Four Matadors Named All-Big West Conference Honorable Mention
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Following the program's best conference finish in 11 seasons, four Cal State Northridge baseball players were named to the All-Big West Conference Team, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon. Joshua Goossen-Brown, Jerry Keel, Cal Vogelsang, and Alexis Mercado were each selected as Honorable Mentions by the conference's head coaches.
Goossen-Brown finished the year third on the team with a .279 batting average as the squad's first baseman. He lead the Matadors with 60 hits in 2013, including 10 doubles, a triple and two home runs, and also finished tied for third in the Big West with 47 runs batted in. Goossen-Brown appeared in all but one game for Northridge in his junior season and led the league with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 442 chances, the most of any fielder without an error this year. He his .318 against Big West opponents and drove in 26 runs in conference games to finish second in the league.
In addition, Goossen-Brown went 2-3 with a 4.01 ERA on the mound for the Matadors and also collected nine saves. His saves total ties for first all-time in a single season at CSUN and his 15 career saves also tie for the all-time mark.
Keel, the conference's reigning Freshman Pitcher of the Year, earned a spot as an Honorable Mention after going 7-3 with a 2.59 ERA that ranked him sixth in the Big West. He pitched a pair of complete games this year, at Hawai'i and against Pacific, and struck out 69 batters while walking 21 in 93.2 innings of work. Keel finished 10th in the league in strikeouts and was third with 24 strikeouts looking. In conference games, he went 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA and nearly had a 4:1 strikeouts to walks ratio (42:12).
Vogelsang led the Matadors in an injury-shortened season with a .316 batting average at the plate. He scored 13 runs and collected six doubles while driving in 16 runs in 26 games. In addition, Vogelsang sported an on-base percentage of .337, stole three bases and ranked second on the team with seven sacrifice bunts. He also tied for sixth in the conference with four sacrifice flies in his senior year. In 15 conference games, Vogelsang hit .379 with 22 hits and two doubles. His on-base percentage rose 30 points to .367 and he did not commit an error in the field.
Mercado, the team's everyday catcher, hit .275 this season and appeared in all but two games for the Matadors. He tallied 55 hits and finished in a tie for fourth in the Big West with 16 doubles. He also hit a home run, his first career homer, and drove in 26 runs for Northridge. In addition, Mercado dropped down six sac bunts and stole five bases on the season. Behind the plate, he picked off one runner and caught 12 trying to steal. In conference games, Mercado was second on the team with a .324 batting average and 34 hits while smacking eight doubles and scoring 15 runs.
The Matadors finished the 2013 season with a 31-26 record and a mark of 15-12 in the Big West, good for a fourth-place finish.