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No. 20 Pepperdine Closes Out Regular Season This Week

May 15, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -

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THIS WEEK: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine baseball team concludes its regular season this week with a pair of non-conference games against Southern California rivals USC and UC Santa Barbara.

The Waves host the Trojans in their regular-season home finale Tuesday at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 3 p.m. The contest can be watched live on the Internet at www.ESPN360.com with Dave Weekley and John Gregory calling the action.

Pepperdine then travels up the coast to Santa Barbara to take on the Gauchos at Caesar Uyseka Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.

Both games also can be heard live on the Internet at www.PepperdineSports.com. and followed via Gametracker.

A LOOK AT THE WAVES: Pepperdine begins the week 36-18 overall after sweeping a three-game series from Saint Mary's over the weekend that gave the Waves a share of the West Coast Conference (WCC) regular-season title.Pepperdine finished 15-6 in WCC play to tie San Francisco for first place.

The Waves and Dons will square off in a best-of-three series May 26-28 at Benedetti Diamond in San Francisco with the winner being crowned WCC champion and earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.

San Francisco earned the right to host after taking two of three from Pepperdine earlier this season.

Pepperdine will be making its eighth straight appearance in the WCC Championship Series and will be playing on the road for the third straight year.

The Waves are two-time defending WCC champions and earned a share of their 17th conference title on Sunday. Pepperdine will attempt to win its third straight conference crown when it meets San Francisco in the WCC Championship Series. The Waves last won three in a row from 1991-93.

Pepperdine has won three straight WCC titles on two other occasions, accomplishing the feat during the 1974-76 campaigns and again from 1987-89.

NATIONAL POLLS: Pepperdine is ranked No. 20 by Baseball America and No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball. USC and UC Santa Barbara are both unranked.

The Trojans enter the week 25-25 overall and 11-10 in the Pac-10 Conference while the Gauchos begin play with 23-24 overall and 8-10 in Big West Conference action.

The Waves will attempt to sweep the series from both teams.

SAINT MARY'S RECAP: Pepperdine swept the three-game series from Saint Mary's over the weekend to claim a share of the WCC regular-season title and a berth in the best-of-three conference championship series. The Waves won the three games by scores of 7-4, 12-9 and 12-2. In Friday's opener, Pepperdine broke a 4-4 tie with a three-run sixth inning and freshman right hander Brett Hunter pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first of two saves on the weekend. Junior Luke Salas broke the tie with a sacrifice fly and Matt Aidem and David Uribes added run-scoring singles. Sophomore shortstop Danny Worth highlighted a five-run eighth inning with a three-run home run and Hunter recorded the final two outs to preserve the win. Freshman Chase d'Arnaud hit his first career home run, a three-run shot in the sixth inning. Uribes and junior catcher Chad Tracy led a 13-hit attack and senior right hander James Johnson pitched his first career complete-game to lead the Waves a victory on Sunday.

ABOUT USC: USC begins play this week with a 25-25 overall record and an 11-10 mark in Pac-10 play. The Trojans lost two of three to rival UCLA over the weekend. After winning the series opener, 8-6, USC lost the final two games by scores of 8-3 and 12-1. The Trojans are currently batting .312 as a team and have a collective ERA of 4.98. USC has six players batting .300 or better and are led by sophomore infielder Matt Cusick, who is batting .383. Junior outfielder Cyle Hankerd is second on the club with a .366 average and tops the club with 10 home runs and 52 RBI. Junior right hander Shawn Olsen, who will start against the Waves on Tuesday, is 4-5 with a 5.14 ERA in 26 appearances, including nine as a starter. Head coach Mike Gillespie is in the midst of his 20th season at USC and has compiled an overall record to date of 763-463-2 (.622).

SERIES VERSUS USC: Tuesday's game between Pepperdine and USC will mark the 118th meeting between the two programs with the Trojans leading the all-time series, 83-33-1. The Waves and Trojans met four times during the 2005 campaign and USC registered a 3-1 record. The Trojans won the only regular-season game played between the two teams, defeating Pepperdine 4-3 at Dedeaux. The two teams squared off three times during the Long Beach Regional, with USC winning two of the three meetings. The Trojans defeated the Waves, 7-3, in the opener before Pepperdine staved off elimination with a 9-2 victory. In the regional championship game, USC won 5-2 to advance to the Super Regional. The Waves defeated the Trojans, 2-1, at Dedeaux Field on March 30.

ABOUT UC SANTA BARBARA: UC Santa Barbara is 23-24 on the season, including 8-10 in Big West Conference play. The Gauchos have won three out of their last four after taking two of three at Long Beach State over the weekend. UC Santa Barbara won by scores of 8-6 and 4-1 before falling 3-1 in the series finale. The Gauchos are batting .281 as a team and have a collective ERA of 4.80. Sophomore infielder Alden Carrithers is batting .351 to lead the club in hitting junior infielder Chris Valaika is batting .345 and tops the team with eight home runs and 50 RBI. Freshman left-hander Anthony Martin, who is expected to start against the Waves on Wednesday, is 1-0 with a 5.86 ERA in 13 appearances. Head coach Bob Brontsema is in his 13th season at UC Santa Barbara and has compiled an overall record of 134-137 (.494).

SERIES VERSUS UC SANTA BARBARA: Wednesday's game will mark the 88th meeting between Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara since 1970 with the Waves leading the all-time series, 47-37-3. Pepperdine defeated the Gauchos 8-1 on April 18 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

TUESDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore right hander Jason Dominguez will make his 21st appearance and fourth start of the season Tuesday against USC. He is 4-1 with a 4.09 ERA. In 44.0 innings, Dominguez has allowed 45 hits, 22 runs (20) earned, walked 20 and struck out 30. His last appearance came at Saint Mary's on Saturday when he pitched 1.2 innings, allowed five hits, three runs, walked one and struck out three. His last start came on May 9 against UC Riverside when he worked four innings, surrendered one run, one hit, walked three and struck out three in a no decision.

WEDNESDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore right hander Barry Enright will make his 18th appearance and 17th start of the season on Wednesday. He is 11-1 with a 3.88 ERA. Enright last worked on Friday at Saint Mary's where he pitched 6.1 innings, allowed nine hits, four runs and struck out six while not walking a batter as he won his 10th straight and improved his career mark 21-2. Five of his victories have come against No. 15 Long Beach State, No. 2 Oregon State, No. 8 Tulane, No. 4 Cal State Fullerton and No. 25 San Diego. On the season, he has pitched 102.0 innings, surrendered 115 hits, 51 runs (44 earned), walked 18 and struck out 57. Enright's career record stands at 21-2 with a 4.24 ERA while pitching 199.1 innings over 35 appearances.

JOHNSON NAMED WCC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Senior right hander James Johnson, who earned the victory in Pepperdine's title-clinching win over Saint Mary's on Sunday, was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Johnson continued his outstanding pitching of late when he tossed his first career complete-game against the Gaels, helping the Waves clinch a share of the WCC's regular-season title with San Francisco. In nine innings of work, Johnson allowed five hits, two runs, walked three and struck out three while limiting the Gaels to a .156 average. It marked his sixth consecutive win. In his last three outings, Johnson has worked into the ninth inning three times and has a 3-0 record and 2.10 ERA. He has struck out 13 in 25.2 innings and limited opposing batters to a .178 average. It marks the first time in Johnson's career that has earned the WCC's weekly honor.

WAVES POST 29TH STRAIGHT 30-WIN SEASON: For the 29th consecutive season, Pepperdine has won at least 30 games. The Waves are currently 36-18. Dating back to the 1978 season, the Waves have totaled at least 30 wins every year, 40 wins 12 times and posted two 50-win campaigns.

TRACY NAMED SEMI-FINALIST FOR JOHNNY BENCH AWARD: Junior All-American catcher Chad Tracy was named one of 10 semi-finalists for the 2006 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced on Thursday. The award is presented annually at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet to the nation's top collegiate catcher. A national voting committee comprised of sportswriter, sportscasters, Division I coaches and scouts will be sent comprehensive biographies on each candidate at the end of May to determine the three finalists, who will be announced on June 1. A final vote among the national selection committee will occur during the College World Series. All three finalists and their coaches will be invited to Wichita for the Ninth Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Wichita. Hall of Famer Johnny Bench will present the award to the recipient.

COLEMAN AND TRACY ON BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LIST: Senior left-hander Paul Coleman and junior catcher Chad Tracy were among a group of 120 players named to the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the national college baseball player of the year. Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon won the award in 2005. Both Coleman and Tracy are coming off outstanding seasons in 2005 in which they were named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year, respectively. 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 at a press conference in Omaha, Neb.. 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 the Fox Sports Network.

ENRIGHT ON ROGER CLEMENS AWARD WATCH LIST: Sophomore right hander Barry Enright, who has posted wins over five ranked opponents this season, is one of 48 players named on the 2006 Roger Clemens Award Watch List. The award is given annually to college baseball's top pitcher. The initial list is comprised of players named to pre-season All-American teams by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA). Each weekly honoree of the NCBWA Pitcher of the Week will be added to the list, as will statistical leaders later in the season. First-round voting is scheduled to begin May 8 and will run through May 15. The announcement of 10 semifinalists is set for May 18. Voting on the award is conducted by all Division I head baseball coaches, a selection of national media who cover the college game, all past winners of the Rotary Smith Award and past finalists of the Roger Clemens Award. The winner of the Roger Clemens Award will be announced at a dinner at the Marriott Westchase Hotel in Houston, Texas, on July 12.

TRACY NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: Pepperdine junior catcher Chad Tracy was named a first-team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, second teamer by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA) and a third pick by Baseball America. Tracy is coming off a tremendous sophomore campaign in which he was named second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and was tabbed the West Coast Conference's (WCC) "Player of the Year" and a first team All-WCC selection. Starting all 64 games, Tracy led the WCC with a .367 average, 94 hits, 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 61 RBI. Tracy, who was invited to last summer's USA Baseball National Team Trials, is also expected to be a candidate for the Johnny Bench Award that is awarded to college baseball's top catcher.

PEPPERDINE TABBED AS "SLEEPER" TO REACH COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Coming off a 41-23 season in which it advanced to the championship game of the Long Beach Regional and returning 24 letterwinners from last year's squad, the Pepperdine baseball team was chosen as the sleeper to make an appearance in the 2006 College World Series, according to Baseball America's Will Kimmey. Kimmey picked the eight favorites to reach Omaha this June, with Pepperdine listed as a contender to steal one of those top spots. Defending national champion Texas was picked to repeat in 2006. The Longhorns return their top four starting pitchers from last season. Among the other teams chosen by Baseball America to advance to Omaha were Rice, Clemson, Florida, Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, Nebraska, and Florida State.

MORE PRESEASON ACCOLADES: Several Pepperdine baseball players garnered preseason accolades and honors in the most recent issue of Baseball America. Left-hander Paul Coleman was named the 11th-best pro prospect among college seniors, while center fielder Adrian Ortiz was tabbed the 18th best sophomore prospect, catcher Chad Tracy was ranked 25th among juniors and rookie Chase d'Arnaud was selected the 36th-best prospect among freshmen. Tracy and Coleman were also named to the WCC's preseason all-conference team along with sophomore more shortstop Danny Worth and junior first baseman/catcher Justin Tellam in a poll of league coaches conducted by Baseball America. Tellam begins his first year at Pepperdine after transferring from UNLV. The battery of Tracy and Coleman were also picked to repeat as WCC "Player of the Year" and "Pitcher of the Year", respectively.

RODRIGUEZ COLLECTS 100TH CAREER WIN: Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez collected his 100th career coaching victory following the Waves' 10-2 win over Portland on April 30. His record currently stands at 107-73 (.594). He is just the sixth coach in program history to record 100 wins. Other Pepperdine coaches to reach 100 victories include Dave Gorrie (409), John Scolinos (263), Frank Sanchez (257), Andy Lopez (241) and Wayne Wright (194).

URIBES BREAKS HIT RECORD: Pepperdine senior second baseman David Uribes broke the Pepperdine and West Coast Conference (WCC) all-time career hit record two weeks ago after collecting two hits to pass former Wave Paul Faries (1984-87), who concluded his career with 314. Uribes has added to that total and now has 328 career hits.

URIBES ALL-TIME LEADER IN AT-BATS: David Uribes, who has started all 241 games of his career, is Pepperdine's all-time leader in at-bats with 986.

URIBES TOPS CAREER RUNS LIST: Senior second baseman David Uribes became Pepperdine's all-time runs scored leader over the weekend. He moved past current Waves assistant coach Rick Hirtensteiner (1986-89) to become the all-time leader with 232, breaking Hirtensteiner's previous mark of 228. Uribes is eight runs shy of tying Taggert Bozied (San Francisco; 1998-01) and Carl Fraticelli (Loyola Marymount; 1985-88) for the West Coast Conference record of 240.

URIBES CLIMBING CAREER CHARTS: David Uribes is also third on Pepperdine's all-time games played list with 241. He is three shy of tying Steve Erickson (1984-87) for second place with 244 and eight away of tying Paul Faries (1984-87) all-time record of 249. He has played in every contest during his Pepperdine career, a streak of 241 straight. The senior second baseman also is seventh on the career doubles list with 51 and is ninth all-time with 72 stolen bases.

TRACY MOVING UP HOME RUN LIST: Junior All-American catcher Chad Tracy is tied with G.J. Raymundo (1998-99) for fifth place on Pepperdine's all-time home run list with 29. He is one home run shy of tying Jared Pitney (1998-2001) for fourth place with 30. Tracy hit 12 home runs during his first two seasons in Malibu and has five thus far in 2006. The junior catcher also is third on the school's all-time doubles list with 55.

COLEMAN MOVING UP SCHOOL APPEARANCE LIST: Reigning West Coast Conference (WCC) "Pitcher of the Year" Paul Coleman is making a steady climb up the Pepperdine appearance list. The senior left-hander is third all-time with 88. Coleman also is sixth on the school's all-time strikeout list with 254. He is eight shy of tying Jacob Barrack (2001-04) for fifth place.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Pepperdine is 8-4 against ranked opponents...The Waves are currently batting .301 and have a 3.55 team ERA...Pepperdine ranks second in the West Coast Conference (WCC) in batting and first in pitching...The Waves are 25-7 when scoring first and 24-5 when holding the opponent to three runs or less...Pepperdine is 29-2 when leading after six innings, 31-2 when ahead after seven innings and 33-0 when leading after eight innings...The Waves are 6-5 in one-run games...Senior second baseman David Uribes leads the Waves and is third in the WCC with a .374...He also tops the club with 53 runs, a career-high 85 hits and 22 stolen bases...He has batting .425 (34-for-80) with 20 runs scored over his last 18 games...Senior first baseman Nick Kliebert ranks second on the Waves with a .363 average...Junior catcher Chad Tracy has had at least one hit in 44 of Pepperdine's 54 games this season...Sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz, who is third on the club with a .357 average, is batting .448 (26-for-58) with 12 runs scored during current nine-game hitting streak...Freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud has hit in nine straight games, posting a .394 (13-for-33) average with nine runs, six doubles and nine RBI...d'Arnaud is batting .359 over his last 18 games and concluded WCC play with a .357 average.

PITCHING NOTES: Senior James Johnson and sophomore Barry Enright have been solid for the Waves in their last five starts...The two have combined to post a 9-0 record and 2.25 ERA in 10 starts...Johnson is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA while Enright has registered a 5-0 record and 2.29 ERA...Enright's 11 wins tie for most in the country...Freshman right hander Brett Hunter is tied for sixth on Pepperdine's single-season saves list nine...Hunter has made a team-leading 23 appearances and has 43 strikeouts in 48.2 innings...Senior left-hander Paul Coleman leads the pitching staff with 86 strikeouts in 99.1 innings....His 10 wins are tied for second in the country...Freshman right hander Brett Hunter tops the staff with 21 appearances, seven saves and a 2.68 ERA while striking out 41 in 47.0 innings and holding opponents to a .242 average.

Steve Kleen RECEIVES JOHN SCOLINOS AWARD: Steve Kleen, who was named a first team All-American as a senior in 2005, was honored with the 2006 John Scolinos Distinguished Player Award following the Pepperdine baseball team's annual alumni game on January 28. The award, in its second 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 is 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.

THREE WAVES SELECTED IN 2005 MLB DRAFT: For the 31st consecutive year, Pepperdine had at least one player taken in Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft in 2005. Junior left-hander Paul Coleman was chosen in the ninth round by the Detroit Tigers, while senior utility player Steve Kleen was an 11th round selection by the Oakland A's and senior right hander Kea Kometani was picked in the 15th round by the Texas Rangers. With Kometani's selection in the 15th round, Pepperdine has had players drafted a total of 118 times since the first year of the draft in 1966.

FIVE FORMER WAVES ON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENING DAY ROSTERS: As Major League Baseball held its Opening Day on Monday, a total of five former Pepperdine players were on Opening Day rosters. Dan Haren (Oakland Athletics), Noah Lowry (San Francisco Giants), David Newhan (Baltimore Orioles), Will Ohman (Chicago Cubs) and Matt Wise (Milwaukee Brewers) were on big league rosters. A sixth player, Randy Wolf opened the season on the Philadelphia Phillies' disabled list.

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 164-67 (.710) over the last eight-plus seasons, an average of 20.5 wins per season, captured seven divisional crowns, three 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 131-99-1 (.569) record, claiming two divisional titles and winning two WCC Championship Series.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE FORMAT CHANGES IN 2006: After seven years of conference play with a two-division format, the West Coast Conference (WCC) will move away from divisional play in 2006 and will play a 21-game round-robin schedule. Pepperdine and San Francisco tied for the regular-season conference title with 15-6 records and will play a best-of-three championship to determine the WCC's champion and automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The three-game series will be held at San Francisco's Benedetti Diamond beginning Friday, May 26.

WAVES CAPTURE 17TH WCC CHAMPIONSHIP: Pepperdine captured a share of its 17th West Coast Conference (WCC) title after sweeping Saint Mary's over the weekend. It marked the Waves second straight title after taking two of three from Loyola Marymount in 2005. Pepperdine's 17 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, including this year. Additionally, since the WCC went to a two-division format in 1999, Pepperdine is the only member to appear in all seven conference championship series and will now make its eighth appearance in two weeks. Last year's WCC title was the Waves' second straight and third 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.

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 2006 season. The Waves have registered a 1,047-546 (.657) record and made 16 NCAA Tournament appearances during that time. Cal State Fullerton has compiled an overall record of 1,204-511 (.702) and made 22 NCAA appearances. Pepperdine's 16 NCAA Tournament appearances are second behind the Titans and tie USC.

THE PROGRAM: In the midst of its 67th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine baseball program has compiled an all-time mark to date of 1,745-1,219-22 (.588). The Waves have advanced to the NCAA Championships on 22 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 12 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 850-451-11 (.652), including a 466-159-2 (.745) 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, is in the midst of his third season as the Waves' head coach. Rodriguez was hired on June 18, 2004 after serving as an assistant for four years under Frank Sanchez. Rodriguez has led the Waves to a 107-73 (.594) record, two West Coast Conference (WCC) titles, two NCAA Regional berths and one national Top 25 ranking. 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. 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.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Since Eddy D. Field Stadium opened in 1973, Pepperdine has been a tough team to beat at home, compiling an overall record to date of 725-278-12 (.720) and registering just one losing season in 34 years. Since 1997, the Waves are 202-96 (.678) at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves were 9-12 in the inaugural season of 1973 and since then have produced 32 winning seasons in the last 34 years, including a 20-9 record in so far in 2006.

WAVES ON THE ROAD: Since 1997, Waves are 154-138 (.527) in games played on the road. Pepperdine completed the 2005 campaign with a 22-14 road record. The Waves have registered winning road records in six of the last nine seasons. Pepperdine is 16-9 in 2006.

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