February 22, 2010

San Diego, Weekend Series With Pepperdine Up Next for Matador Baseball

Feb. 22, 2010

Matador Baseball Notes Get Acrobat Reader

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Tuesday, Feb. 23  •  Northridge at San Diego  •  Cunningham Stadium  •  San Diego, Calif.  •  2:00 p.m. PST •  GT

Friday, Feb. 26  •  Northridge vs. Pepperdine  •  Matador Field  • Northridge, Calif.  •  2:00 p.m. PST •  GT

Saturday, Feb. 27  •  Northridge at Pepperdine  •  Eddy D. Field Stadium   • Malibu, Calif.  •  1:00 p.m. PST •                                                      Live Stats (Pepperdine feed)

Sunday, Feb. 28  •  Northridge vs. Pepperdine  •  Matador Field  • Northridge, Calif.  •  1:00 p.m. PST •  GT

GT = GameTracker on GoMatadors.com  

ON THE MOUND

Tuesday, Feb. 23 • RHP Alex Muren (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs.  RHP Casey Schmidt (0-0, 3.86)

Friday, Feb. 26 • TBD vs. TBD

Saturday, Feb. 27 •  TBD vs. TBD

Sunday, Feb. 28 •  TBD vs. TBD

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors will travel to the University of San Diego to face the Toreros in a one-game series on Tuesday, February 23 before starting a home-at-home-at-home series with the Pepperdine Waves this weekend beginning with CSUN's home opener on Friday at Matador Field.

A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK

The Cal State Northridge Matadors were one of four teams who opened their respective schedule as a participant in the 2010 MLB Urban Invitational.

Last Friday, the Matadors scored nine runs in the sixth inning en route to an 18-4 victory over the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. In that game, eight different Matadors drove in a run, led by second baseman Ryan Pineda and his career-high five RBI's as he was a home run shy of hitting for-the-cycle.

Like Pineda, first baseman Dominic D'Anna finished the game batting 4-for-5 as he drove in another tthree runs of his own.

Matador pitchers Trevor Fredrickson and Jacob Petersen compined to throw 2.0 innings, allowing only one hit to their opponents as right-hander Paul Tremlin picked up his first win of the season. Pickin up his first hit as a Matador was catcher Patrick Castillo, adding to the list of highlights on opening day.

In a game that was nationally televised on the MLB Network, CSUN jumped out to an early lead, but was unable to cool of fthe bats of Souther University as the men in red were defeated by a score of 12-9.

Catcher Dominic Piazza and left-fielder C.J. Belanger hit 2-for-5 and 2-for-4 respectively, with each driving in 2 RBI's. But it was designated hitter Billy Swanson that earned player of the day honors with his 3-for-5 performance at the plate, including his first career triple, and RBI.

CSUN ended the weekend's competition at UCLA where the Bruins came-from-behind to win their second home game in three days by a score of 14-5.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

With the 2010 season for Cal State Nothridge underway, a number of former Matadors are also in the midst of their preparations as well as a number of former players were invited to compete as part of this year's Spring Training.

Led by Kameron Loe who recently signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, Richard Cates (OF, Los Angeles Angels), John Parham (C, Seattle Mariners), Mike Paulk (INF, Colorado Rockies), Jeff Pruitt (OF, Florida Marlins), P.J. Rousey (RHP, Los Angeles Angels),  and Brian Slover (RHP, Toronto) will participate and compete for their respective organizations this Spring.

Last season there were three Matadors who competed for a Major League Baseball organization. Shortstop Adam Kennedy was a member of the Oakland A's, Leo Rosales pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks, with Bill Murphy pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays

A SNEEK PEEK AT YOUR 2010 MATADORS

With their second consecutive top-40 recruiting class fully prepared for action in 2010, the Cal State Northridge Matadors possess high hopes and feel confident that they have the necessary level of talent to compete for a Big West title this season.

With 30 of the 56 scheduled games taking place at home at Matador Field, Matador baseball fans are not the only ones who will by paying close attention to the progress of this year's teams as some pundits believe that Northridge could be this year's Big West darkhorse to make a run towards a title and potential NCAA postseason berth.

Twenty-one letterwinners return for head coach Steve Rousey this season - a group that includes 10 position players and 11 pitchers.

Fourteen newcomers also grace this year's roster, a talented group comprised of five transfers and nine freshman that will battle the incumbents for playing time this season.

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME?

Five members of the 2010 team - Ridge Carpenter (Honolulu, Hawaii), Brad Decater (Sammamish, Wash.), Dominic Piazza (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Ryan Pineda (Las Vegas, Nev.), and Nathan Ring (Litchfield, Ariz.) - comprise the group of student-athletes who are not from California. Shawn Wilyman (Regina, Sask.) is the only student-athlete who is from another country as he moved from Canada to the United States to compete at the collegiate level.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS OFF THE FIELD AS WELL

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.

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.

Matadors who earned a spot on the Fall, 2009 Honor Roll include 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.), and Paul Tremlin (RHP, Jr.).

TAKE ANOTHER LOOK

Junior outfielder Todd Eskelin recently grew out his hair for donation to the Locks of Love organization. A non-profit charity that creates hairpieces for financially challenged children ages 18 and below, Eskelin donated his hair as a show of support to both his mother and stepmother; the former is currently undergoing treatment in her battle with breast cancer while the latter was victorious in her battle against the same disease. 

After growing out his hair throughout the 2009 season, Eskelin reached the predetermined length needed to donate, and received his first haircut in months this past summer. Additional information about Eskelin's story is available at http://gomatadors.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/061709aaa.html

SO HOW WAS YOUR SUMMER?

This past summer, a number of Matadors continued to hone their skills as members of a variety of teams this summer. In addition to infielder Ryan Pineda, who spent his vacation competing in the prestigious Cape Cod League on the roster of the Wareham Gatemen, two members of the pitching staff pieced together a successful summer of their own.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Chris DeBoo was named the Horizon Air Summer Series Pitcher of the Year in 2008 for his performance on the mound for the Humboldt Crabs, becoming the second consecutive pitcher from the same team to receive the award. DeBoo was also one of two Crabs named to the fifteen-member Horizon Air First Team. 

Helping his team earn the inaugural West Coast League (WCL) Tri-State title, DeBoo pitched a total of 45.1 innings in the 16 games he appeared in, finished with an unblemished 9-0 record, and possessed a miniscule 0.60 ERA, the lowest average of any pitcher in the WCL. DeBoo allowed four runs to his opposition throughout the entire summer, struckout 27 batters, walked only six batters, and earned two saves during his time in Humboldt.

Senior right-handed pitcher Bryan Longpre was a member of the Palm Springs Power Southern California baseball team this past summer and was chosen to participate in the Collegiate Baseball Association All-Star team. In that game, he pitched one inning and struck out two batters to eradicate a potential Pacific West scoring opportunity to earn the win.

During his tenure as a member of the Power pitching staff, he was the only one to finish with a 0.00 ERA (min. three innings pitched), finished with a perfect 3-0 record, and led the team with four saves. In his 22 games and 30 innings pitched, Longpre struckout 33 batters, allowed only 13 hits and seven walks.

EIGHT IS NOT (HIGH) ENOUGH

he Cal State Northridge baseball team received 19 votes for an eighth place finish in the 2010 Preseason Coaches Poll as released by the Big West Conference this week.

With seven first-place votes and 79 overall points, Cal State Fullerton was predicted to finish atop the Big West standings in 2010 as chosen by the nine head coaches in the conference.

UC Irvine received the other two first-place (71 total points) votes and finished in second place behind Fullerton with Cal Poly (60 points), Long Beach State (50 points), and UC Riverside (48 points) rounding out the top half of the poll.

The top three teams in this year's poll were also the three conference representatives in the NCAA post-season tournament in '09.

Finishing ahead of Northridge were UC Santa Barbara (36 points) and Pacific (30) in sixth and seventh place respectively, with UC Davis (12 points) finishing in ninth place.

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