is a current member of the club's starting rotation

STEVE MONTGOMERY, RHP (1990-92)
• A two-time All-American (1991, 1992), including first team selection in 1991
• Twice named All-District 8 (1991, 1992)
• A two-time first team All-West Coast Conference selection
• Registered a 22-6 career record, 2.57 ERA, 13 saves and 216 strikeouts in 231.0 innings over 79 games
• Ranks 10th in WCC history with a 2.57 career ERA
• Ranks eighth in Pepperdine history in ERA and 12th in strikeouts
• Pitched in all four games of the 1992 College World Series and earned saves against Texas and against Cal State Fullerton in the championship game
• Spent final two seasons of career as a reliever and went 19-3 with a 1.62 ERA and 13 saves in 62 games
• 35 appearances in 1992 rank second all-time in Pepperdine single-season history
• Drafted in the third round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992
• Played in the major leagues with the Oakland A's (1996-97), Philadelphia Phillies (1999) and San Diego Padres (2000)

Steve Rodriguez, INF (1990-92)
• A two-time first team All-American and All-District 8 selection (1991, 1992)
• 1990 Freshman All-American
• First Team All-West Coast Conference (1991, 1992)
• 1992 West Coast Conference Player of the Year
• Named to the 1992 All-College World Series Team
• Named to the WCC's 50 Greatest Student-Athletes All-Time list in 2001
• Finished with a .367 career batting average to rank second in Pepperdine history and tie for ninth in WCC annals
• Ranks among the Top 10 in Pepperdine history in runs scored, hits, triples, at-bats and stolen bases
• .419 batting average in 1991 ranks third on Pepperdine's single-season list and ties for ninth in the WCC
• A fifth-round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox in 1992
• Reached the major leagues with the Red Sox and Tigers in 1995

DANE SARDINHA, C (1998-2000)
• 2000 First Team All-American
• 1999 All-District 8
• 2000 West Coast Conference Player of the Year
• Two-time first team All-West Coast Conference (1999, 2000)
• Posted a .330 career batting average with 45 home runs, 173 RBI, 54 doubles and .599 slugging percentage,br>• All-time Pepperdine leader and tied for third on the WCC's all-time home run list with 45
• Tied for fourth in Pepperdine history with 54 doubles and tied for fourth in RBI with 173
• Drafted in the second round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2000

MIKE SCOTT, RHP (1974-76)
• 1975 All-District 8 selection
• Three-time first team All-West Coast Conference selection (1974, 1975, 1976)
• Compiled a three-year record of 26-14 with a 2.09 ERA, 232 strikeouts and 22 complete games
• Named to the WCC's 50 Greatest Student-Athletes All-Time list in 2001
• Had two seasons (1974 and 1975) with an ERA under 1.65 while registering a 19-8 record
• Ranks fourth in WCC history with a 2.09 ERA
• Tied for seventh on Pepperdine's career wins list (26), No. 5 in ERA (2.10), No. 4 in innings pitched (343.2) and No. 10 in strikeouts (232)
• A second round draft pick by the New York Mets in 1976
• Played in the major leagues with the New York Mets (1979-82) and Houston Astros (1983-91)
• Won the National League's Cy Young Award in 1986

David Uribes, INF (2003-06)
• 2003 Freshman All-American
• Three-time All-West Coast Conference selection• West Coast Conference's all-time hits leader with 328 and ranks third in conference history with 232 runs scored
• Ranks first in hits, runs scored, at-bats (986), fourth in games played (241), seventh in doubles (51) and ninth in stolen bases (72) in Pepperdine history
• Started every game of his career, a streak of 241 consecutive games, before suffering a knee injury during the final weeks of senior season
• Finished with a .333 career batting average
• Pepperdine reached postseason play in all four of his years
• Drafted in the 25th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2006

RANDY WOLF, LHP (1995-97)
• 1997 First Team All-American and All-District 8 selection
• 1997 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year
• Three-time first team All-West Coast Conference selection (1995, 1996, 1997)
• 1995 WCC Freshman of the Year
• Compiled a 25-8 career record, 1.97 ERA, 15 complete games, seven shutouts and 328 strikeouts in three seasons
• WCC ranks include No. 2 in career ERA and sixth in strikeouts• Ranks third in ERA, tied for seventh in innings pitched (315.0) and first in strikeouts in Pepperdine history
• In three seasons, never had an ERA above 2.16
• Drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997
• Made major league debut in 1999 and is a current member of the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting rotation