June 7, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Junior All-American right hander Barry Enright, who ranks second on Pepperdine's all-time wins list and is tied for fourth in West Coast Conference (WCC) annals, was selected in the second round (73rd overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks during Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft that opened on Thursday.
Enright is the highest-drafted Pepperdine player since All-American pitchers Noah Lowry and Dan Haren were selected in the first and second rounds, respectively, in 2001. Lowry was the 30th overall pick by the San Francisco Giants while Haren was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Enright's selection marks the 16th consecutive year that Pepperdine has had at least one player selected in the annual draft and becomes the first Waves' player ever drafted by the Diamondbacks.
In his three seasons at Pepperdine, Enright compiled an overall record of 35-8 and 3.44 ERA while appearing in 57 games, starting 56. He concluded his junior season ranked No. 1 in school history in fewest walks allowed per nine innings (1.58), fourth in innings pitched (353.0) and second in games started.
As a junior, Enright was tabbed a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and was a unanimous All-WCC selection after posting a 12-5 record and 1.99 ERA in 18 starts. His win total ties for fifth in the country while his ERA is 18th.
Enright established career-highs for innings pitched (131.1) and strikeouts (91) while walking a career-low 14 batters and limiting opposing batters to a .240 average.
The Stockton, California, native was named to the preseason watch list for the Blake Wallace Award, given annually to college baseball's top player, and was a semi-finalist for the Roger Clemens Award, Dick Howser Trophy and the USA Golden Spikes Award.
As a junior, Enright was named the WCC's Co-Pitcher of the Year after posting a 13-2 record and 4.05 ERA while establishing career-highs for appearances (21) and games started (20). He went 10-1 with a 4.62 ERA as a rookie, earning Freshman All-American and WCC Freshman of the Year honors.
Enright was impressive in WCC play during his career, posting an 18-2 mark and 2.91 ERA in 24 appearances. He won his first 17 decisions before suffering his first conference loss in April.