May 22, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - A sacrifice fly in the second inning from the bat of Cal State Northridge (27-23, 8-12 BWC) right-fielder C.J. Belanger, and a superb pitching performance from starter Justen Gorski helped the Matadors win their weekend series with an 11-2 victory over the Long Beach State 49ers (22-28, 7-13 BWC).
With a win on Sunday, CSUN will be able to not only send off their seniors on a winning note, but also earn their first Big West series sweep of the season.
A pre-game ceremony will take place prior to the start of Sunday's series finale as all six members of the graduating class of 2010 will be recognized for their accomplishments and achievements as a Matador. Fans are advised to arrive early as the ceremony is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.
After scoring in their first set of at-bats in Friday's victory over the visiting 49ers, the Matadors replicated their efforts in Saturday's contest as well when Andrew Muren forced in the first run of the game by drawing a walk with the bases loaded. Moments later, Justin DeMarco would reach base on a fielder's choice, driving in Ryan Pineda who originally reached base on his single to left field.
Northridge would add another two runs in the second inning to double their lead to 4-0, a cushion that would be more than enough for Gorski to work with.
In only his fourth start of the season, the sophomore right-hander struckout three batters during his career-high 7.0 innings on the mound, allowing only three hits during his first six innings of action.
Entering Saturday's game, Gorski's previous season and career high for innings pitched were 5.0 and 6.0, respective efforts earned at San Diego on February 23rd this season, and at home against Cal State Fullerton on April 11th last season.
Were it not for a home run hit by Long Beach first baseman Joey Terdoslavich in the seventh inning, Gorski would have been only nine outs away from earning his first career shutout. Instead, he will have to settle for earning his second win in his last three starts, giving the Matadors faithful in attendance a sneek-peek of the potential success that could be earned as a member of the starting rotation in 2011.
After scoring two runs in each of the first two innings, CSUN would add another two runs in the fourth and eighth innnings, with a three-run effort sandwiched in-between during the sixth inning to defeat Long Beach by an eventual score of 11-2.
In addition to Gorski's performance, a number of Matadors had just as impressive a day at the plate as well.
Ridge Carpenter increased his batting average by 13 points with his 2-for-3 effort, with reliever Bryan Longpre bringing a fitting conclusion to the afternoon's events with his two-inning, two-strikeout stint on the mound.
During the seventh and eight innings, not one 49er batter would earn a hit against the right-hander.
Longpre is one of six seniors that will be honored Sunday afternoon, joining teammates (in alphabetical order) Belanger, Jason Dabbs, Jimmy Jolicoeur, Billy Ott, and Billy Swanson as the group of newly-minted graduates who will be competing in their final home conference game of their respective collegiate careers.
Making history as the first female tandem ever to announce a sporting event at CSUN with their broadcast of Saturday's game, the team of Tryna Tafoya and Jaclyn Rymer will return to the booth to announce the final Big West home game of the 2010 season.
Their call of Sunday's Northridge-Long Beach State game will begin shortly before first pitch which is scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. Matador baseball fans can hear all the action on their live internet broadcast, or follow along on GameTracker at GoMatadors.com.
Long Beach State 000 000 200 - 2 7 4
Matadors 220 203 020 - 11 16 1
Win - Gorski (5-2) Loss - Pinder (4-7) Save - None
T - 3:07 A - 359