May 17, 2007
Malibu, Calif. -
THIS WEEK: The nationally-ranked Pepperdine baseball team closes out its regular season this weekend when it travels to the Northwest to open a three-game West Coast Conference (WCC) series at Portland beginning Friday at 3 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field.
The series against the Pilots (21-27, 7-11) continues with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday and concludes Sunday with a 1 p.m. start.
The Waves enter the series seeking their school-record tying fifth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and need a good showing that will impress the selection committee as they look to secure one of 34 at-large bids into the 64-team field.
After appearing in every WCC Championship Series since its inception in 1999, Pepperdine had its streak snapped last weekend when it lost two of three games to Gonzaga at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The series opened in disappointing fashion as the Waves let a 3-2 ninth-inning lead slip away during a 5-3 loss on Friday and lost a second straight game to the Bulldogs after falling victim to a 15-strikeout performance by Clayton Mortensen. Pepperdine salvaged the series finale as it registered a 4-3, 11-inning victory on Sunday.
San Diego (41-15, 18-3), which captured the regular-season WCC title, will host Gonzaga (32-22, 15-6) in the best-of-three championship series May 25-27 at Cunningham Stadium.
Meanwhile, after concluding play this weekend, Pepperdine will have to wait until Monday, May 28, to see if it receives an at-large bid. The announcement of the 64-team field will be televised lived by ESPN beginning at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).
Prior to Tuesday's 5-1 loss to No. 12 UC Irvine, the Waves were ranked No. 34 in the latest RPI Rankings, which are used as a determining factor in selecting the field.
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. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 25 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and No. 26 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Portland is unranked.
ENRIGHT NAMED SEMIFINALIST FOR ROGER CLEMENS AWARD: Junior All-American Barry Enright, who is putting together an outstanding season, was voted one of 10 semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award, given annually to college baseball's top pitcher, it was announced on Thursday. Joining Enright on the list are Adrian Alaniz of Texas, Preston Guilmet (Arizona), Bryan Henry (Florida State), Brian Matusz (San Diego), Adam Mills (Charlotte), Kyle Nicholson (Texas A&M), David Price (Vanderbilt), Nick Schmidt (Arkansas), and Jacob Thompson of Virginia. The second round of voting will begin on May 28, with the announcement of the three finalists set for June 7. This year's award will be presented July 11 at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Houston. Enright enters the final weekend of the regular season with an 11-4 overall record and an impressive 1.78 ERA while making 16 starts. His win total ties for fourth in the country while his ERA ranks 13th nationally.
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 list for the Brooks Wallace Award, presented to the nation's top player, Enright was named one of 50 semifinalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award two weeks ago. 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.
HUNTER SELECTED TO USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM: Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter, who was tabbed a pre-season All-American and has been a mainstay in the Pepperdine starting rotation this season, was one of 11 players selected to the 2007 USA Baseball National Team, it was announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday. The announcement of the final nine players and two alternates will be made in June. Hunter, who was moved into the starting rotation the second week of the season, has posted a 6-5 record, 3.87 ERA, two saves and struck out a career-high 73 batters in 81.1 innings. In 13 starts, the Waves right hander has a 6-2 record, and 3.14 ERA while striking out 60 and limiting opposing batters to a .202 average in 71.2 innings. Hunter becomes the seventh Pepperdine player to represent the country as members of the USA National Baseball Team. The 2007 USA Baseball National Team will open its season in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in preparation for four international series and two international events this summer. Team USA will play in the Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the World Port Tournament in The Netherlands. The USA Baseball National Team will also host the 36th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate Championship Series and an Inaugural Friendship Series versus the Chinese National Team.
WAVES POST ANOTHER 30-WIN SEASON: Pepperdine's victory over Santa Clara on April 22 marked the 30th of the season and 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 115-64 (.642).
UC IRVINE RECAP: Errors and the inability to produce the big hit led to a 5-1 loss to No. 12 UC Irvine Tuesday afternoon at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves held a 1-0 lead and junior All-American Barry Enright had retired 12 consecutive batters before back-to-back errors to open the fifth led to two unearned runs. Pepperdine had a chance to tie the score and possibly take the lead in the bottom half of the inning as it loaded the bases with one out. However, a double play ended the threat. UC Irvine added a run in the sixth and two more in the eighth against the Waves bullpen. Senior Luke Salas led the Waves with three hits while designated hitter Eric Thames had two hits.
ABOUT PORTLAND: Portland enters Friday's series opener with a 21-27 overall record and is 7-11 in WCC play. After losing two of three at Loyola Marymount over the weekend, the Pilots registered a 16-9 victory over Washington State on Tuesday. Portland is batting .253 as a team and has a collective ERA of 5.05. The Pilots have two players batting .300 or better and are led by sophomore infielder Chase Powell, who is batting .329. Junior right hander Given Kutz has been Portland's most consistent starter, registering a 6-5 record and 3.84 ERA. Head coach Chris Sperry is in the midst of 10th season and has guided the Pilots to an overall record to date of 175-347 (.335).
SERIES VERSUS PORTLAND: Friday's contest will mark the 52nd meeting between Pepperdine and Portland and the Waves lead the all-time series, 45-6. Pepperdine has won 15 straight in the series dating back to 2004 and has captured 17 of 18.
FRIDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, a transfer from UCLA, will make his 17th appearance and start of the season on Friday. He is 5-4 with a 3.99 ERA. Dickmann has allowed 88 hits, 39 runs (34 earned), walked 24 and struck out 43 in 76.2 innings. He last pitched on Saturday against Gonzaga and suffered the loss after throwing 3.2 innings, surrendering eight hits, five runs, walking one and striking out two. 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 3-3 with a 4.09 ERA in six WCC starts. He has worked 33.0 innings, allowed 42 hits, 18 runs (15 earned), walked nine and struck out 13.
SATURDAY'S STARTER: Sophomore right hander Brett Hunter has made 18 appearances, including 13 starts. He is currently 6-5 with a 3.87 ERA and has two saves. In 81.1 innings of work, he has allowed 66 hits, 42 runs (35 earned) walked 47 and struck out a career-high 73 batters. Hunter last pitched Sunday against Gonzaga and received a no-decision after working 6.2 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, walking four and striking out five in an 11-inning 4-3 Pepperdine win. 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 3.14 ERA while working 76.2 innings. The Waves are 10-3 in Hunter's 13 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 PORTLAND: Brett Hunter has one previous appearance against Portland, working 1.0 inning of relief and striking out three.
HUNTER VERSUS WCC: Brett Hunter is 4-1 with a 4.12 ERA. He has appeared in 14 games, making seven starts, and has pitched 48.0 innings, allowed 45 hits, 24 runs (22 earned), walked 21 and struck out 34.
SUNDAY'S STARTER: Junior right hander Barry Enright will make his 17th appearance and start of the season against Portland on Tuesday. The junior All-American is 11-4 with a 1.78 ERA. In a team-leading 116.0 innings, Enright has allowed 103 hits, 30 runs (23 earned), walked 12 and struck out a single-season career-high 77. Enright has worked 7.0 innings or more 13 of his 16 starts. Pitching on three days rest, Enright started against UC Irvine on Tuesday and allowed two unearned run on three hits in five innings. After allowing a triple to start the game, Enright retired 12 straight before two errors to open the fifth inning resulted in two runs. 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 PORTLAND: Sunday's start against Portland will mark Barry Enright's fourth appearance against the Pilots. He is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three previous starts. In his only start in 2006, Enright earned the win after working 7.0 innings, allowing eight hits, two runs and striking out two.
ENRIGHT VERSUS THE WCC: Barry Enright has a 17-2 career record and 3.02 ERA against the West Coast Conference. In 23 starts, Enright has logged 152.0 innings, allowed 179 hits, 51 earned runs, walked 24 and struck out 92. He is currently 4-2 with a 2.86 ERA in six 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 was a tough-luck loser last Friday after a pitching eight innings and allowing three runs against Gonzaga. 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.
WINNING SERIES: Pepperdine has been impressive in series this season, registering a 9-3 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) and losing two of three to Gonzaga last weekend, 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 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 178 consecutive games and made 176 consecutive starts dating back to February 12, 2005 when he made his first career start against Cal Poly. His 178 games played are second on the Waves to senior left fielder Luke Salas, who has appeared in 230 games and started 210. Salas is seventh on the program's games played list and fifth in at-bats with 804.
ENRIGHT 2ND ON CAREER WINS LIST: Junior Barry Enright holds a 34-7 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 .829 winning percentage ranks second in Waves history behind Steve Duda (1990-93) is first all-time with a 44-9 (.830) record.
MORE ENRIGHT: Junior right hander Barry Enright has made 16 starts this season to bring his career total to 54, placing him second on Pepperdine's all-time starts list. Steve Duda (1990-93) is first with 62 starts.
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 26 relief appearances, earned 11 saves and has a 2-2 record and 2.45 ERA while throwing 33.0 innings and limiting opposing batters to a .238 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 against Portland with a .308 career average. Salas, who has 248 career hits, is in 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 229 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.
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: The Waves are 7-10 against ranked opponents...After beginning the season 1-3, Pepperdine is 31-17 over its last 48 games...Pepperdine is batting .305 as a team and has a collective ERA of 3.37...The Waves are second in the WCC in batting and are tied with San Diego for first in ERA...Pepperdine has been a dominant team at home, registering a 23-9 record, batting .316 and posting a 2.63 ERA...Meanwhile, the Waves are 9-11 on the road, batting .287 and possessing a 4.64 ERA...Pepperdine is 21-13 against non-conference opponents and is batting .315 and with a 3.39 team ERA...In WCC Play, the Waves are batting .284 and have a collective ERA of 3.33...Pepperdine starting pitching has compiled an 24-12 record and 3.04 ERA while logging 293.0 innings...The Waves' bullpen has posted an 8-8 mark and 3.93 ERA...The Waves have posted at least 20 home wins for the 24th time in 35 seasons dating back to 1973 when Eddy D. Field Stadium opened...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.
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 174-74 (.702) over the last nine seasons, an average of 19.3 wins per season, captured seven divisional crowns, four conference titles and appeared in the WCC Championship Series each year of its existence. The Waves had their run of eight consecutive conference championship series appearances snapped this season. Over that same time period, San Diego has the second-best league mark, registering a 148-102-1 (.592) record, claiming two divisional titles and winning two WCC Championship Series. The Toreros won this this year's regular-season title and will host Gonzaga in the 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 prior to 2007. 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 1,783-1,251-22 (.587). 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 prior to 2007. Dating back to the start of the 1985 campaign, Pepperdine has compiled a cumulative record of 886-470-11 (.652), including a 476-166-2 (.741) 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 145-96 (.602) 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 751-289-12 (.719) 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 30 straight winning seasons at home and are 23-9 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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