March 1, 2007
Malibu, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: Following its most successful homestand in program history, the nationally-ranked Pepperdine baseball team heads out on the road this week to open a season-long nine-game road trip that begins at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina.
The Waves, winners of four straight and 10 of their last 11 games, will face host East Carolina on Friday at Clark LeClair Stadium beginning at 2 p.m. (PST).
Pepperdine continues tournament action against Western Carolina on Saturday and concludes the weekend against nationally-ranked North Carolina State on Sunday. Both games begin at 8 a.m. (PST).
The Waves capped a season-long 11-game homestand with a 13-2 victory over UC Irvine Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Pepperdine went 10-1 at home, marking its most successful homestand of 10 or more games in program history. The 1978 team went 8-4 during a school-record 12-game homestand.
This weekend's trip to North Carolina will mark Pepperdine's farthest trip east since 1993 when the Waves took part in the Olive Garden Classic in Kissimmee, Florida, where they played Auburn, Central Florida and Georgia Tech. Pepperdine registered a 2-2 mark in that tournament, defeating Auburn and Central before losing a pair of one-run games to Georgia Tech.
The tournament also marks the first during the regular season for Pepperdine since it hosted Yellow Book USA Classic in 2005. It was the second of two tournaments that season as the Waves also participated in the Dairy Queen Baseball Classic in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
WAVES ON THE INTERNET: A total of 44 regular-season games will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.PepperdineSports.com with live video webcasts for home games. Gametracker also will be available at www.PepperdineSports.com. Veteran announcer Larry Burnett will provide play-by-play for the Waves this season.
NATIONAL POLLS: Pepperdine begins play this week ranked No. 12 nationally by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 17 by Baseball America. East Carolina and Western Carolina are both unranked while North Carolina State is No. 24 in the latest Baseball America poll and No. 25 by Collegiate Baseball.
UC IRVINE RECAP: Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud highlighted a season-high 16-hit attack with two home runs and a career-high six RBI and junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski pitched five scoreless innings to lead Pepperdine to a 13-2 victory over UC Irvine Tuesday afternoon. The Waves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and broke the game open with a six-run second inning as they sent 10 batters to the plate against a pair of Anteaters pitchers. d'Arnaud capped the inning and gave the Waves an 8-0 lead with a three-run home run over the left field fence off of Hathcock. Pepperdine continued to hammer the ball in the third, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring five times to take a 13-0 lead. The big blow in the frame was a two-run home run by d'Arnaud. The home run followed a two-run single up the middle by sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames, who finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a career-high four RBI. d'Arnaud became the first Pepperdine player to hit two home runs in a game since Chad Tracy accomplished the feat March 21, 2006 at Cal State Fullerton. Olbrychowski (2-0), who made his first start of the season, allowed five hits and struck out two while throwing 52 pitches. His only difficulty came in the second inning when he surrendered back-to-back singles to begin the inning.
FRESNO STATE SERIES RECAP: Pepperdine continued its exceptional pitching during a three-game series sweep of Fresno State last weekend. The Waves won by scores of 4-0, 3-2 and 10-4. Pepperdine hurlers posted a 1.67 ERA and limited the Bulldogs to a .129 batting average. Junior All-American Barry Enright got the Waves off to a good start as he threw a complete-game three-hit shutout in Friday's opener. Sophomore Brett Hunter followed with a career-high tying seven-inning performance in which he allowed two runs, only one earned, and struck out a personal-best tying eight. In Sunday's series finale, sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann earned his first career win after working 5.1 innings, allowing two hits, one run, walking one and striking out five.
ABOUT EAST CAROLINA: East Carolina begins play this weekend with a 5-5 mark and has won three in a row following an 11-4 victory over Duke on Saturday. The Pirates are batting .271 as a team and have a collective ERA of 3.72. Junior outfielder Eldridge Harrison is batting .361 to lead the team in hitting. Junior right hander T.J. Hose will make the start against Pepperdine on Friday and is 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA in 15.1 innings of work. Head coach Billy Godwin is in the midst of his second season at East Carolina and has an overall record to date of 38-31 (.551).
SERIES VERSUS EAST CAROLINA: Friday's contest will mark the first-ever meeting between Pepperdine and East Carolina.
ABOUT WESTERN CAROLINA: Western Carolina opens this weekend's play with a 5-2 mark and is coming off a 10-7 victory over No. 14 Georgia Tech on Tuesday. The Catamounts are batting .332 as a team and have a collective ERA of 3.77. Junior utility man Jonathan Greene is the team's top hitter with a .440 average. Senior right hander Brock Thornburg will start against Pepperdine on Saturday and is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA while making two starts. Head coach Todd Raleigh is in the midst of his eighth season at Western Carolina and has recorded an overall mark to date of 220-191 (.535).
SERIES VERSUS WESTERN CAROLINA: Saturday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between Pepperdine and Western Carolina.
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA STATE: North Carolina State is currently 9-1, ranked No. 24 by Baseball America, and is coming off a 5-2 victory over North Carolina Wilmington on Tuesday. The Wolf Pack is batting .305 as a team and has a collective ERA of 1.62. Junior Ryan Pond is the club's top hitter, batting .393 with three home runs and 15 RBI. Sophomore left-hander Eric Surkamp will start Sunday against Pepperdine and is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA. Head coach Eilliott Avent is in his 11th season at North Carolina State and has compiled an overall record to date of 387-236 (.621).
SERIES VERSUS NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Sunday's game will mark the first-ever meeting between Pepperdine and North Carolina State.
GAME 1 STARTER: Junior right hander Barry Enright will make his fifth appearance and start of the season on Friday. The junior All-American is 4-0 with a 0.59 ERA. In 0.2 innings, Enright has allowed 20 hits, three runs (two earned), walked two and struck out 15. Enright's last start came on Friday against Fresno State and he earned a victory after tossing a complete-game three-hit shutout while throwing just 82 pitches. It marked the second complete-game of his career and extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 21.1 innings. The win improved his career record to 27-3 and moved him into a tie for fifth place on Pepperdine's all-time career wins list. It also was his 42nd career start, moving him into a tie with Mike Scott (1974-76) for ninth place on the Waves' career starts list. Enright began the 2007 season as a preseason All-American was named to the 2007 Roger Clemens Award Watch List and Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. Enright was tabbed the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Co-Pitcher of the Year and a first team All-WCC selection after posting a 13-2 record and 4.05 ERA in 2006.
GAME 2 STARTER: Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter will make his sixth appearance and fourth start of the season on Saturday. He is currently 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA and one save. In 22.0 innings of work, he has allowed 15 hits, nine runs (six earned) walked 12 and struck out a team-high 23 batters. Hunter received a no-decision in his last outing Saturday against Fresno State after throwing a career-high tying 7.0 innings, allowing two hits, two runs (one earned), walking four and striking out a career-high tying eight. As a starter, Hunter is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA while working 18.0 innings. The sophomore right hander opened the season as the Waves' closer and registered a save in the season-opener at UNLV. Hunter, a preseason All-American, went 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 11 saves a freshman in 2006.
GAME 3 STARTER: Sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, a transfer from UCLA, will make his fifth appearance and start of the season on Saturday. He is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA while working 19.0 innings. Dickmann's last appearance came on Sunday against Fresno State. He worked 5.1 innings, allowed two hits, one run, walked five and struck out four to earn his first career victory. Dickmann was 0-0 with a 10.38 ERA while making six relief appearances in 2006.
ENRIGHT RECEIVES WEEKLY RECOGNITION: Junior right hander Barry Enright was named to the College Baseball Foundation Honor Roll for the third consecutive week. He improved to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.59 after throwing a complete-game, three-hit shutout against Fresno State on Friday. After allowing a two-out single in the first, Enright retired 10 straight batters. He surrendered consecutive hits to open the fifth then set down the final 14 batters of the game to register his second career complete-game.
ENRIGHT NAMED TO BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST: Pepperdine junior right handed pitcher Barry Enright was one of 148 players named to the 2007 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, the College Baseball Foundation announced on Tuesday. The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year. Houston pitcher Brad Lincoln won the award in 2006. Enright brings impressive credentials into the 2007 season after posting a 23-3 record and 4.30 earned-run average in two seasons for the Waves. The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by late May. Then the selection committee will narrow the list to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals, prior to the College World Series. The finalists, their head coaches, and their parents will be invited to Lubbock, TX, for a schedule of special events tied to the award banquet, which will again be nationally televised by Fox Sports Network and Fox College Sports.
TWO WAVES NAMED TO ROGER CLEMENS AWARD WATCH LIST: Pepperdine junior Barry Enright and sophomore Brett Hunter were two of 62 players named to the 2007 Roger Clemens Award preseason watch list for the fourth annual Rogers Clemens Award that goes to college baseball's top pitcher. The finalists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award will be selected in voting by a national panel that includes: all Division 1 head baseball coaches, a selection of national media who cover collegiate baseball, the 16 winners of the R. E. "Bob" Smith Award, which was presented to the top player in the country in Houston in 1988-2003. In addition, the 10 previous finalists for the Clemens Award are also issued ballots. The 2007 award will be presented at a gala dinner next July.
THREE WAVES NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS: Junior right hander Barry Enright, sophomore reliever Brett Hunter and junior shortstop Danny Worth were named preseason All-Americans. Enright received All-American recognition by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) while Hunter and Worth were recognized by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball, respectively. Enright went 13-2 and posted a 4.05 ERA in 2006 while Hunter put together an outstanding rookie campaign as he went 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 11 saves a year ago. Worth batted a career-best .310 with 24 doubles and 38 RBI as a sophomore in 2006.
COLEMAN RECEIVES JOHN SCOLINOS AWARD: Paul Coleman, who concluded his career tied for second in appearances, was honored with the 2007 John Scolinos Distinguished Player Award following the Pepperdine baseball team's annual alumni game on January 27. The award, in its third year, is given annually to a Pepperdine baseball player in recognition of exemplary behavior during a season or career in the name of the legendary Scolinos, who was Pepperdine's head coach from 1946-1960. The recipient will be honored for demonstrating strong character traits, including humility, resourcefulness, loyalty, honesty, work ethic, Christian behavior and sportsmanship, which contribute to outstanding performance and dedicated efforts both on and beyond the baseball diamond. Cory Brightwell was the first recipient of the award in 2005 and Steve Kleen was the 2006 recipient.
WAVES POST 29TH STRAIGHT 30-WIN SEASON: For the 29th straight season, Pepperdine posted a 30-win season in 2005. The Waves posted a 42-21 overall mark. Dating back to the 1978 season, the Waves have totaled at least 30 wins every year, 40 wins 13 times and posted two-50-win campaigns.
WORTH TIED FOR 10TH ON DOUBLES LIST: Junior shortstop Danny Worth has 46 career doubles to tie Jere Longenecker (1980-83) for 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time doubles list. His next double will tie him with Woody Cliffords (1999-01) and Cory Brightwell (2001-04) for seventh place. Worth currently leads the Waves six doubles on the season. Scott Shockey (1986-89) is the all-time leader with 60 doubles. Worth totaled 24 doubles in 2006, two shy of the single-season record of 26 set by Dane Sardinha in 1999.
WORTH THE IRON MAN: Since making his collegiate debut, February 5, 2005 versus UC Santa Barbara, junior shortstop Danny Worth has played in 140 consecutive games and made 138 consecutive starts dating back to February 12, 2005 when he made his first career start against Cal Poly. His 140 games played are second on the Waves to senior left fielder Luke Salas, who has appeared in 192 games and started 174.
ENRIGHT TIED FOR FIFTH ON CAREER WINS LIST: Junior Barry Enright holds a 27-3 career record and is one win shy of tying Doug Simons (1986-88) for fourth place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list. His .900 winning percentage ranks first in Waves history. Steve Duda (1990-93) is first in all-time career wins with 44.
MORE ENRIGHT: Junior right hander Barry Enright has made four starts this season to bring his career total to 42 and move him into a tie with Mike Scott (1974-76) for ninth place. He is two starts shy of tying Britt Craven (1988-90) and Randy Wolf (1995-97) for seventh all-time.
HUNTER NO. 6 IN CAREER SAVES: Early into his sophomore campaign, Brett Hunter already has cracked Pepperdine's Top 10 in career saves. Hunter posted 11 saves as a freshman last season and with a save in the 2007 season-opener at UNLV is tied with Derek Wallace (1990-92) and Greg Reece (1970-72) for sixth place. His next save will tie him with Steve Montgomery (1990-92) for fifth all-time.
SALAS REACHES 200 HIT PLATEAU: Senior left fielder Luke Salas reached the 200 hit plateau against UC Davis earlier this season. He enters Friday's game against Eastern Carolina with a .309 career average. Salas is 28 hits shy of tying for 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time career hits list. The Westlake Village resident also is one RBI shy of 100 for his career.
ORTIZ MOVES INTO TIE FOR 5TH PLACE ON TRIPLES LIST: With three triples this season, junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz has moved into a tie for fifth place on the Waves' all-time career triples list. His 11 triples tie him with Matt Howard (1986-89), Steve Rodriguez (1990-92) and Bob Helsom (1977-80) for fifth place and are three shy of tying Ralph Sheffield for fourth place.
THAMES MAKING IMPRESSIVE PEPPERDINE DEBUT: Sophomore Eric Thames, a transfer from West Valley Junior College in San Jose, has made an impressive first impression in his first season at Pepperdine. The left-handed hitting Thames is batting a team-leading .459 (17-for-37) with 11 runs, three double, two triples, 12 RBI, .649 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage in 11 games. After missing three games with a wrist injury, Thames returned to action on February 16 against Wichita State.
IMPRESSIVE ARMS: The Pepperdine pitching staff has gotten off to an impressive start this season. The Waves enter this weekend's play with a 2.61 ERA and is holding opponents to a .226 average. Through 13 games, Pepperdine hurlers have allowed three runs or less 10 times. During its just concluded 11-game homestand, Waves pitching posted a 1.73 ERA and held opposing batters to a .208 average.
DOMINGUEZ CLOSES: After starting the second game of the season at UNLV, junior right hander Jason Dominguez has taken over the closer's role previously held by sophomore Brett Hunter, who was inserted into the starting rotation. He has made three six relief appearances, earned three saves and has a 1-0 record and 0.00 ERA.
PEPPERDINE DOMINANT FORCE IN WCC: Since the West Coast Conference (WCC) implemented divisional play in 1999, Pepperdine has been the conference's dominant team, compiling a WCC record of 164-67 (.710) over the last eight-plus seasons, an average of 20.5 wins per season, captured seven divisional crowns, three conference titles and appeared in the WCC Championship Series each year of its existence. Over that same time period, San Diego has the second-best league mark, registering a 131-99-1 (.569) record, claiming two divisional titles and winning two WCC Championship Series.
FIVE WAVES SELECTED IN 2006 MLB DRAFT: For the 32nd consecutive year, Pepperdine had at least one player taken in Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft in 2006. Junior catcher Chad Tracy was chosen in the third round by the Texas Rangers, while senior left-hander Paul Coleman was a 12th round selection by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Junior Justin Tellam was picked in the 14th round by the Houston Astros, senior first baseman Nick Kliebert was drafted in the 25th round by the San Diego Padres and senior second baseman David Uribes was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round.
WAVES CAPTURE 16TH WCC CHAMPIONSHIP: Pepperdine captured its 16th West Coast Conference (WCC) title after taking two of three at San Francisco in last year's WCC Championship Series. Pepperdine's 16 conference titles are the most by any of the eight teams in the league. Since the WCC was re-instituted for baseball prior to the 1985 season, the Waves have either won or shared 13 of the last 22 league championships. Additionally, since the WCC began sponsoring a championship series, Pepperdine is the only member to appear in all eight. Last year's WCC title was the Waves' third straight and fourth overall since 1999. Pepperdine also captured the conference title in 2001 when it went 42-18 and finished the year with a national Top 20 ranking. Pepperdine captured back-to-back titles for the first time since winning three straight between 1991 and 1993.
THIRTEEN WAVES NAMED TO WCC 40TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM: 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.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Since Eddy D. Field Stadium opened in 1973, Pepperdine has been a tough team to beat at home, compiling an overall record to date of 738-281-12 (.722) and registering just one losing season in 33 years. The Waves were 9-12 in the inaugural season of 1973 and since then has produced 32 winning seasons in the last 34 years, including a 23-11 record in 2006. The Waves have had 29 straight winning seasons at home and are 10-1 in 2007.
WAVES AMONG TOP TEAMS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Since 1979, Pepperdine is the second-winningest program in Southern California, trailing only Cal State Fullerton, heading into the 2007 season. The Waves have registered a 1,089-567 (.657) record and made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances during that time. Cal State Fullerton has compiled an overall record of 1,254-526 (.704) and made 23 NCAA appearances. Pepperdine's 17 NCAA Tournament appearances are second behind the Titans.
THE PROGRAM: In the midst of its 68th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine baseball program has compiled an all-time mark to date of 1,763-1,225-22 (.589). The Waves have advanced to the NCAA Championships on 23 occasions, and Pepperdine has participated at the College World Series twice--finishing third in 1979 and winning the national title in 1992. Pepperdine has won 30 or more games in each of the last 29 seasons dating back to 1978, and surpassed the 40-win mark on 13 occasions during that time span. Since the West Coast Conference was re-instituted for baseball prior to the 1985 season, Pepperdine has either won or shared 13 of the last 22 league championships. Dating back to the start of the 1985 campaign, Pepperdine has compiled a cumulative record of 866-457-11 (.653), including a 466-159-2 (.745) mark against league opponents.
Steve Rodriguez: Steve Rodriguez, a former collegiate All-American and a member of Pepperdine's 1992 College World Series Championship team, begins his fourth season as the Waves' head coach. Rodriguez was hired on June 18, 2004 after serving as an assistant for four years under Frank Sanchez. In three seasons, Rodriguez has led the Waves to a 124-79 (.611) record, three West Coast Conference (WCC) titles, three NCAA Regional berths and two national Top 25 rankings. He guided Pepperdine to a 30-32 overall record and into the championship game in 2004 Fullerton Regional Championship game, becoming the fifth head coach in program history to lead his club to post-season play in his rookie season, joining Gary Marks (1963), Dave Gorrie (1979), Andy Lopez (1989) and Pat Harrison (1995). In 2005, the Waves compiled a 41-23 overall record, reached the championship game of the Long Beach Regional and concluded the year ranked No. 23 nationally. A year ago, Rodriguez guided Pepperdine to a 42-21 overall record, a WCC title and an NCAA Regional appearance. The Waves hosted the Malibu Regional and reached the championship game for the third straight year. During Rodriguez' four seasons as an assistant, the Waves compiled an overall record of 145-98 (.597), including an 88-32 mark in WCC play, captured the conference title in 2001 and made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001 and 2003. Rodriguez, who earned All-American honors in 1991 and 1992, became only the third former Pepperdine player to assume the head coaching duties for the Waves in the program's 64-year history. Gary Marks became the first Pepperdine player to pilot the program when he skippered the program from 1963-67. Gail Hopkins, who played at Pepperdine from 1962-64, coached the Waves during the 1968 season. Rodriguez was a fifth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1992 after helping the Waves' to the national championship and being named the WCC's "Player of the Year." He played professionally for seven years with the Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos organizations. Rodriguez made it to the major league level with the Red Sox and Tigers in 1995. As a sophomore in 1991, Rodriguez batted .419, the second-highest single-season average in school history. His 104 base hits in 1991 are a Pepperdine record, and his .367 career average ranks second all-time in Waves' history.
WAVES AT HOME: Since 1997, the Waves are 215-99 (.685) in games played at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves' all-time home record at Eddy D. Field Stadium, dating back to the start of the 1973 season, currently stands at 738-281-12 (.722). Pepperdine concluded the 2006 season with a 23-11 home mark and is 10-1 in 2007.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Since 1997, Waves are 158-141 (.528) in games played on the road. Pepperdine completed the 2006 campaign with a 29-10 road record. The Waves have registered winning road records in seven of the last 10 seasons. Pepperdine is 1-2 on the road in 2007.
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