May 10, 2007
Malibu, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: A berth in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championship Series will be on the line when nationally-ranked Pepperdine and Gonzaga meet in a three-game series at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning Friday at 3 p.m.
The series will continue with 1 p.m. contests on Saturday and Sunday.
The series will likely determine which team faces front-running San Diego in the best-of-three series that will determine the WCC's automatic entrant into the 64-team NCAA Tournament.
Pepperdine currently trails San Diego (39-14, 16-2) by 4.5 games and Gonzaga (30-21, 13-5) by 1.5 games. The Waves have six conference games remaining while the Toreros and Bulldogs close out WCC play this weekend. While Pepperdine and Gonzaga are playing each other, San Diego will travel to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos.
The Toreros have clinched at least a tie for the regular-season WCC title and a berth in the WCC Championship Series, and need one win this weekend to claim the championship outright.
Following this weekend's series with Gonzaga, Pepperdine will host nationally-ranked UC Irvine on Tuesday before traveling to the Northwest for a three-game series against WCC rival Portland beginning Friday, May 18. The series against the Pilots will mark the end of the regular season.
The Waves are seeking a sport in the WCC Championship Series for the ninth consecutive year. Pepperdine is the only school to appear in the championship series every season since 1999 and are 4-4 in the event.
The Waves also are looking to finish the season strong and put themselves in position to earn a school-record tying fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The announcement of the 64-team field will be televised lived by ESPN on Monday, May 28 beginning at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).
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. 17 by Baseball America and in the ESPN/USA Today's Coaches Poll, No. 20 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 21 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Gonzaga is unranked.
MORE RECOGNITION FOR ENRIGHT: Junior All-American Barry Enright, who is putting together one of the best seasons in Pepperdine history, continues to receive national recognition. Already named the preseason watch lists for the Roger Clemens Award and Brooks Wallce Award, presented to the nation's top pitcher and player, respectively, Enright was named one 50 semi-finalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award May 1. Enright becomes the first player in Pepperdine history to be considered for the USA Baseball Gold Spikes Award. This year will mark the 30th consecutive year that the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award has been presented to the nation's premier amateur baseball player. The winner's name will be announced on June 29, 2007, during the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Show presented by Major League Baseball. The Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
The naming of Enright to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semi-finalist list comes on the heals of him being selected as one of 50 candidates named to the watch list for the Dick Howser Trophy that is presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Dick Howser Trophy goes to the top player in college baseball and is given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop an former major league manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, and is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, and qualities exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
WAVES POST ANOTHER 30-WIN SEASON: Pepperdine's victory over Santa Clara on April 22 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 114-61 (.651).
UCLA RECAP: Freshman right hander Garett Claypool pitched five shutout innings and shortstop Brandon Crawford had three hits and two RBI to lead No. 10 Pepperdine to a 4-1 victory over No. 17 Pepperdine Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Stadium. After starter Robert Dickmann pitched three perfect innings, Brett Hunter (6-5) came on in the fourth and allowed back-to-back singles to Jermaine Curtis and Alden Carrithers. Both runners advanced a base on a balk by Hunter and scored on a double to right-center field by Crawford. Crawford score the inning's final run after stealing third and scoring on a wild pitch to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead. The Waves' best scoring opportunity came in the sixth inning when they got the first two batters of the inning aboard and eventually loaded the bases with two outs but were unable to plate any runs. The Bruins added an insurance run in the seventh on a home run to left field by catcher Ryan Babineau. Pepperdine avoided being shutout when it scored an unearned run with two outs in the bottom half of the seventh. Claypool (3-0) turned in a solid outing for the Bruins as he went five innings, allowed four hits, walked two and struck out four as he picked up his second win of the season against the Waves.
ENRIGHT NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Junior All-American Barry Enright, who moved into sole possession of second place on Pepperdine's all-time career wins list, was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Pitcher of the Week, it was announced on Monday. It marks the second time this season Enright has received the honor. In addition to moving into sole possession of second place in program history, Enright also moved into fifth place on the WCC's all-time chart after earning his 34th career win Wednesday against No. 17 Cal State Fullerton. The junior right hander no-hit Cal State Fullerton through 5.1 innings before having his no-hit bid broken up by a bunt single in the sixth. Enright finished his eight innings of work allowing just two hits, walking two and striking out four. The outing marked the fifth time in his last six appearances that Enright has pitched at least eight innings and improved his career record to 34-5. He also moved into fifth place on the school's all-time innings pitched list with 324.2.
ABOUT GONZAGA: Gonzaga enters Friday's game with a 30-21 overall record, including a 13-5 mark in WCC play. The Bulldogs are coming off a three-game sweep of Loyola Marymount last weekend in Spokane. Gonzaga is batting .287 as a team and has a collective ERA of 4.73. The Bulldogs have four players batting .300 or better and are led by junior third baseman Darin Holcomb, who is batting .364 and tied for the team-lead with six home runs. Senior right hander Clayton Mortensen, who will start Saturday's game leads the pitching staff with a 7-2 record and 101 strikeouts.
SERIES VERSUS GONZAGA: Friday's series opener will mark the 59th meeting between Pepperdine and Gonzaga with the Waves leading the all-time series, 41-17. The two teams have split their last six games dating back to the 2005 season. Pepperdine took two out of three from the Bulldogs in Spokane a year ago.
FRIDAY'S STARTER: Junior right hander Barry Enright will make his 15th appearance and start of the season against Gonzaga on Friday. The junior All-American is 11-2 with a 1.75 ERA. In a team-leading 103.0 innings, Enright has allowed 89 hits, 24 runs (20 earned), walked 12 and struck out 66. Enright has worked 7.0 innings or more 12 of his 14 starts. He last worked on May 2 and was the winning pitcher after tossing 8.0 innings, allowing two hits, walking two and striking out four. 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 GONZAGA: Friday's start against will mark Barry Enright's third appearance against Gonzaga. He is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two previous starts. In his only start against the Bulldogs last season, Enright earned the victory after pitching 7.0 innings, allowing six hits, two runs, a pair of walks and striking out one.
ENRIGHT VERSUS THE WCC: Barry Enright has a 17-1 career record and 2.83 ERA against the West Coast Conference. In 22 starts, Enright has logged 144.0 innings, allowed 168 hits, 48 earned runs, walked 24 and struck out 83. He is currently 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in five starts this season. Enright suffered his first career WCC loss on April 27 at San Diego after allowing four runs in 4.0 innings. He went 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA in seven starts in 2006 and was 8-0 with a 3.36 ERA as a freshman in 2005.
SATURDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, a transfer from UCLA, will make his 16th appearance and start of the season on Saturday. He is 5-3 with a 3.58 ERA. Dickmann has allowed 80 hits, 34 runs (29 earned), walked 23 and struck out 41 in 73.0 innings. He last pitched on Tuesday against UCLA and received a no-decision after pitching three perfect 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.
DICKMANN VERSUS WCC: Robert Dickmann is 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA in five WCC starts. He has worked 29.1 innings, allowed 34 hits, 13 runs (10 earned), walked eight and struck out 11.
POSSIBLE SUNDAY STARTER: Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter has made 17 appearances, including 12 starts. He is currently 6-5 with a 3.98 ERA and two saves. In 74.2 innings of work, he has allowed 62 hits, 40 runs (33 earned) walked 43 and struck out a team and career-high 68 batters. Hunter last pitched against UCLA on Tuesday and suffered a loss after pitching 1.0 inning of relief, allowing three hits, three runs, walking two and striking out two. 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 6-2 with a 3.18 ERA while working 65.0 innings. The Waves are 9-3 in Hunter's 12 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 GONZAGA: Brett Hunter has not pitched against Gonzaga.
HUNTER VERSUS WCC: Brett Hunter is 4-1 with a 4.35 ERA. He has appeared in 13 games, making six starts, and has pitched 41.1 innings, allowed 41 hits, 22 runs (20 earned), 17 walks and struck out 29.
POSSIBLE SUNDAY STARTER: Junior right hander Adam Olbrychowski has appeared in 18 games, making four starts, and is 5-2 with a 3.07 ERA. He has logged a career-high 55.2 innings, surrendered 50 hits, 24 runs (19 earned), walked 16 and struck out 39 while limiting the opposition to a .245 average. Olbrychowski last worked against UCLA on Tuesday and pitched 2.2 innings of relief, allowed three hits, one run and struck out three. He last started a game on April 17 at UCLA and suffered a loss after tossing 4.0 innings, allowing five hits, three unearned runs, walking one and striking out three.
OLBRYCHOWSKI VERSUS GONZAGA: Adam Olbrychowski has not made an appearance against Gonzaga.
OLBRYCHOWSKI VERSUS WCC: Adam Olbrychowski has made seven career relief appearances against the WCC and is 0-0 with a 1.57 ERA. So far this season, he has appeared in five games and has a 1.53 ERA while working 17.2 innings, allowing nine hits, three runs, walking six and striking out 11.
WINNING SERIES: Pepperdine has been impressive in series this season, registering a 9-2 record in three-game series, including four sweeps. The Waves also split a two-game series at No. 16 Oklahoma State in March. Prior to being swept by San Diego (4/27-4/30), Pepperdine`s only series loss was its season-opening three-game set at UNLV.
WORTH 2ND ON DOUBLES LIST: Junior shortstop Danny Worth has 59 career doubles to rank second all-time in Pepperdine history. He is one shy of tying Scott Shockey (1986-89) for the all-time record. The doubles total also ties for ninth all-time in WCC history. Worth currently leads the Waves with 19 doubles on the season. He totaled 24 in 2006, two shy of the singlets-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 174 consecutive games and made 172 consecutive starts dating back to February 12, 2005 when he made his first career start against Cal Poly. His 174 games played are second on the Waves to senior left fielder Luke Salas, who has appeared in 226 games and started 206. Salas is tied for seventh on the program's games played list and seventh in at-bats with 786.
ENRIGHT 2ND ON CAREER WINS LIST: Junior Barry Enright holds a 34-5 career record to rank second on Pepperdine's all-time wins list. His victory total also is fifth on the WCC career wins list. His .872 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 14 starts this season to bring his career total to 52 and places him third on Pepperdine's all-time starts list. He is one 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 24 relief appearances, earned 11 saves and has a 1-2 record and 2.25 ERA while throwing 28.0 innings and limiting opposing batters to a .223 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 today's game against Gonzaga with a .310 career average. Salas, who has 245 career hits, is tied with Jared Pitney (1998-01) for seventh place on Pepperdine's all-time career hits list. The Westlake Village resident also has 111 career RBI. Junior shortstop Danny Worth has also joined the 200-100 club with 225 hits and 108 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 this season. The Waves enter today's game with a WCC-leading 3.31 ERA and is holding opponents to a .251 average. Through 48 games, Pepperdine hurlers have allowed three runs or less 26 times.
THE BIG THREE: The weekend starting rotation of Barry Enright, Brett Hunter and Robert Dickmann have a combined record of 22-7 and 2.69 ERA while making 40 starts. The trio has logged 241.0 innings and limited opposing batters to a .245 average
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: The Waves are 7-9 against ranked opponents...After beginning the season 1-3, Pepperdine is 30-14 over its last 44 games...Pepperdine is batting .308 as a team and has a collective ERA of 3.31...Pepperdine has been a dominant team at home, registering a 22-6 record, batting .324 and posting a 2.43 ERA...Meanwhile, the Waves are 9-11 on the road, batting .287 and possessing a 4.64 ERA...Pepperdine starting pitching has compiled an 24-9 record and 2.97 ERA while logging 269.2 innings...The Waves' bullpen has posted a 7-8 mark and 3.90 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.
LAST 13 GAMES: Pepperdine 5-8 over its last 13 games. The Waves are managing just a .268 batting average and have posted a 3.56 ERA. The rough stretch has coincided with the absence of junior third baseman Chase d'Arnaud, who has missed the last 12 games with a leg injury. He was batting .333 before being sidelined.
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 173-72 (.706) 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 146-101-1 (.591) 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 1,782-1,239-22 (.589). 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 30 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 885-467-11 (.653), including a 475-164-2 (.742) 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 144-93 (.607) 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 750-286-12 (.721) 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 22-6 in 2007.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Since 1997, Waves are 166-150 (.525) 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 7-11 in "true" road and 2-0 in neutral field games in 2007.
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