This weekend, the Pepperdine baseball team journeys to Fort Worth for the Fort Worth Super Regional, taking on TCU in a three-game series.
The winner will advance to Omaha, Neb., for the 2014 College World Series.
Pepperdine is a small university located in scenic Malibu, Calif. One look at the ocean-side campus and you would think you’re on vacation and not about to attend class.
While the school’s undergraduate population of 3,538 is less than half of TCU’s, the baseball team has proven they can hang with anyone.
The Waves defeated No. 6-ranked Cal Poly and knocked off a very talented Arizona State team on their journey to Fort Worth.
Coached by Steve Rodriguez, Pepperdine enters Fort Worth boasting a 42-16 record in overall play. They are also 17-9 on the road.
Some players to watch for this weekend are Waves pitchers Corey Miller and Aaron Brown as well as catcher Aaron Barnett.
Miller holds a 9-4 record and 1.75 ERA this season.
Brown, on the other hand, has a record of 12-1 and an ERA of 2.07. Not only can Brown pitch, he can also hit.
The Chatsworth, Calif., native has a team-high 12 homeruns and batting average of .310 this season. Brown also has a team-high 47 runs batted in.
Both pitchers were drafted in the 2013 MLB Draft, but chose not to sign with their teams.
A freshman, Barnett is hitting a team-high .373 on the season. That average is .62 better than the next highest on the team.
The Waves won the College World Series in 1992.
All the games this weekend will be televised on ESPNU.
The first game is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. while Sunday’s matchup is set for 5 p.m. If needed, the two teams will play the third and final game Monday night at 6 p.m.