April 12, 2007
Malibu, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine baseball team will look to remain undefeated in West Coast Conference (WCC) play when it travels to the Bay Area to open a three-game weekend series against San Francisco at Benedetti Diamond beginning Friday at 3 p.m.
The series will continue with 1 p.m. contests on Saturday and Sunday.
Benedetti Diamond is the site of last season's WCC Championship Series where the Waves took two of three from the Dons to claim the conference championship and earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.
Pepperdine had its season-high seven-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday, falling 6-5 at Long Beach State after the 49ers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth. The loss dropped the Waves to 26-10 on the season.
Pepperdine enters Friday's game with a 6-0 WCC record, marking its best start to begin conference since opening 7-0 in 2005. The Waves have won 11 straight regular-season WCC games dating back to last year. Pepperdine opened conference action at home two weeks ago and swept a three-game series from Saint Mary's before taking three straight from Loyola Marymount last weekend at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
San Francisco enters Friday's game with an 18-17 overall mark, including a 2-4 record in WCC play. The Dons are coming off an 8-1 non-conference victory Sacramento State on Tuesday after losing two of three from rival Santa Clara last weekend.
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. San Francisco is unranked.
Following this weekend's series, Pepperdine will return to Southern California and take on UCLA for the first time this season when the two teams meet at Jackie Robinson Stadium Tuesday at 6 p.m.
LONG BEACH STATE RECAP: Long Beach State took advantage of two errors in the ninth inning to rally from a 5-4 deficit to register a 6-5 victory over No. 7 Pepperdine Tuesday night at Blair Field in Long Beach. The Waves had rallied to take the lead in the eighth inning on an RBI double by junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz. However, the 49ers took advantage of Pepperdine miscues to score twice against Waves' closer Jason Dominguez (1-3) to post the win and snap Pepperdine's season-high seven-game winning streak. The Waves left 11 runners on base, including seven in scoring position, and had a run in with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, but were unable to add to their lead against Long Beach State reliever Andrew Liebel. After Daniel Farris pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, including a perfect eighth inning, Long Beach State rallied against Dominguez. TJ Mittelstaedt opened the frame and hit a ball up the middle that tipped off the glove of Dominguez for an infield single. Matt Cline followed and put down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Waves catcher Travis Tartamella, who attempted to force out Mittelstaedt at second, but his throw short-hopped Danny Worth who was unable to hold onto the ball, resulting in an error. With runners at first and second, Shane Peterson pulled a double down the right field line that scored Mittlestaedt and put the winning run at third base with no outs. Dominguez intentionally walked Jason Corder to load the bases. After Brandon Godfrey popped up to third base, Taylor Krick followed with a hard-hit ground ball near that bag at third base that Chase d'Arnaud could not field cleanly, allowing the winning run to score.
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 SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco enters Friday's game with an 18-17 overall mark, including a 2-4 record in WCC play. The Dons are coming off an 8-1 non-conference victory Sacramento State on Tuesday after losing two of three from rival Santa Clara last weekend. San Francisco is batting .286 as a team and has a collective ERA of 3.83. The Dons have six players batting .300 or better and are led by sophomore outfielder Zach Kim, who is batting .372. USF's mound corp is led by junior left-hander Aaron Poreda, who has a 5-3 record and 3.08 ERA while logging a team-high 67.1 innings over nine starts. Head coach Nino Giarratano is the midst of his 10th season at San Francisco and has compiled an overall record to date of 240-252 (.489).
SERIES VERSUS SAN FRANCISCO: Pepperdine and San Francisco will meet for the 136th time on Friday and the Waves lead the all-time series, 100-35. The two clubs split six meetings a year ago with the Dons taking two of three in Malibu during the regular season before Pepperdine captured the final two games of the WCC Championship Series at Benedetti Diamond to claim the conference title. After falling 7-6 in the opener, the Waves came back to post 11-0 and 8-5 victories.
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.
WINNING SERIES: Pepperdine has been impressive in series this season, registering a 7-1 record in three-game series, including four sweeps. The Waves also split a two-game series at No. 16 Oklahoma State in March. Pepperdine `s only series loss was its season-opening three-game set at UNLV.
PEPPERDINE AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Pepperdine entered the week with a .328 average to rank 16th nationally and was 11th with a 3.05 ERA. The Waves, who have turned 21 doubles, were second in the country with 1.32 per game and ranked 16th with a .975 fielding percentage.
WAVES AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Junior All-American Barry Enright entered the week tied for second in the country with eight wins, trailing East Tennessee State's Caleb Glafenhein, who is 11-2. Enright's 1.56 ERA ranks 12th nationally. Junior right handed closer Jason Dominguez began the week tied for fifth with nine saves, while junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz was No. 18th with a .438 average.
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 162 consecutive games and made 160 consecutive starts dating back to February 12, 2005 when he made his first career start against Cal Poly. His 162 games played are second on the Waves to senior left fielder Luke Salas, who has appeared in 214 games and started 196. Salas is three games played shy of moving into a tie for 10th place on the program's games played list and is ninth all-time with 753 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 Friday's game at San Francisco with a .315 career average. Salas, who has 237 career hits, is tied with Woody Cliffords (1999-2001) for 10th place on Pepperdine's all-time career hits list. The Westlake Village resident also has 110 career RBI. Junior shortstop Danny Worth has also joined the 200-100 club as he has totaled 209 career hits and 102 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 3.28 ERA and is holding opponents to a .245 average. Through 36 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 19 relief appearances, earned nine saves and has a 1-2 record and 2.66 ERA while throwing 20.1 innings and limiting opposing batters to a .240 average. The junior right hander has 11 career saves to tie Steve Scanlon (1986-87) for ninth place on Pepperdine's all-time 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 .399 average (122-306) with 73 runs scored, 30 extra base hits and 49 RBI...Over their last 15 games, Ortiz and Worth are batting .425 (57-134) with 27 runs scored, 15 extra base hits and 26 RBI. They also rank in the Top 10 in the WCC in average and hits, with Ortiz topping the conference in both categories.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: The Waves are 6-4 against ranked opponents...After beginning the season 1-3, Pepperdine is 25-7 over its last 32 games...Pepperdine is batting .322 as a team and has a collective ERA of 3.28...Both marks lead the WCC...Pepperdine is averaging 11.14 hits and 6.47 runs a game...Pepperdine has been a dominant team at home, registering a 19-4 record, batting .331 and posting a 2.56 ERA...Meanwhile, the Waves are 7-6 on the road, batting .308 and possessing a 4.63 ERA...Pepperdine starting pitching has compiled an 19-4 record and 3.01 ERA while logging 206.0 innings...The Waves' bullpen has posted a 7-6 mark and 3.73 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 .545 (24-44) with 11 runs scored during a 10-game hitting streak in which he has recorded multiple hits nine of 10...He has hit safely in 33 of 36 games this season...Freshman right hander Daniel Farris has been strong coming out of the bullpen, logging 20.0 innings, registering one save and allowing just three of 18 inherited runners to score while posting a 2-0 record.
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 1,777-1,232-22 (.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 138-86 (.616) 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 747-284-12 (.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 19-4 in 2007.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Since 1997, Waves are 164-145 (.531) 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 5-6 in "true" road and 2-0 in neutral field games in 2007.
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