March 5, 2007
Malibu, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine baseball team continues its season-long nine-game road trip this week when it faces UC Santa Barbara in a midweek game before traveling to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to take on Oklahoma State.
The Waves, winners in 12 of their last 14 games, will travel up the coast to take on UC Santa Barbara Tuesday at Caesar Uyseka Stadium beginning at 2 p.m. Pepperdine will then travel to the heartland to open a three-game series against nationally-ranked Oklahoma State at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium beginning Friday at 4:30 p.m. (PST).
The series continues with a noon (PDT) start on Saturday and concludes with an 11 a.m. (PDT) contest on Sunday.
The Waves opened their road trip last weekend and won two of three games at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina, to improve to 13-4 on the season. Pepperdine suffered a 5-4 loss to host East Carolina on Friday before coming back to post a 3-1 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday and registering a 5-2 win against No. 24 North Carolina State on Sunday.
Pepperdine will conclude its road trip next Tuesday, when it travels to Orange County to visit nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field beginning at 6 p.m.
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. 10 nationally by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, No. 12 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 13 by Baseball America. UC Santa Barbara is unranked while Oklahoma State is No. 16 by Baseball America.
MONTHLY HONORS: Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Player of the Month for February while junior right hander Barry Enright was tabbed Co-Pitcher of the Month. d'Arnaud started all 14 games and batted .415 (22-53) with 11 runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI. He capped the month by posting his first two-home run game of his career and droved in a career-high six runs. Enright, a preseason All-American, opened his junior campaign in impressive fashion, posting a 4-0 record and 0.59 ERA. In four starts, Enright worked 30.2 innings, allowed 20 hits, three runs (two earned), walked two, struck out 15 and limited oposing batters to a .190 average. He capped the month with a complete-game three-hit shutout against Fresno State on February 23. Enright closed the month with a 21.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak.
KEITH LECLAIR CLASSIC RECAP: Pepperdine went 2-1 in the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina over the weekend. The Waves dropped Friday's opener, 5-4, to host East Carolina before coming back to defeat Western Carolina (3-1) and No. 24 North Carolina State (5-2). In Friday's opener, Barry Enright suffered his first loss of the year after pitching a season-low 6.1 innings, allowing seven hits, five runs (four earned), walking two and striking out three. The Pirates broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the seventh inning. In Saturday's win over Western Carolina, junior right fielder Donald Brown broke a 1-1 tie with a lead-off home run in the eighth inning. Junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski allowed one hit and struck out four in 2.1 innings to earn the victory. Junior shortstop Danny Worth collected two hits, including a home run, and scored twice in the Waves' win over North Carolina State on Sunday. Pepperdine, once again, received outstanding pitching as Brett Hunter, Daniel Farris and Jason Dominguez combined on a four-hitter, struck out eight and allowed two unearned runs. Farris earned the victory after working 1.2 innings and Dominguez converted his fifth save in five opportunities.
ABOUT UC SANTA BARBARA: UC Santa Barbara enters Tuesday's game with a 4-7 record after defeating Kansas State, 8-6, on Sunday as it ended a four-game losing streak. The Gauchos are batting .250 as a team and have a collective ERA of 4.37. Senior infielder Robbie Blauer tops the club in hitting with a .435 average and leads the team with 11 RBI. Senior right hander Brian Tracy, who will start Tuesday's game, is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a save in four appearances. Head coach Bob Brontsema is in the midst of his 14th season at UC Santa Barbara and has compiled an overall record to date of 352-355 (.498).
SERIES VERSUS UC SANTA BARBARA: Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara will meet for the 90th time since 1954 on Tuesday and the Waves lead the all-time series, 49-37-3. This week's contest marks the first of four meetings between the two clubs. Pepperdine captured both meetings a year ago, defeating the Gauchos 8-1 in Malibu and recording a 10-5 victory in Santa Barbara.
TUESDAY'S STARTER: Junior right hander Robert Della Grotta will make his fourth appearance and second start of the season on Tuesday and is 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA. He has worked 4.2 innings, allowed five hits, four runs, walked five and struck out three. Della Grotta last pitched on Tuesday against UC Irvine and allowed one hit, two runs and walked two in 0.1 innings. His lone start of the season came on February 13 against USC when he tossed 2.1 innings, surrendered three hits, two runs and walked a batter.
FRIDAY'S STARTER: Junior right hander Barry Enright will make his sixth appearance and start of the season on Friday. The junior All-American is 4-1 with a 1.46 ERA. In 37.0 innings, Enright has allowed 27 hits, eight runs (six earned), walked four and struck out 18. Enright's last start came on Friday against East Carolina and he suffered his first loss of the year after allowing seven hits, five runs (four earned), walked two and struck out three in 6.1 innings. Enright enters Friday's game with a 27-4 and tied with Mike Scott (1974-76) for fifth place on Pepperdine's all-time career wins list. He also ranks ninth all-time with 43 career starts, one shy of tying Britt Craven (1988-90) and Randy Wolf (1995-97) for seventh place. 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.
SATURDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter will make his seventh appearance and fifth start of the season on Saturday. He is currently 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA and one save. In 28.0 innings of work, he has allowed 19 hits, 11 runs (six earned) walked 17 and struck out a team-high 28 batters. Hunter received a no-decision in his last outing Sunday against North Carolina State after throwing a logging 6.0 innings, surrendering four hits, two unearned runs, walking five and striking out five. As a starter, Hunter is 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA while working 24.0 innings and limiting opposing batters to a .165 average. 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.
SUNDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, a transfer from UCLA, will make his sixth appearance and start of the season on Sunday. He is 1-1 with a 4.38 ERA. He has allowed 28 hits, 13 runs (12 earned), walked 13 and struck out 20 in 24.2 innings. He last pitched on Saturday and received a no-decision after tossing 5.2 innings, surrendering five hits, an unearned run and striking out five. Dickmann picked up his first career win against Fresno State on February 25 after pitching 5.1 innings. He was 0-0 with a 10.38 ERA while making six relief appearances in 2006.
d'ARNAUD, OLBRYCHOWSKI RECEIVE WEEKLY RECOGNITION: Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud was named the WCC's Player of the Week while junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski was selected Co-Pitcher of the Week. d'Arnaud after batting .400 (6-for-15) with four runs, two doubles, a pair of home runs and seven RBI in four games. Olbrychowski registered two wins while making a start and pitching in relief He worked 7.1 innings, allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Olbrychowski pitched five innings in a starting role versus UC Irvine and notched a win versus Western Carolina after pitching 2.1 innings in relief.
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 143 consecutive games and made 141 consecutive starts dating back to February 12, 2005 when he made his first career start against Cal Poly. His 143 games played are second on the Waves to senior left fielder Luke Salas, who has appeared in 195 games and started 177.
ENRIGHT TIED FOR FIFTH ON CAREER WINS LIST: Junior Barry Enright holds a 27-4 career record and is one win shy of tying Doug Simons (1986-88) for fourth place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list. His .871 winning percentage ranks first in Waves history. Steve Duda (1990-93) is first in all-time career wins after registering a 44-9 record.
MORE ENRIGHT: Junior right hander Barry Enright has made five starts this season to bring his career total to 43 and move into ninth place in Pepperdine history. His next start will tie him with 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 Tuesday's game against UC Santa Barbara with a .306 career average. Salas is 27 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.
IMPRESSIVE ARMS: The Pepperdine pitching staff has gotten off to an impressive start this season. The Waves enter this weekend's play with a 2.39 ERA and is holding opponents to a .225 average. Through 17 games, Pepperdine hurlers have allowed three runs or less 12 times. Over its last 10 games, Waves pitching has a 1.52 ERA and is holding opponents to a .193 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 eight relief appearances, earned five saves and has a 1-0 record and 0.00 ERA.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Pepperdine's 13-4 start is its best since opening the 2001 campaign with the same mark...The Waves' best 20-game start came in 1999 when they began the year 19-1...The 2001 club was 16-4 after 20 games...Pepperdine is batting .327 as a team and has a collective ERA of 2.39...Over their last 10 games, the Waves are batting .323 and have an impressive 1.52 ERA...Waves hurlers currently have a streak of 19.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run...The streak dates back to the final out of the seventh inning against East Carolina on Friday...The starting weekend rotation of Barry Enright, Brett Hunter and Robert Dickmann has a combined record of 7-2, 2.22 ERA and is holding opposing batters to a .211 average while making 14 starts...On the season, Pepperdine pitching has allowed three runs or less in 12 of 17 games...After hitting just two home runs in its first 13 games, Pepperdine has hit four in its last four games and has six through 17 games...Pepperdine has nearly doubled the scoring output of its opponents. The Waves have scored 102 runs compared to 52 for the opposition...Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud has been the team's hottest hitter over the time, batting .421 (16-for-38) with eight runs, three doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI, a .658 slugging percentage and .405 on-base percentage...d'Arnaud has hit safely in his last seven games, batting .481 (13-for-27) with five extra base hits and 12 RBI.
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.
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 1,765-1,226-22 (.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 868-456-11 (.654), 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 126-80 (.612) 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 160-142 (.530) 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 1-3 on the road and 2-0 in neutral field games in 2007.
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