January 13, 2010

Working to be the Best Off the Field as Well

Jan. 13, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - With 18 student-athletes earning a spot on the 2009 Fall semester Honor Roll, the Cal State Northridge Baseball team compiled one of the most successful team GPA's in the history of the program.

"We are very proud of the academic performance of our ballplayers this fall," stated Head Coach Steve Rousey.

"It's a great feeling to know the most important part of college athletics is being emphasized and executed on a high level in our program. These guys are prioritizing and nobody can ever take their performances in the classroom away from them!"

Eighteen ballplayers earned a 3.0 average (GPA) or higher, with five individuals finishing the semester with a 3.5 average or above.

Senior RHP Bryan Longpre finished with the highest grades on the team as he earned "A's" in all five of his classes. Even though Longpre contracted the swine flu at one point in the semester, the senior refused to let his athletic or academic endeavors decline. Not only was Longpre proactive in his efforts to maintain the highest grades possible, but he also pitched in each and every one of his scheduled appearances during the recent fall workouts.

Fall RBI leader Ryan Pineda, batting champion Dominic Piazza (.408), defensive most valuable player Dominic D'Anna, ERA champion Billy Ott (1.20 ERA), and strike-throwing champion Chris DeBoo exhibited the necessary leadership skills both on and off the diamond as each complimented their on-field awards and accomplishments with a spot on the honor roll as well.

On the diamond last season, RHP's Ryan Juarez and Paul Tremlin finished tied for the highest number of wins with seven apiece. At the plate, outfielder Billy Swanson finished the 2009 Fall season with a .380 batting average. All three were also on the team's honor roll

Freshman RHP/OF Alex Muren earned the top spot with his all-around performance. He earned a 3.4 GPA to go along with his 1.80 ERA and .380 batting avg.

"It's also good to know that our players have learned the connection between academic and athletic performance," said Rousey. "It is no accident that our academic high-achievers also performed well on the field."

"It's also important for our supporters to know that we have great, not just good, administrative support available to our players. Mandie McKonkey and Brett Sanders head up the academic support entities; they along with Michelle Almazon give our guys an extra effort beyond the call of their contractual duties. We are lucky and fortunate to have them on our team!"

Members of the Matador Baseball program who made the Fall, 2009 Honor Roll

Marty Bowen - C, Fr.

Patrick Castillo - C, Jr.

Dominic D'Anna - 1B. Jr.

Chris DeBoo - RHP, So.

Todd Eskelin - OF, Jr.

Jimmy Jolicoeur - RHP, Sr.

Ryan Juarez - RHP, Jr.

Bryan Longpre - RHP, Sr.

Alex Muren - RHP/OF, Fr.

Billy Ott - RHP, Sr.

Dominic Piazza - C, Jr.

Ryan Pineda - INF, Jr.

TS Reed - INF, Jr.

Nate Ring - UTL, Fr.

Matt Sanchez - SS, Fr.

Billy Swanson - OF, Sr.

Paul Tremlin - RHP, Jr.

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