WACO, Texas – Steve Rodriguez, who enjoyed a successful playing and coaching career at Pepperdine University, has been selected as Baylor University’s 19th head baseball coach, Vice President and Director of Athletics Ian McCaw announced.”We are excited to introduce Steve Rodriguez and welcome him and his family to Baylor,” McCaw said. “Steve is a dynamic leader, players’ coach, tireless recruiter and wonderful mission fit for our program. His highly successful coaching career and major league baseball playing experience will afford our student-athletes a rewarding experience as we build a championship program.” Continue reading Baylor names Steve Rodriguez as head coach
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine Baseball Head Coach Steve Rodriguez announced the team’s 2015 schedule this week and it includes 26 non-conference contests to go along with the full slate of WCC action.
The defending WCC champs start the year playing 11 of their first 12 games at home, before going on the road against perennial title contender Cal State Fullerton and then heading north for a three-game showdown at Pac-12 foe Washington. Continue reading Pepperdine releases 2015 Schedule
Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez served as an assistant coach this summer with the USA Collegiate National Team which played around the world including in Cuba. You can check out the video interview below. Continue reading Pepperdine’s Steve Rodriguez talks about Team USA Experience
FORT WORTH – Pepperdine withstood a late rally from TCU to force a decisive game three with a 3-2 victory Sunday night in the NCAA Fort Worth Super Regional. Game time Monday has been changed to 3 p.m. and it will air live on ESPN2.
FORT WORTH – The trio of Brandon Finnegan, Trey Teakell and Riley Ferrell helped TCU to a game one, 3-2 victory over Pepperdine in the NCAA Super Regional Saturday afternoon. Derek Odell led the offense with two hits and two RBIs. Continue reading 2014 Fort Worth Super Regional: TCU 3 Pepperdine 2
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly and Regional winner’s bracket games just don’t seem to get along. And routine flyballs are the instigator.
For the second year in a row, a flyball that should have been a routine out changed the momentum of Cal Poly’s Regional winner’s bracket contest. Pepperdine (41-16) took advantage, scoring two runs in the seventh inning to take a 2-1 victory Saturday night at Baggett Stadium.
“That was a tough one. We let an opportunity slide by,” Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee said. “Casey [Bloomquist] has been our most consistent pitcher all year. He showed that again tonight.”
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Arizona State couldn’t recover from an early 3-0 deficit after ace Brett Lilek left 15 pitches into his start after injuring his sternum.
The Pepperdine Waves scored a run off Lilek and two off Seth Martinez before he settled into a groove and held on for a 3-2 victory in the opening game of the San Luis Obispo Regional Friday afternoon at Baggett Stadium.
Austin Davidson’s two-run double in the second inning put the Waves ahead 3-0 and that proved to be enough.
Arizona State got a homer from Trever Allen in the second inning and an RBI single from Nathaniel Causey in the fourth inning, but could get nothing else off Corey Miller (7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) and the combined relief efforts of Chandler Blanchard and Eric Karch.
Seth Martinez allowed three hits and two earned runs in 6.1 innings of strong relief that included him sitting down 16 straight at one point.
Full recap & photo gallery — CBD Photo Gallery: Waves Win After Lilek Leaves Early
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Cal Poly 4, Sacramento State 2
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly jumped on Sacramento State freshman starter Sam Long for four runs in the first four innings and cruised to a 4-2 victory in the opening round of the San Luis Obispo Regional.
The Mustangs (46-10) scored singled runs in the second and third innings and two runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead and the combination of Matt Imhof (7.2 IP, 3 H, ER) and Reed Reilly did the rest Friday night at Baggett Stadium.
Sacramento State (39-23) got on the board with two runs in the eighth inning, but could have done much more damage after loading the bases with no outs. But the Hornets grounded into a double play the drastically diminished the threat level.
No. 9 hitter John Schucknecht led the way for Cal Poly going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI triple. Mark Mathias was 2-for-4 and drove in Schucknecht twice.
The Hornets managed only three hits in the game with two of those via No. 9 hitter Scott Loper.
Full recap & photo gallery — CBD Photo Gallery: No Deja Vu For Imhof in NCAA Regionals
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The opening day of NCAA Regional play is one of the most intriguing days of baseball, especially if you like good pitching. Nearly every team throws their ace, making for some fantastic pitching duels.
But what happens when your ace leaves early? That’s what happened to Arizona State on Friday afternoon at Baggett Stadium. Lilek injured his sternum in the first inning trying to make a defensive play and had to leave the game after only 15 pitches.