Feb. 25, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - With their first win over a top-25 team now in the books, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (2-2) will play the first home game of the 2010 season against the Pepperdine Waves this Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the first game of a home-at-home-at home series.
CSUN will make the short journey to Malibu this Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game at Eddy D. Field Stadium before both teams return to Matador Field to close out the weekend series at 1:00 p.m.
Friday's and Sunday's game will be available on GameTracker, Matador baseball fans can follow Saturday's game via Pepperdine's Live Stats program. Links for all three games are available at GoMatadors.com.
Last season, the teams split the four games against one another with each successfully defeating the other on their own home diamond.
Fresh on the minds of those Matadors returning are the two games that took place in Malibu in 2009; Pepperdine defeated Northridge in walk-off fashion on both occasion as the Waves needed their final at-bat of each respective game to steal two potential victories away from the men in red.
As was the case last weekend, head coach Steve Rousey will employ the same starting rotation with right-handed pitchers Ryan Juarez, Billy Ott, and Shawn Wilyman starting on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday respectively.
The trio will look to help build upon the momentum created from the team's previous game at #18 San Diego last Tuesday as the Matadors scored seven unanswered runs in their most impressive performance on the diamond this season to defeat the Toreros on the road 7-1.
Facing their second straight West Coast Conference opponent in as many opportunities, the Pepperdine Waves enter this weekend with the same record, defeating Cal State Fullerton on the road and Oregon at home last Saturday and Sunday.
Having lost to Long Beach State in their home opener, Pepperdine will face their fourth Big West opponent this season when they head to the Valley to face Northridge as they are coming off a home loss to Cal Poly last Tuesday.
Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez will send right-handed pitcher Cole Cook to the mound to square off against Juarez, and rely on a couple of southpaws in Matt Bywater and Robert Dickman to help turn around his fortunes against coach Rousey and the Matadors.
Even though the Waves are 7-6 against Northridge over the last 10 years, Rodriguez sports a 3-4 record against CSUN during his tenure.
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