April 2, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - With the opening of the 2007 Major League Baseball season in full swing today, six former Pepperdine baseball players are on Opening Day rosters. Former 2001 All-Americans Dan Haren and Noah Lowry are two of five former Waves pitchers on big league rosters.
Joining Haren and Lowry, who play for the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants, respectively, are David Newhan (New York Mets), Will Ohman (Chicago Cubs), Matt Wise (Milwaukee) and Randy Wolf (Los Angeles Dodgers).
Wolf, a seven-year veteran who is beginning his first season with Dodgers after playing previously for the Philadelphia Phillies, played at Pepperdine from 1995-97 and earned All-American honors in 1997 after winning nine games and registering a 1.79 ERA.
Haren, who played for the Waves from 1999-2001, begins his third year with Oakland and will be the A's Opening Day starter when they play at Seattle tonight. He garnered All-American honors in 2001 after posting an 11-3 record and 2.22 ERA.
Lowry, who was a teammate of Haren's in 2000 and 2001, and earned All-American accolades in 2001, begins his fourth year as a member of the Giants' starting rotation. As a junior, Lowry went 14-2 with a 1.71 ERA.
Newhan, a seven-year major league veteran, begins his first season as an outfielder with the New York Mets after playing the previous three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. He played at Pepperdine during the 1994 and 1995 seasons and was named All-West Coast Conference (WCC) in 1995.
Ohman begins his sixth year in the major leagues after being an eighth-round draft pick by the Cubs in 1998. He was a member of the Pepperdine pitching staff during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
Wise, who played for the Waves during the 1994 and 1995 seasons before transferring to Cal State Fullerton, begins his seventh big league season and fourth with Milwaukee as a member of the Brewers' pitching staff.
Pepperdine has had a total of 30 former players reach the major leagues since 1968 when Gail Hopkins joined the Chicago White Sox.