NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
With heavy hearts and deepest sympathies, the CSUN Athletics Department shares the news that former baseball catcher Marty Bowen has passed away. Bowen was a three-year starter for the Matadors (2010-12) and earned All-Big West Conference accolades as a sophomore in 2011.
"We are deeply saddened by the news of Marty's passing," said Dr. Brandon E. Martin, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "He had a tremendous impact on our baseball program and athletics department. Our hearts go out to his family, teammates, and friends."
A beloved teammate known affectionately as "The Big Cat," Bowen competed in 132 games for the Matadors over three years. As both a catcher and first baseman, he had a .281 career batting average with 13 doubles, four home runs and 49 runs batted in.
As a freshman in 2010 Bowen picked up 16 hits, five of which went for extra bases. In his collegiate debut against Connecticut he went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run, becoming the first Matador since 2006 to homer in his first career game.
His sophomore campaign proved to be his most successful in a CSUN uniform, as he led the team with a .320 batting average in 52 games. Bowen recorded 55 hits, including five doubles and a home run, to go along with 23 RBIs and 16 runs scored. He had 13 multi-hit games, including two four-hit days, and drove in multiple RBIs five times. He also threw out 12 runners trying to steal. For his work in 2011, Bowen was named to the All-Big West Conference Second Team.
In his final year with CSUN Bowen continued his productivity and consistency at the plate, picking up four doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs while hitting for a .247 average. In addition to drawing 10 more walks than in 2011 (21) Bowen struck out eight fewer times (18) and also laid down seven sacrifice bunts.
Prior to joining the Matadors, Bowen was a four-year catcher at El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., where he was a 3.0 student. In his senior season, Bowen earned a number of individual accolades after hitting .402 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs.
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