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Pepperdine's Adrian Ortiz Named WCC Player of the Week

April 2, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz, who leads the Waves in hitting, was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Ortiz sparked Pepperdine to a 4-0 mark against UC Santa Barbara and WCC rival Saint Mary's last week.

Ortiz batted .611 (11-for-18) with five runs scored, a double, home run and five RBI, while slugging .833 and registering a .611 on-base percentage. The Waves' outfielder had multiple-hits in all four games, running his streak of multiple-hit contests to six.

Ortiz had three hits against UC Santa Barbara and opened the Saint Mary's series with a career-high tying four hits. During three games against the Gaels, Ortiz batted .615 (8-for-13) with three runs, a double and three RBI while slugging .823 and recording a .615 on-base percentage. One day after collecting four hits, Ortiz hit a game-winning two-run home run against Saint Mary's on Saturday to lift the Waves to a 3-1 victory.

He becomes the third Pepperdine player to receive the weekly honor this season, joining junior shortstop Danny Worth (February 19) and sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud (March 5).

Ortiz, who received WCC Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career, tops Pepperdine with a .430 average, 36 runs, 58 hits, 10 stolen bases, .458 on-base percentage, 20 multiple-hit games and is tied for the team-lead with four triples.

The Waves, ranked No. 11 by Baseball America, are 23-8 overall and 3-0 in WCC after sweeping Saint Mary's over the weekend. Pepperdine continues conference play this week when it hosts Loyola Marymount in a three-game series beginning Thursday at Eddy D. Field Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.