CSUN To Host Pepperdine, Hawai'i This Week; Movie Night Thursday
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
The Cal State Northridge Matadors return home after a seven-game road trip and will play their next four at Matador Field this week. The week will get started on Tuesday, April 15, when the Pepperdine Waves visit the Valley. Two days later, the Hawai'i Rainbows come to the mainland for a three-game Big West Conference series beginning on Thursday, April 17th. The Matadors are looking to rebound from a series-sweep over the weekend at UC Irvine and will go for their second win of the season against Pepperdine on Tuesday. On Thursday, CSUN and Hawai'i will embark on a series that both sides need to win in order to climb in the conference standings. All four games this week will feature live stats and audio coverage available on GoMatadors.com.
GAME #36: Matadors (13-22, 2-7 Big West) vs. Pepperdine Waves (27-8, 12-3 WCC)
Tuesday, April 15 - 3 p.m.
Matador Field (1,000) - Northridge, Calif.
GAMES #37-39: Matadors vs. Hawai'i Rainbows (14-19, 2-7 Big West)
Thursday, April 17 - 3 p.m.
Friday, April 18 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 - 1 p.m.
Matador Field (1,000) - Northridge, Calif.
Movie Night Scheduled for April 17
On Thursday, April 17, following the game vs. Hawai'i, Matador Baseball will host movie night at Matador Field. All fans that attend the game are invited to stay and enjoy the movie "Field of Dreams" starring Kevin Costner on the big screen in center field. The first 100 fans will receive free popcorn or candy, and admission to Movie Night is included with your game ticket.
Immediately following the game the team will host a meet and greet and autograph session with select Matador players as well. The movie will begin at dusk (approx. 7 p.m.) and fans are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. No tents or umbrellas will be allowed. For more information about "Field of Dreams," click here.
Follow Your Matadors While On-the-Go
Fans can now follow all of the action for Cal State Northridge's 19 varsity sports right from their phone or tablet! CSUN Front Row, the official mobile app of Cal State Northridge Athletics, is available for free for your iOS and Android devices. Rather than having to navigate to GoMatadors.com from your phone, you can now catch up on the latest scores, schedules and news right from a single app. You can also access live stats coverage of a majority of CSUN home events, as well as audio and video links when available. For more information, search for CSUN Front Row on the App Store or Google Play or visit GoMatadors.com/frontrow.
A Closer Look at Pepperdine
The Pepperdine Waves enter the week with a record of 27-8 and are 12-3 in West Coast Conference play after taking two out of three games against BYU at home over the weekend. Since being defeated by the Matadors in Malibu on March 25, the Waves rattled off eight consecutive victories and have won 10 of their last 11. Tuesday afternoon will mark the first time that Pepperdine and Cal State Northridge have faced one another in Northridge since the 2010 season. CSUN won that meeting 7-6.
Aaron Barnett leads the Waves with a .354 batting average and has started in every game this season. He leads the team with 46 hits and has 16 RBIs. Aaron Brown has a .328 batting average and leads the way with six home runs and 28 RBIs while Hutton Moyer is hitting .316 with 17 doubles this season.
Jackson McClelland will get the start for the Waves on Tuesday afternoon. McClelland is a right-handed pitcher who has started in eight games so far this season and has a 5-1 record. McClelland owns a 3.77 ERA in 45.1 innings and has recorded 28 strikeouts compared to just nine walks. Should he be needed, Eric Karch has recorded all 10 saves this season as the Pepperdine closer and has a 0.90 ERA. As a staff, the Waves have a 2.19 ERA.
Following the game with CSUN, Pepperdine will return home to face the University of San Francisco in WCC play this weekend.
A Closer Look at Hawai'i
The Hawai'i Rainbows enter the week with a 14-19 overall record and are 2-7 in Big West play. The Rainbows have lost each of their last six games after winning two out of three in Santa Barbara against UCSB to open the league season. Last year, the Matadors earned a three-game sweep over Hawai'i on the road.
The Rainbows are led at the plate by Marcus Doi, who has a .345 batting average in 18 games for the team. Kaeo Aliviado is batting .294 with a pair of triples and his average is the highest among hitters with over 100 at-bats. Marc Flores is the power threat for the Rainbows, as the slugger has a .294 average with seven doubles, four home runs and 27 runs batted in this year. As a team, the Rainbows have a .240 batting average and have scored only nine fewer runs than their opponents in 33 games.
No starting rotation has been announced for Hawai'i yet, but four pitchers have combined to start all but one game this season for the Rainbows. Matt Cooper leads the starters with a 1.71 ERA in nine outings and has thrown a pair of complete games. He is 3-3 on the year and leads the way with 56 strikeouts. Jarrett Arakawa (2-1, 2.41 ERA), Scott Squier (2-3, 3.12 ERA) and Scott Kuzminsky (3-4, 3.40 ERA) are the other starters that could be called upon this weekend. As a staff, the Rainbows have a 3.56 ERA and have kept opposing hitters to a .247 batting average.