April 10, 2007
Malibu, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: Winners of a season-high seven straight games, the nationally-ranked Pepperdine baseball team returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Blair Field to take on Long Beach State.
The two teams will complete their halted game from February 6 in Malibu beginning at 5 p.m. which will precede the originally scheduled game that is slated for 6:30 p.m.
The Waves and 49ers were tied 7-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning before the game was halted due to darkness. Long Beach State rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to erase a 7-4 deficit and tie the ballgame.
Pepperdine ran its winning streak to seven after completing a three-game sweep of Loyola Marymount on Saturday to improve to 26-8 overall and 6-0 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play for the first time since 2005. The Waves' winning streak matches their longest of the 2006 season. They had an eight-game winning streak in 2005.
Long Beach State is 16-12 overall, including 1-2 in Big West Conference play. The 49ers have won three of their last four, including two of three from Oral Roberts over the weekend in which the two teams combined for 81 runs at usually pitchers-friendly Blair Field.
Following Tuesday's action Pepperdine will return to WCC play when it travels to the Bay Area for a three-game series at San Francisco. The two clubs will open the series with a 3 p.m. contest Friday at Benedetti Diamond before playing 1 p.m. contests on Saturday and Sunday.
There will be no Internet broadcasts in San Francisco, but all three games can be followed live via Gametracker at www.Pepperdinesports.com.
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. 7 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), No. 8 by ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 by Baseball America and No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball. The No. 7 ranking is Pepperdine's highest since the 1999 season when it was No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball after 33 games. Long Beach State is unranked.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT SERIES RECAP: The Waves have captured the first two games of the series by scores of 3-1 and 6-5 in 11 innings. Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz broke a scoreless tie with a single through a drawn-in infield and shortstop Danny Worth followed with an RBI double in the eighth inning to help lift Pepperdine to the victory. Junior Barry Enright allowed one run in eight-plus innings to earn the win, improving to 8-1 on the season and 31-4 for his career. Junior right hander Jason Dominguez recorded the final three outs to record his ninth save. Sophomore Eric Thames helped make it two straight over LMU with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th inning on Friday. Pepperdine rallied from a 5-1 deficit to record the win. Thames had two hits and three RBI while Ortiz and Worth extended their hitting streaks to eight and 18, respectively. Junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski, pitching in relief of starter Brett Hunter, kept the Waves in the game by pitching 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, two walks and striking out two. Olbrychowski, along with Jason Dominguez and Jordan Durrance combined to work 8.1 scoreless innings, surrendering four hits, walking four and striking out five while pitching through four errors. In Saturday's series finale, junior left-hander Robert Dickmann pitched a career-high 8.2 innings and Ortiz had a clutch two-run double to lead the Waves to victory. Dickmann, who induced four ground ball double plays in the game, was on the verge of his first career complete-game before an error prolonged the game.
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 LONG BEACH STATE: Long Beach State is 16-12 overall, including 1-2 in Big West Conference play. The 49ers have won three of their last four, including two of three from Oral Roberts over the weekend in which the two teams combined for 81 runs at usually pitchers-friendly Blair Field. Long Beach State comes into Tuesday's action batting .269 as a team and has a collective ERA of 3.37. The 49ers have five regulars batting .300 or better and are led by junior first baseman Brandon Godfrey, who is batting .337. Sophomore right hander Bryan Shaw (3-2, 2.21, 5 SV) is expected to start of the ninth inning of the halted game while freshman left-hander Adam Wilk (1-0, 3.46) is Long Beach State's probable starter for the regularly-scheduled game. Head coach Mike Weathers, who was recently named to coach Team USA this summer, is in the midst of his sixth season leading the 49ers and has compiled an overall record to date of 202-123 (.621).
SERIES VERSUS LONG BEACH STATE: Tuesday's contest will mark the 112th meeting between Long Beach State and Pepperdine since 1954 and the Waves lead the series, 57-52-1. The two clubs met twice is 2006 and Pepperdine swept the season series, winning by scores of 3-2 and 5-1. The Waves have won four in a row dating back to 2005. The 49ers' last win in the series came in the first meeting of 2005 when they defeated Pepperdine 4-3 at Blair Field.
FEB. 6 RECAP: Sophomore Eric Thames' three-run double that capped a five-run fourth inning and staked Pepperdine to a 7-0 lead over No. 30 Long Beach State. However, that lead would not hold up as the 49ers took advantage of eight walks and tied the game on a three-run home run by Danny Espinosa in the eighth inning. Before the teams could complete the ninth inning, it was halted due to darkness. Things began well for Pepperdine as it took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, rallying for a pair of runs with two outs. Freshman designated hitter Mark Tracy singled to center and senior left fielder Luke Salas walked ahead of a two-run double to left-centerfield by sophomore second baseman Denny Duron. The Waves appeared to have broken the game open in the fourth inning as they sent nine batters to the plate and scored five times to take a 7-0 lead. A leadoff walk to open the inning started the rally that was highlighted by a run-scoring single by junior shortstop Danny Worth and Thames' bases-clearing double. However, walks would come back to haunt the Waves as Long Beach State (2-1-1) took advantage of three free passes to begin the fifth inning and scored four times to cut the deficit to 7-4. That would be all the scoring until the eighth inning when Espinosa hit a 3-2 pitch from freshman left-hander Jonathan Harmston over the left-centerfield fence for a game-tying three-run home run.
TUESDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter is expected to pitch the halted game after coming entering the game in the eighth inning. Hunter's line thus far in the game is 1.2 innings pitched, one hit, one walk and three strikeouts. Junior Adam Olbrychowski (5-1, 2.60) is a likely candidate to start the regularly-scheduled game. He last pitched on Friday against Loyola Marymount and was outstanding in relief. Olbrychowski logged 5.1 innings, surrendered one hit and two walks while striking out two to keep Pepperdine in the game and allowing them to rally from a 5-1 deficit.
FRIDAY'S STARTER: Junior right hander Barry Enright made his 10th appearance and start of the season against LMU on Thursday and earned the win after pitching eight-plus innings, allowing a season-high 11 hits, walking one and striking out four. The junior All-American is 8-1 with a 1.56 ERA. In a team-leading 75.0 innings, Enright has allowed 65 hits, 17 runs (13 earned), walked eight and struck out 49. Enright has worked 7.0 innings or more nine of his 10 starts. Enright began the 2007 season as a preseason All-American and 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 SAN FRANCISCO: Friday's game will mark Barry Enright's fifth career appearance against San Francisco and he is 2-0 with a 4.81 ERA. In four previous starts, Enright has logged 24.1 innings, allowed 35 hits, 13 runs, walked one and struck out 19. He made two starts against the Dons last season and was 0-0 with a 5.54 ERA in 13.0 innings.
ENRIGHT VERSUS THE WCC: Barry Enright has a 15-0 career record and 2.98 ERA against the West Coast Conference. In 19 starts, Enright has logged 124.0 innings, allowed 146 hits, 41 earned runs, walked 22 and struck out 70. He went 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA in seven starts a year ago.
SATURDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter made his 12th appearance and ninth start of the season against LMU on Friday. He went 2.2 innings, allowed six hits, five runs, walked three and did not strike out a batter. He is currently 5-2 with a 3.44 ERA and two saves. In 55.0 innings of work, he has allowed 41 hits, 26 runs (21 earned) walked 30 and struck out a team-high 50 batters. He is three strikeouts shy of equaling his career-high of 53 set last season. Hunter turned in a career performance against Saint Mary's (3-31) when he logged a career-high 8.0 innings, allowed four hits, a run, walked two and struck out a career-high nine batters to earn the victory. As a starter, Hunter is 5-1 with a 3.18 ERA while working 51.0 innings and limiting opposing batters to a .200 average. The Waves are 8-1 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 SAN FRANCISCO: Brett Hunter has three career appearances against San Francisco and is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA. In 6.0 innings of work, he has allowed six hits, two runs (one earned) and struck out five. Hunter's lone win against the Dons came after pitching 2.0 innings of relief in Game 2 of the two team's regular-season series a year ago at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
HUNTER VERSUS WCC: Brett Hunter is 3-0 with a 4.78 ERA. He has appeared in 10 games, making three starts, and has pitched 26.1 innings, allowed 27 hits, 14 runs, eight walks and struck out 17.
SUNDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, a transfer from UCLA, will make his 12th appearance and start of the season on Sunday. He is currently 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA. Dickmann has allowed 59 hits, 24 runs (22 earned), walked 22 and struck out 33 in 56.1 innings. He last pitched on Saturday against Loyola Marymount and earned the win after pitching a career-high 8.2 innings, scattering eight hits, surrendering two runs, walking three and striking out two. Over his last six starts, Dickmann is 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA while working 37.1 innings. 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 55 career doubles to rank fourth all-time in Pepperdine history. He is two shy of tying Rick Hirtensteiner (1986-89) and Chad Tracy (2004-06) for second place. Worth currently leads the Waves with 15 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 160 consecutive games and made 158 consecutive starts dating back to February 12, 2005 when he made his first career start against Cal Poly. His 160 games played are second on the Waves to senior left fielder Luke Salas, who has appeared in 212 games and started 194. Salas is five games played shy of moving into a tie for 10th place on the program's games played list and is 10th all-time with 747 at-bats.
ENRIGHT TIED FOR THIRD ON CAREER WINS LIST: Junior Barry Enright holds a 31-4 career record and is two 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 Loyola Marymount's Darryl Scott (1987-90) for sixth place on the WCC career wins list. His .886 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 10 starts this season to bring his career total to 48 and tie him with Dan Haren (1999-01) for fourth 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, WORTH 200-100 MEN: Senior left fielder Luke Salas reached the 200 hit plateau against UC Davis earlier this season. He enters today's game against Loyola Marymount with a .315 career average. Salas, who has 235 career hits, is two shy of tying for 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time career hits list. The Westlake Village resident also has 109 career RBI. Junior shortstop Danny Worth has also joined the 200-100 club as he has totaled 207 career hits and 101 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 today's game with a WCC-leading 3.05 ERA and is holding opponents to a .241 average. Through 34 games, Pepperdine hurlers have allowed three runs or less 22 times.
THE BIG THREE: The weekend starting rotation of Barry Enright, Brett Hunter and Robert Dickmann have a combined record of 17-3 and 2.58 ERA while making 29 starts. The trio has logged 181.1 innings, walked 59, struck out 125 and limited opposing batters to a .239 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 17 relief appearances, earned nine saves and has a 1-1 record and 2.25 ERA while throwing 20.0 innings. After picking up a save against Thursday against Loyola Marymount, the junior right hander has 11 saves to tie Steve Scanlon (1986-87) for ninth place on Pepperdine's career saves list. His nine saves this season lead the WCC.
SETTING THE TABLE: Juniors Adrian Ortiz and Danny Worth have been the igniters at the top of the Pepperdine batting order. The duo has combined to post a .406 average (117-288) with 69 runs scored, 29 extra base hits and 47 RBI...Over their last 20 games, Ortiz and Worth are batting .412 (73-177) with 35 runs scored, 19 extra base hits and 33 RBI. They also rank in the Top 5 in the WCC in average and hits, with Ortiz topping the conference in both categories.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: The Waves are 6-3 against ranked opponents...Pepperdine is batting .328 as a team and has a collective ERA of 3.05...Both marks lead the WCC...The Waves' .328 average would tie the program's single-season record of .328 set in 1987...Pepperdine is averaging 11.29 hits and 6.5 runs a game...Pepperdine has been a dominant team at home, registering a 19-3 record, batting .339 and posting a 2.25 ERA...Meanwhile, the Waves are 7-5 on the road, batting .310 and possessing a 4.57 ERA...Pepperdine starting pitching has compiled an 19-4 record and 2.88 ERA while logging 200.0 innings...The Waves' bullpen has posted a 7-4 mark and 3.37 ERA...Junior shortstop Danny Worth had his career-high 18-game hitting streak snapped against Loyola Marymount on Saturday...He batted .397 (31-78) with 15 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs and 19 RBI during the streak...It marked the longest hitting streak by a Waves player since Ty Harper hit in 18 straight games during the 2002 campaign...Junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz has been one of the hottest hitters in the county of late, batting .550 (22-40) with 10 runs scored during a nine-game hitting streak in which he has recorded multiple hits eight of ninecontest...He has hit safely in 31 of 34 games this season...Freshman left-hander Jordan Durrance has allowed just one run in 14 relief outings covering 10.1 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 169-67 (.719) over the last nine-plus seasons, an average of 18.7 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 134-101-1 (.568) 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.
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 1,777-1,230-22 (.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 880-460-11 (.655), including a 471-159-2 (.747) 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 138-84 (.622) 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 Eddy D. Field Stadium opened in 1973, Pepperdine has been a tough team to beat at home, compiling an overall record to date of 747-283-12 (.723) 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 19-3 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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