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SPORTSSCOPE : Powerful Waves, With 4 All-Stars, to Play Bruins in Baseball Opener

January 28, 1988

The Pepperdine baseball team will open the season against UCLA at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jackie Robinson Stadium at the Veterans Administration in West Los Angeles.

The Waves were 48-12-3 last year and made their third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Bruins were 40-25-1 and went to the NCAAs for the second consecutive year.

Pepperdine Coach Dave Gorrie has 17 lettermen, including four who were named to the All-West Coast Athletic Conference team: outfielder Rick Hirtensteiner, first baseman Scott Shockey and pitchers Doug Simons and Craig Stiveson.

Gorrie said he expects an excellent defense and sound pitching but is "a little concerned about offense. We lack the experience and power of last season, but I think this group is capable of scoring."

The Bruins of Coach Gary Adams are led by first baseman Eric Karros and center fielder Charlie Fiacco, both named to the All-Pacific 10 Conference team last season.

Pepperdine will play an alumni team at 1 p.m. Saturday at Eddy D. Field Stadium on the Malibu campus.

The UCLA women's basketball team, 11-6 overall and 4-1 in Pac-10 Conference action, will play conference games at Washington State (6-8, 1-4) tonight and Washington (13-2, 5-0) Saturday night.

Last week the Bruins defeated Arizona, 87-62, and Arizona State, 71-64, in Westwood. UCLA sophomore forward Sandra VanEmbricqs scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against the Wildcats and had 18 points and 8 rebounds against Arizona State.

Three Washington State players are scoring in double figures. Forward Jonni Gray is averaging 14.2 points, forward Angie Weir 11.5 and center Juli Reynvaan 11.

Washington, which plays host to USC tonight, has won seven straight games, including a 77-60 victory over Stanford two weeks ago, the first defeat of the season for the Cardinal. The Huskies rely on balanced scoring, with all their starters at or near double figures, and lead the Pac-10 in defense, allowing 59.2 points a game.

The Pepperdine women's basketball team, 9-8 overall and 2-2 in the West Coast Athletic Conference, is in the Pacific Northwest this week. The Waves will face Portland (8-7, 3-1) tonight and Gonzaga (11-6, 4-0) Saturday night.

Last week the Waves split home games with the same teams, losing to Gonzaga, 60-59, and defeating Portland, 75-48.

Pepperdine forward Earnesta Grace leads the team with a 13.8-point average and in rebounding (5.8), field goal percentage (54.5%), blocked shots (40) and steals (56).

The Pepperdine men's volleyball team will play host to Cal State Northridge in a Western Intercollegiate Volleyball Assn. match at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Waves, 1-1 overall as the week began, lost a 4-game, 2 1/2-hour match to UCLA in last week's Kilgour Cup in Westwood. The scores were 15-5, 10-15, 18-16, 15-12. Pepperdine was led by freshman Geoff Hart with 23 kills and junior Randy Bergstedt with 21.

The UCLA men's swim team, 4-0 in dual meets at the start of the week, will play host to a group of U. S. national team swimmers at noon Saturday at the UCLA men's pool. Admission is free.

Four former college All-Americans will lead the visitors: Tom Jager of UCLA, Matt Biondi of Berkeley and Jeff Kostoff and Jon Moffett of Stanford.

Coach Ron Ballatore's Bruins are paced by Craig Oppel, who won his first national title in the 200-meter freestyle last summer at the Long Course Nationals, and Giovanni Minervini, who swam the world's second-fastest time of 1:02.23 at last summer's European Championships.

The Pepperdine women's swim team, 9-2 overall, will be at USC, ranked eighth nationally, for a dual meet at 2 p.m. Friday.

Last week the Waves won a road meet from Fresno State, 141-106, and a double-dual meet at home by defeating Cal State Los Angeles, 70-9, and Loyola Marymount, 74-7.

Double winners for Pepperdine against Fresno State were freshman Jeryll Reed in the 100-yard (1:07.17) and 200 (2:24.51) backstrokes and junior Jennifer Gutierrez in the 500-yard (5:26) and 1,000 freestyles (11:16.87).

The No. 9-ranked UCLA women's swim team, 7-4 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10 Conference, will entertain USC at noon Feb. 6 at the men's pool. Last week the Bruins lost to Stanford, 157-111.

The No. 4 Pepperdine men's tennis team will play host to No. 11 UC Irvine at 1:30 p.m. Friday, to San Diego State at 1:30 p.m. Monday and to No. 3 USC at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Last week Pepperdine's Robbie Weiss added a third preseason college tournament championship to his string. In the final of the Adidas Tournament in Huntington Beach, Weiss defeated USC's Scott Melville, the top-ranked singles player before the season, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Weiss also won singles titles in the Citrus Bowl and National Collegiate tournaments.

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