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Pepperdine Opens NCAA Regional Play Friday vs. Arizona State

May 29, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Pepperdine opens play in the 2014 NCAA San Luis Obispo Regional starting Friday, May 30 at Baggett Stadum. The Waves drew the third seed in the four-team regional hosted by the Mustangs. Pepperdine will play second-seeded Arizona State in the opening game of the tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. (PT).

Top-seeded Cal Poly will play fourth-seed Sacramento State at 7 p.m. on Friday as well. The San Luis Obispo region is one of just two on the West Coast. The winner of the region will play the winner of the Fort Worth, Texas regional which includes #1 TCU, #2 Dallas Baptist, #3 Sam Houston State and #4 Siena.

The Waves (39-16) earned an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the WCC Tournament on Saturday. Cal Poly (45-10) won the Big West and Sacramento State (39-22) won the WAC to both earn automatic bids to the tournament as well. Arizona State (33-22) comes in as an at-large bid from the Pac-12.

WCC QUICK HITS

  • San Diego turned in a remarkable offensive season and ranked in the top-10 nationally in multiple offensive categories including batting average (3rd/.315), doubles per game (2nd/2.24) and on-base percentage (8th/.396). 
  • Pepperdine owns one of the nation's best pitching staffs and ranks in the top-25 in several national categories, including ERA (11th/2.52), hits allowed (18th/7.57) and WHIP (18th/1.19).
  • Three WCC teams ranked in the top-50 nationally in fielding percentage, paced by Pepperdine (25th/.975). San Francisco (31st) and Loyola Marymount (47th) also excelled defensively.
  • One year removed from winning just one league game, Santa Clara posted a 16-11 record (+15) and qualified for a berth in the WCC Championship. The Broncos were +12 overall from 2013. 
  • BYU's Kolton Mahoney tossed a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory against Nicholls State (3/6/14). It was the seventh no-hitter in program history. 
  • Aaron Barnett (2nd/.378) and Loyola Marymount's Austin Miller (4th/.374) qualify with more than 200 career at-bats. 
  • Loyola Marymount's Bret Dahlson tied the WCC career saves record and finished his career ranked No. 8 among active leaders with 28 saves in 82 appearances.
  • Pepperdine's Corey Miller is ranked in the top-50 in two national career categories. Miller is 23rd in career innings (315.0) and is 41st in strikeouts (229). 

WCC ON WATCH LISTS

  • WCC Pitcher of the Year  Aaron Brown of Pepperdine and WCC Player of the Year Connor Joe of San Diego are semifinalists for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award, presented to the top player in amateur baseball. San Diego's Kris Bryant won the award in 2013 - the first for a WCC student-athlete. 
  • WCC Pitcher of the Year Aaron Brown of Pepperdine is a finalist for the John Olerud Award presented to the nation's top two-way player. Gonzaga's Marco Gonzalez won the award in 2013. Brown is also a finalist for National Pitcher of the Year.
  • San Diego's Kyle Holder is on the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List presented to the top shortstop in collegiate baseball. Pepperdine's Zach Vincej won the honor in 2012. 
  • San Diego's Andrew Daniel is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award, presented to top player in collegiate baseball. San Diego's Kris Bryant won the award in 2013 - the first for a WCC student-athlete.