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No. 8 Pepperdine Opens Weekend Series Versus Minnesota on Friday

March 15, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - THIS WEEK: Following a seven-game road trip, the nationally-ranked Pepperdine baseball team returns home later this week to open a three-game weekend series against Minnesota at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning Friday at 3 p.m.

The series continues with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday before concluding with an 11 a.m. start on Sunday.

The Waves, winners in 14 of their last 18 games, wrapped up their road trip on Tuesday when they suffered a 9-4 loss at No. 12 Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field. Pepperdine finished the road trip with a 4-3 mark.

The Waves opened their trip at the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, North Carolina on March 2. Pepperdine suffered a 5-4 setback to host East Carolina before coming back to post a 3-1 victory over Western Carolina (March 3) and register a 5-2 win against No. 24 North Carolina State (March 4) on Sunday. The Waves recorded a 13-12 victory at UC Santa Barbara (March 6) before splitting two games at Oklahoma State last weekend.

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. 8 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 11 by Baseball America and No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball. Minnesota is unranked.

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 opposing 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.

CAL STATE FULLERTON RECAP: Jake Vasquez bases loaded two-run single in the seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie and propelled No. 12 Cal State Fullerton to a 9-4 victory over No. 8 Pepperdine Tuesday night at Goodwin Field in Fullerton. The Titans batted around in the seventh inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six times to come back from a 4-3 deficit and snap a three-game losing streak. The loss marked just the second of the season for the Waves when leading after six innings. Pepperdine entered the game 13-1 when taking a lead into the seventh inning. Down by a run entering the bottom half of the seventh inning, left fielder Josh Fellhauer started Cal State Fullerton's comeback with a one-out single against Pepperdine reliever Adam Olbrychowski (4-1). Pinch-hitter Corey Jones then singled through the right side and Clark Hardman followed with an RBI single that tied the game 4-4. After a walk, Vazquez singled home a pair to give the Titans the lead at 6-4. Cal State Fullerton added three more runs on an infield out and a pair of singles. Pepperdine had built a 3-0 lead on the strength of three consecutive doubles in the second and a home run by junior shortstop Danny Worth in the third inning.

ABOUT MINNESOTA: Minnesota enters Friday's game with a 10-3 mark and has won three in a row after sweeping a pair of games at UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Golden Gophers are batting .295 as a team and have a collective ERA of 3.74. Minnesota has four players batting .300 or better and is led by senior left fielder Mike Mee, who comes into play with a .490 average. Junior Ethan Vogt, who will start Friday's opener, is 0-0 with a 0.90 ERA while making two starts and striking out six in 10.0 innings. Junior right hander Gary Perinar (0-1, 4.50) will start Saturday while junior right hander Dustin Bradender (1-1, 4.58) will take the ball in Sunday's series finale. Head coach John Anderson is in the midst of his 26th season at Minnesota and has compiled an overall record to date of 915-576-3 (.613).

SERIES VERSUS MINNESOTA: Friday's opener will mark the fifth meeting between Minnesota and Pepperdine and the series is tied 2-2. The two teams last met during the 2005 Dairy Queen Baseball Classic in Minneapolis and the Waves posted a 15-2 victory. The Golden Gophers will be making their second appearance at Eddy D. Field Stadium as they previously traveled to Malibu during the 1989 season and registered a 9-8 win. The two programs have met twice in post-season play with each team recording a win. Pepperdine defeated Minnesota, 4-1, in the 1993 NCAA West Regional in Tempe, Arizona. The Golden Gophers evened the score with a 7-5 victory at the 2004 Long Beach Regional.

FRIDAY'S STARTER: Junior right hander Barry Enright will make his seventh appearance and start of the season on Friday. The junior All-American is 4-1 with a 1.64 ERA. In 44.0 innings, Enright has allowed 35 hits, 11 runs (eight earned), walked four and struck out 26. Enright's last start came on Friday at No. 16 Oklahoma State and he received a no-decision after pitching seven innings, allowing eight hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out a career-high tying eight batters. Enright struck out eight batters against San Francisco on April 8, 2006. 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 is tied with Britt Craven (1988-90) and Randy Wolf (1995-97) for seventh place on the program's all-time starts list with 44. 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 eighth appearance and sixth start of the season on Saturday. He is currently 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA and one save. In 35.0 innings of work, he has allowed 23 hits, 13 runs (eight earned) walked 21 and struck out a team-high 32 batters. Hunter earned a victory on Saturday at No. 16 Oklahoma State after pitching a career-high tying 7.0 innings, surrendering four hits, two runs, walking four and striking out four. As a starter, Hunter is 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA while working 24.0 innings and limiting opposing batters to a .165 average. The Waves are 5-0 in Enright's five starts. 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 eighth appearance and start of the season on Sunday. He is currently 1-1 with a 4.71 ERA. Dickmann has allowed 34 hits, 16 runs (15 earned), walked 14 and struck out 25 in 28.2 innings. He last pitched on Tuesday and received a no-decision after pitching 4.0 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, walking one and striking out five. He picked up his first career win against Fresno State on February 25 after pitching 5.1 innings. Dickmann was 0-0 with a 10.38 ERA while making six relief appearances in 2006.

WORTH 8TH ON DOUBLES LIST: Junior shortstop Danny Worth has 48 career doubles rank eighth on Pepperdine's all-time doubles list. He is three doubles shy of tying David Uribes (2003-06), who is seventh with 51. Worth currently leads the Waves with eight 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 147 consecutive games and made 145 consecutive starts dating back to February 12, 2005 when he made his first career start against Cal Poly. His 147 games played are second on the Waves to senior left fielder Luke Salas, who has appeared in 199 games and started 181.

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 six starts this season to bring his career total to 44 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 200-100 MAN: Senior left fielder Luke Salas reached the 200 hit plateau against UC Davis earlier this season. He enters Friday's game against Minnesota with a .308 career average. Salas is 21 hits shy of tying for 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time career hits list. The Westlake Village resident also has 102 career RBI.

ORTIZ FIFTH ON ALL-TIME TRIPLES LIST: With four triples this season, junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz ranks fifth on the Waves' all-time career triples list. His 12 triples tie place him two behind Ralph Sheffiled (1982-83), who totaled 14 for his career.

IMPRESSIVE ARMS: The Pepperdine pitching staff has gotten off to an impressive start this season. The Waves enter Friday's game with a 3.40 ERA and is holding opponents to a .244 average. Through 21 games, Pepperdine hurlers have allowed three runs or less 13 times. Over its last 11 games, Waves pitching has a 3.80 ERA and is holding opponents to a .236 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 11 relief appearances, earned seven saves and has a 1-1 record and 2.31 ERA while throwing 11.2 innings. Dominguez now has nine career saves and is one shy of tying for 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time list.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Pepperdine is 5-3 against ranked opponents...The Waves are 10-1 at home while batting .346, posting a 1.73 ERA and holding the opposition to a .208 average...Pepperdine is batting .320 as a team and has a collective ERA of 3.40...Over their last 11 games, the Waves are batting .312 and have a 3.80 ERA...The starting weekend rotation of Barry Enright, Brett Hunter and Robert Dickmann has a combined record of 8-2, 2.44 ERA and is holding opposing batters to a .234 average while making 17 starts...On the season, Pepperdine pitching has allowed three runs or less in 13 of 21 games...After hitting just two home runs in its first 13 games, Pepperdine has hit eight in its last eight games and has 10 through 21 games...Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud has been Pepperdine's hottest hitter over the last 11 games while hitting safely in all of them...d'Arnaud is batting .476 (20-42) with 12 runs scored, five doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI while posting an .810 slugging percentage and .489 on-base percentage during his career-high streak...Junior shortstop Danny Worth has hit safely in six straight games while batting .400 (10-25) with seven runs scored, two doubles, a triple, two home runs and seven RBI(.429) and sophomore designated hitter Eric Thames (.333) are working on five-game hitting streaks.

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 1,767-1,228-22 (.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 870-458-11 (.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 128-82 (.609) 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 162-144 (.529) 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 3-5 on the road and 2-0 in neutral field games in 2007.

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