April 26, 2007
Malibu, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: The West Coast Conference's (WCC) top two teams will collide this weekend when nationally-ranked Pepperdine and San Diego square off in a three-game series at Cunningham Stadium in San Diego.
The series opens with a 3 p.m. contest on Friday and, after a day off on Saturday to accommodate Pepperdine seniors who are graduating, play resumes with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. The series concludes with a 3 p.m. contest on Monday that will be televised live nationally by CSTV with Tom Hart and Kevin Stocker describing the action.
Pepperdine enters the weekend with a 30-13 overall record, including a 10-2 mark in WCC play, while San Diego is 32-14 on the season and 10-2 in conference action. Both teams hold a one-game lead over Gonzaga (26-19, 9-3). The Bulldogs play at San Francisco this weekend.
The series features the WCC's top two hitting and pitching teams with the Waves sporting a team batting average of .315 and 3.23 ERA, while the Toreros are batting .310 and have a 3.43 ERA. Pepperdine also leads the conference with a .975 fielding percentage.
Also on display during the three games will be four of the top five batting leaders and the top four ERA leaders. Pepperdine junior Adrian Ortiz brings a WCC-leading .395 average into the series while Waves' junior All-American Barry Enright tops the conference with a 10-1 record and 1.58 ERA.
The six scheduled starters for the series have a combined record of 42-11 and 2.86 ERA. Pepperdine's Enright, Robert Dickmann and Brett Hunter have registered a 21-6 record and 2.84 ERA, while San Diego's Brian Matusz, Josh Romanski and Matt Couch are 21-5 with a 2.87 ERA.
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. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today's Coaches Poll, No. 13 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Baseball America, and No. 15 by Collegiate Baseball. San Diego's highest ranking in No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball.
WAVES POST ANOTHER 30-WIN SEASON: Pepperdine's victory over Santa Clara on Sunday marked the 30th of the season extended the Waves' streak of 30-wins seasons to 30, dating back to 1978. The streak includes 11 40-win campaigns and two seasons (1979, 195) of 50 or more wins. With 30 wins in the bank, Pepperdine also is seeking its third straight 40-win season, which would tie for the most in school history. Pepperdine registered three straight 40 win campaigns from 1991-93 while compiling a cumulative record of 100-45-2 (.687) and claiming the national title in 1992. Since 2005, the Waves have an overall record to date of 113-57 (.665).
SANTA CLARA RECAP: The Waves remained atop the WCC's standings after taking two of three from Santa Clara over the weekend at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Pepperdine captured the series opener, 10-3, before falling 4-3 on Saturday. The Waves bounced back to the series finale, 2-0. Pepperdine pitching was outstanding in the series as it recorded 1.67 ERA, limited the Broncos to a .210 batting average, struck out 19 and walked just two in 27 innings. Junior Barry Enright continued his climb up the Pepperdine and WCC record books by pitching 8.0 innings, scattering nine hits, allowing three runs and striking out five en route to victory on Saturday. Juniors Adrian Ortiz and Danny Worth led the offense with three hits apiece. Sophomore left-hander Matt Wickswat allowed two runs over seven innings and Santa Clara took advantage of an error to score two unearned runs to post a win on Saturday. The Waves rallied with a run in the ninth to make it a one-run game before leaving the tying run at second base. Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter pitched seven scoreless innings, combining with junior reliever Jason Dominguez on a two-hit shutout, and freshman Ryan Heroy clubbed a home run to lead Pepperdine to a win on Sunday.
HUNTER TABBED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Pepperdine sophomore Brett Hunter was tabbed the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Pitcher of the Week following his performance against Santa Clara on Sunday, the conference announced Monday. The Waves' right hander pitched seven shutout innings, allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven to pick up the win against the Broncos. After allowing a one-out double in the first inning, Hunter retired 20 of the next 23 batters he faced before hitting the leadoff batter in the eighth inning. The only batters to reach against him over the final 6-plus innings came by way of a passed ball following a strikeout, a leadoff single in the fifth and a one-out walk in the seventh prior to the hit batsman to begin the eighth.
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 DIEGO: San Diego is currently 32-14 overall, 10-2 in the WCC and tied with Pepperdine atop the WCC standings. The Toreros are ranked No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 17 Baseball America, No. 20 by the NCBWA and No. 21 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. San Diego is coming off a three-game sweep at Loyola Marymount over the weekend and has won nine of its last 11 games. The Toreros are batting .311 as a team and have a collective ERA of 3.43. San Diego has six players batting .300 or better and are led by junior Justin Snyder, who tops the club with a .363 average. The pitching staff is led by sophomore left-hander Josh Romanski (7-1, 2.33). Head coach Rich Hill is in the midst of his ninth season at San Diego and has compiled an overall record to date of 298-215 (.581).
SERIES VERSUS SAN DIEGO: Friday's series opener will mark the 154th meeting between Pepperdine and San Diego, and the Waves lead the all-time series, 104-49. Pepperdine captured the series last season, taking two of three at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Since 2003, the Waves hold an 8-7 advantage. The two programs have met twice in the WCC Championship with the Toreros winning both series in 2002 and 2003. Since 1999 when the WCC instituted divisional play and sponsored a championship series, Pepperdine and San Diego have been the conference's best teams. The Waves have registered a 173-69 (.715) mark while the Toreros have gone 140-101-1 (.580).
FRIDAY'S STARTER: Junior right hander Barry Enright will make his 13th appearance and start of the season at San Diego on Friday. The junior All-American is 10-1 with a 1.58 ERA. In a team-leading 91.0 innings, Enright has allowed 79 hits, 20 runs (16 earned), walked nine and struck out 61. Enright has worked 7.0 innings or more 11 of his 12 starts. His last outing came versus Santa Clara (4-20) and he earned a victory after pitching eight innings, allowing nine hits, three runs and striking out five. 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 DIEGO: Barry Enright will make his third career appearance and start against San Diego. He is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA. In 14.2 innings, Enright has allowed 18 hits, five runs (four earned), walked four and struck out five. His last outing against the Toreros was a year ago (April 22) and he worked 8.0 innings, surrendered eight hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out two in 4-2 Waves win.
ENRIGHT VERSUS THE WCC: Barry Enright has a 17-0 career record and 2.83 ERA against the West Coast Conference. In 21 starts, Enright has logged 140.0 innings, allowed 160 hits, 44 earned runs, walked 23 and struck out 82. He went 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA in seven starts a year ago and is 4-0 with a 1.97 ERA this season.
SUNDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, a transfer from UCLA, will make his 14th appearance and start of the season on Saturday. He is 5-2 with a 3.72 ERA. Dickmann has allowed 74 hits, 31 runs (27 earned), walked 22 and struck out 36 in 65.1 innings. He last pitched on Saturday against Santa Clara and suffered his first loss since Feb. 18 after pitching 4.0 innings, allowing eight hits, four runs (two earned) and striking out two. Dickmann had won five straight decisions before suffering a loss on Saturday. 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.
DICKMANN VERSUS WCC: Robert Dickmann is 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA in four WCC starts. He has worked 24.2 innings, allowed 28 hits, 10 runs (eight earned), walked seven and struck out nine.
MONDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter will make his 16th appearance and 12th start of the season against San Diego on Monday. He is currently 6-3 with a 3.67 ERA and two saves. In 68.2 innings of work, he has allowed 54 hits, 33 runs (28 earned) walked 37 and struck out a team and career-high 64 batters. Hunter last pitched against Santa Clara on Sunday and earned a victory after pitching 7.0 innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out seven. 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 6-1 with a 3.15 ERA while working 60.0 innings. The Waves are 9-2 in Hunter's 11 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 DIEGO: Brett Hunter has made two previous appearances against San Diego, both coming relief, and is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and one save. He has pitched 4.0 innings, allowed six hits, two runs, walked two and struck out one.
HUNTER VERSUS WCC: Brett Hunter is 4-0 with a 4.46 ERA. He has appeared in 12 games, making five starts, and has pitched 36.1 innings, allowed 36 hits, 18 runs, 13 walks and struck out 27.
WINNING SERIES: Pepperdine has been impressive in series this season, registering a 9-1 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.
NATIONAL LEADERS: Junior All-American Barry Enright entered the week tied for second in the country with a 10-1 record. He is one of three pitchers with 10 wins and trails East Tennessee State's Caleb Glafenhein, who tops the nation with a 12-3 mark. Enright also is 12th in the country with a 1.58 ERA. Junior closer Jason Dominguez is one of five pitchers tied for fourth in the country with 11 saves. Kevin Crum of VMI, USC's Paul Koss and Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State lead the nation with 14 saves. Senior Luke Salas is 25th in the country with 0.28 sacrifice hits per game. He has 12 sacrifice hits in 43 games.
PEPPERDINE NATIONALLY: Pepperdine entered the week ranked 14th in the country in ERA and currently has a 3.23 ERA. The Waves are also one of the top fielding teams in the nation, ranking third in double plays per-game (1.23) and ninth in fielding percentage (.975). Pepperdine's .698 winning percentage (30-13) is 29th in the nation.
WORTH 2ND ON DOUBLES LIST: Junior shortstop Danny Worth has 58 career doubles to rank second all-time in Pepperdine history. He is two shy of tying Scott Shockey (1986-89) for the all-time record. The doubles total also ties for 10th all-time in WCC history. Worth currently leads the Waves with 18 doubles on the season. He totaled 24 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 169 consecutive games and made 167 consecutive starts dating back to February 12, 2005 when he made his first career start against Cal Poly. His 169 games played are second on the Waves to senior left fielder Luke Salas, who has appeared in 221 games and started 201. Salas is tied for ninth on the program's games played list and seventh in at-bats with 774.
ENRIGHT TIED FOR 2ND ON CAREER WINS LIST: Junior Barry Enright holds a 33-4 career record and is tied with Mike Fetters (1984-86) for second place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list. His victory total also ties for fifth on the WCC career wins list. His .892 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 12 starts this season to bring his career total to 50 and places him third on Pepperdine's all-time starts list. He is three shy of moving into a tie for second.
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) and teammate Jason Dominguez (2005-Pres.) for fifth place with 13. He is three saves of tying for third all-time.
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 21 relief appearances, earned 11 saves and has a 1-2 record and 2.22 ERA while throwing 24.1 innings and limiting opposing batters to a .218 average. The junior right hander has 13 career saves to tie Steve Montgomery 1990-92) and teammate Brett Hunter for fifth place on Pepperdine's all-time saves list. His 11 saves this season lead the WCC and tie for third on the Waves' single-season list.
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 Diego with a .306 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 with 220 hits and 106 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 Friday's game with a WCC-leading 3.23 ERA and is holding opponents to a .248 average. Through 43 games, Pepperdine hurlers have allowed three runs or less 25 times.
THE BIG THREE: The weekend starting rotation of Barry Enright, Brett Hunter and Robert Dickmann have a combined record of 21-4 and 2.66 ERA while making 35 starts. The trio has logged 216.1 innings, walked 65, struck out 150 and limited opposing batters to a .246 average.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: The Waves are 6-5 against ranked opponents...After beginning the season 1-3, Pepperdine is 29-10 over its last 39 games...Pepperdine is batting .315 as a team and has a collective ERA of 3.23...Both marks lead the WCC...Pepperdine is averaging 10.84 hits and 6.28 runs a game...Pepperdine has been a dominant team at home, registering a 21-5 record, batting .327 and posting a 2.46 ERA...Meanwhile, the Waves are 9-8 on the road, batting .297 and possessing a 4.48 ERA...Pepperdine starting pitching has compiled an 23-6 record and 2.98 ERA while logging 245.0 innings...The Waves' bullpen has posted a 7-7 mark and 3.67 ERA...Pepperdine has had four players (Worth - 18, Chase d'Arnaud - 16, Ortiz - 14 and Luke Salas - 11) register hitting streaks of 11 or more games.
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 30TH STRAIGHT 30-WIN SEASON: For the 30th straight season, Pepperdine has posted a 30-win season in 2007. The Waves are currently 30-13. 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 173-69 (.715) 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 140-101-1 (.580) 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 1,781-1,235-22 (.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 884-463-11 (.655), including a 475-161-2 (.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 142-89 (.615) 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 749-285-12 (.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 21-5 in 2007.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Since 1997, Waves are 166-147 (.530) 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 7-8 in "true" road and 2-0 in neutral field games in 2007.
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