April 4, 2007
Malibu, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: Winners of four straight, the nationally-ranked Pepperdine baseball team, will renew acquaintances with longtime West Coast Conference (WCC) rival Loyola Marymount this week when the two teams open a three-game series at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning Thursday at 3 p.m.
The Series continues with a 3 p.m. contest on Friday before concluding with a 1 p.m. start on Saturday. The series finale will be televised live by CSTV with Tom Hart and Kevin Stocker describing the action.
The Waves are 23-8 on the season, including 3-0 in WCC play after sweeping Saint Mary's last weekend in Malibu. Pepperdine is off to its best start since the 1999 club opened the year 28-3 through 31 games and third-best since 1991 when the Waves began that season 25-5-1.
In sweeping Saint Mary's last weekend, Pepperdine won by scores of 7-3, 3-1 and 11-6 behind solid starting pitching from Barry Enright, Brett Hunter and Robert Dickmann. The offense was sparked by junior leadoff man Adrian Ortiz, who batted .615 (8-for-13) during the three games and hit a game-winning two-run home run in Game 2 of the series.
The Waves will be looking to begin WCC play 4-0 for the first time since 2005 when they opened conference action with seven straight victories after sweeping a two-game series at Santa Clara, capturing a three-game series against Portland and winning the first two games of a three-game set at San Francisco.
Loyola Marymount enters play this week with a 13-19-1 record and is 2-1 in the WCC after taking two of three from San Francisco last weekend at George Page Stadium.
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. 9 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), No. 10 by ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 by Baseball America and No. 18 by Collegiate Baseball. Loyola Marymount is unranked.
SAINT MARY'S RECAP: Pepperdine opened WCC play by sweeping a three-game series from Saint Mary's at Eddy D. Field Stadium over the weekend. The Waves won by scores of 7-3, 3-1 and 11-6. Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and junior All-American Barry Enright pitched eight innings to record his 30th career victory on his 21st birthday as Pepperdine defeated Saint Mary's, 7-3, Friday afternoon. Ortiz and junior shortstop Danny Worth ignited the Waves offense from the top of the order as they went 7-for-10 with three runs scored and two RBI, producing more than enough runs for Enright. Sophomore All-American Brett Hunter established career-highs for innings pitched and strikeouts, and Ortiz hit a two-run tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning to Pepperdine to a 3-1 win on Saturday. Hunter (5-2) logged eight innings, allowed four hits, one run, walked two and struck out nine. Senior left fielder Luke Salas went 4-for-4 and had three RBI to lead a season-high tying 18-hit attack and sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann allowed one run over seven innings as Pepperdine completed the three-game sweep. The Waves virtually put the game away in the first inning as they sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring six runs on seven consecutive hits with two outs. Sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud started the hit parade with a single to left field and freshman catcher Travis Tartamella capped the inning with a two-run single to left . The Waves had six players register multiple-hit games as every starter had at least one hit, including junior right fielder Donald Brown, who collected three hits, and junior shortstop Danny Worth, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games, tying d'Arnaud for the longest hitting streak this season.
ORTIZ RECEIVES WEEKLY HONORS: Pepperdine junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz, who leads the Waves in hitting, was named to the College Baseball Foundation's Honor Roll and tabbed the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Player of the Week after leading the Waves 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.
ORTIZ NAMED WCC PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Adrian Ortiz was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Player of the Month for March after batting .447 (34-for-76) with 16 runs scored, two doubles, a triple, home run and 11 RBI while slugging .539, recording a .456 on-base percentage and stealing six bases in seven attempts. Ortiz, totaled 11 multiple-hit games and hit safely in 14 of 16 contests. He ended the month hitting safely in five straight games while batting .640 (16-for-25) with six runs scored, two doubles, a home run and six RBI. Ortiz capped the month by a hitting a game-winning two-run home run in the seventh inning that gave Pepperdine a 3-1 victory over Saint Mary's in the Waves WCC-opening series. He opened the series by going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
ABOUT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Loyola Marymount enters this week's series 13-19-1 and 2-1 in WCC play. The Lions opened conference play by taking two of three from San Francisco last weekend. LMU is batting .281 as a team and has a collective ERA of 5.51. The Lions have three players batting .300 or better and are led by junior infielder Eric Farris, who is batting .370 and tops the club with 22 RBI. Junior right hander Brad Meyers leads the pitching staff, posting a 2-3 record and 3.55 ERA while striking out 52 in 66.0 innings. Head coach Frank Cruz is in the midst of his 11th season at LMU and has compiled an overall record to date of 297-310-2 (.489).
SERIES VERSUS LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Thursday's game will mark the 162nd meeting between Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount and the Waves lead the all-time series, 107-54. The Lions captured two of three meetings at Page Stadium a year ago and the two teams have split their last 14 meetings dating back to 2005. The two rivals have met in the WCC Championship Series four teams, with each team posting two series wins as all four were played at Loyola Marymount. Pepperdine captured the last two championship series, winning in 2004 and 2005.
THURSDAY'S STARTER: Junior right hander Barry Enright will make his 10th appearance and start of the season against Loyola Marymount on Thursday. The junior All-American is 7-1 with a 1.61 ERA. In a team-leading 67.0 innings, Enright has allowed 54 hits, 16 runs (12 earned), walked seven and struck out 45. Enright's last start came on Friday against Saint Mary's and he earned the victory after pitching 8.0 innings, allowing a season-high nine hits, three runs, walking one and striking out seven. Enright has worked 7.0 innings or more eight of his nine starts. 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.
ENRIGHT VERSUS LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Thursday's start will mark Barry Enright's fourth appearance against LMU and he is 0-0 with a 6.60 ERA. In three previous starts, Enright has logged 15.0 innings, surrendered 22 hits, 15 runs (11 earned), walked three and struck out 10. In his only appearance against the Lions last season, Enright received a no-decision after pitching 6.2 innings, allowing 10 hits, six runs, three earned, one walk and striking out five.
ENRIGHT VERSUS THE WCC: Barry Enright enters Thursday's start with a 14-0 career record and 3.10 ERA against the West Coast Conference. In 18 starts, Enright has logged 116.0 innings, allowed 135 hits, 40 earned runs, walked 21 and struck out 66. He went 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA in seven starts a year ago.
FRIDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter will make his 12th appearance and ninth start of the season on Friday. He is currently 5-2 with a 2.75 ERA and two saves. In 52.1 innings of work, he has allowed 35 hits, 21 runs (16 earned) walked 27 and struck out a team-high 50 batters. He is three strikeouts shy of equaling his career-high of 53 set last season. Hunter last pitched on Saturday against Saint Mary's and turned in a career performance as he worked a career-high 8.0 innings, four hits, one run, walked two and struck out a career-high nine batters to earn the victory. As a starter, Hunter is 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA while working 47.1 innings and limiting opposing batters to a .171 average. The Waves are 7-1 in Hunter's eight 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.
HUNTER VERSUS LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Friday's start will mark Brett Hunter's second appearance against LMU. His previous appearance against the Lions came in starting role and received a no-decision after pitching five innings, allowing eight hits, six runs, one walk and struck out one.
HUNTER VERSUS WCC: Brett Hunter brings a 3-0 record and 3.42 ERA against WCC opponents into Friday's game. He has appeared in nine games, making two starts, and has pitched 23.2 innings, allowed 21 hits, nine runs, five walks and struck out 17.
SATURDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, a transfer from UCLA, will make his 11th appearance and start of the season on Saturday. He is currently 3-1 with a 3.78 ERA. Dickmann has allowed 51 hits, 22 runs (20 earned), walked 19 and struck out 31 in 47.2 innings. He last pitched on Sunday against Saint Mary's and logged a career-high tying 7.0 innings, surrendered five hits, one run, walked four and struck out four to earn the win. Over his last five starts, Dickmann is 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA while working 28.0 innings and limiting opposing hitters to a .252 average. 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 TIED FOR 4TH ON DOUBLES LIST: Junior shortstop Danny Worth has 54 career doubles to Jared Pitney (1998-01), Dane Sardinha (1998-00) and Danny Garcia (1999-01) for fourth place on Pepperdine's all-time doubles list. He is three shy of tying Rick Hirtensteiner (1986-89) and Chad Tracy (2004-06) for second place. Worth currently leads the Waves with 14 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 157 consecutive games and made 155 consecutive starts dating back to February 12, 2005 when he made his first career start against Cal Poly. His 157 games played are second on the Waves to senior left fielder Luke Salas, who has appeared in 209 games and started 191. Salas is eight games played shy of moving into a tie for 10th place on the program's games played list and is four at-bats away tying for 10th place in career at-bats.
ENRIGHT TIED FOR THIRD ON CAREER WINS LIST: Junior Barry Enright holds a 30-4 career record and is three wins shy of tying Mike Fetters (1984-86) for second place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list. His victory total also ties him with former Santa Clara pitchers Wes Bliven (1985-88) and Rick Foley (1975-78) for seventh place on the WCC career wins list. His .882 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 nine starts this season to bring his career total to 47 and tie him with Jason LeBlanc (1993-96) for fifth on Pepperdine's all-time starts list.
HUNTER TIED FOR FIFTH IN CAREER SAVES: In less than two seasons, sophomore Brett Hunter already has cracked Pepperdine's Top 10 in career saves. Hunter posted 11 saves as a freshman last season and with two saves this year is tied with Steve Montgomery (1990-92) for fifth place with 13. He is three saves of tying for third all-time.
SALAS 200-100 MAN: Senior left fielder Luke Salas reached the 200 hit plateau against UC Davis earlier this season. He enters Thursday's game against Loyola Marymount with a .315 career average. Salas, who has 233 career hits, is four shy of tying for 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time career hits list. The Westlake Village resident also has 108 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 Sheffield (1982-83), who totaled 14 for his career.
IMPRESSIVE ARMS: The Pepperdine pitching staff has been impressive so far this season. The Waves enter Thursday's game with a WCC-leading 3.11 ERA and is holding opponents to a .237 average. Through 31 games, Pepperdine hurlers have allowed three runs or less 20 times.
JUST FOR STARTERS: Over the last 10 games, Pepperdine has received outstanding starting pitching. Barry Enright, Brett Hunter, Robert Dickmann and Adam Olbrychowski have worked a combined 65.2 innings and registered an 8-1 record, 2.35 ERA and limited opposing batters to a .171 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 15 relief appearances, earned seven saves and has a 1-1 record and 2.76 ERA while throwing 16.1 innings. After picking up a save against Saint Mary's on Saturday, junior right hander Jason Dominguez moved into a tie with Kea Kometani (2002-05) for 10th place on Pepperdine's career saves list. He has eight saves this season to lead the WCC.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: The Waves are 6-3 against ranked opponents...Pepperdine is batting .331 as a team and has a collective ERA of 3.11...Both marks lead the WCC...The Waves' .331 average would break the program's single-season record of .328 set in 1987...Pepperdine is averaging 11.55 hits and 6.7 runs a game...Pepperdine has been a dominant team at home, registering a 16-3 record, batting .348 and posting a 2.21 ERA...Pepperdine starting pitching has compiled a 17-4 record and 2.80 ERA while logging 180.2 innings...The Waves' bullpen has posted a 6-4 mark and 3.73 ERA...Junior shortstop Danny Worth has a career-high 16-game hitting streak, batting .386 (27-70) with 15 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and 18 RBI...Freshman left-hander Jordan Durrance has allowed just one run in 13 relief outings covering 10.0 innings.
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 167-67 (.714) over the last nine-plus seasons, an average of 18.5 wins per season, captured seven divisional crowns, four 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 132-101-1 (.566) record, claiming two divisional titles and winning two WCC Championship Series.
SIX WAVES ON 2007 MLB OPENING DAY ROSTERS: With the opening of the 2007 Major League Baseball season this week, 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). Pepperdine has had a total of 30 former players reach the major leagues since 1968 when Gail Hopkins joined the Chicago White Sox.
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 744-283-12 (.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 16-3 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 1,775-1,230-22 (.590). 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 878-460-11 (.662), including a 469-159-2 (.746) 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 136-84 (.618) 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 Wavescompiled 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 221-101 (.686) 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 744-283-12 (.722). Pepperdine concluded the 2006 season with a 23-11 home mark and is 16-3 in 2007.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Since 1997, Waves are 164-144 (.532) 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 5-5 in "true" road and 2-0 in neutral field games in 2007.
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