Former Matadors Attl, Williams Meet in Gulf Coast League
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
After a season in which the Cal State Northridge Matadors finished in a tie for fourth in the Big West Conference, both junior outfielder Miles Williams and senior shortstop Kyle Attl took the step to the professional ranks. Williams, a 15th-round draft choice by the Miami Marlins, and Attl, a rookie free agent signed by the Washington Nationals, have each been assigned to their respective organizations' team in the Gulf Coast League.
In three seasons with the Matadors, Williams had a .250 batting average with 15 home runs, 11 doubles and 57 RBIs. In addition, Williams produced six sacrifice bunts and stole seven bases in nine attempts. As a junior in 2013, Williams hit .226 but had an impressive eight home runs and 27 RBIs in just 24 games.
Attl, one of the top players all-around at his position the past four years, finished out his senior season in 2013. He appeared in all 57 games for the Matadors and had 10 doubles, three home runs and 28 RBIs while hitting a career-high .269 at the plate. Attl also tied for second in single season sacrifice bunts at CSUN with 11. In his career, Attl had a .244 batting average, 24 doubles, eight home runs, 65 RBIs and 75 runs scored.
Two games after last competing as teammates, the pair will occupy opposing dugouts this week as the GCL begins its season.
Attl's GCL Nationals faced off against Williams' GCL Marlins in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday afternoon, with the Nationals winning 4-1. Attl, as the designated hitter, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Although he did not play on Monday, Williams is 2-for-5 (.400) with a double, three runs batted in and three walks in two games so far this season.
The second game between the two sides is set for Tuesday, June 25 in Viera, Fla., at 12 p.m. EDT.
[EDIT: July 22, 2013 8:59 a.m. - The article above has been updated to show that Attl's 11 sacrifice bunts tie for second in a single season in CSUN history. Justin De Marco holds the record with 15 in 2008.]