March 4, 2009

Matador Baseball is Lincoln-Bound For Weekend Series

March 4, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

THIS WEEKS GAMES

Wednesday March 4 • Northridge vs. Evansville • Matador Field • 2:00 p.m. PST • Gametracker/Radio 

Friday, March 6 • Northridge at Nebraska • Hawks Field • 1:05 p.m. CST/11:05 a.m. PST • Gametracker

Saturday, March 7 • Northridge at Nebraska • Hawks field • 1:05 p.m. CST/11:05 a.m. PST • Gametracker

                                    Northridge At Nebraska (Gm. #2) • 30 min. after Gm. 31 ends • Gametracker

Sunday, March 8 • Northridge at Nebraska • Hawks Field • 1:05 p.m. CDT/11:05 a.m. PDT • Gametracker

ON THE MOUND

Wednesday, March 4 • Staff start  vs. RHP Keegan Dennis (0-0, 36.00)

Friday • RHP Ryan McCarney (0-0, 3.55)  vs. RHP Mike Nesseth (1-1, 0.75)

Saturday • RHP Ryan Juarez (2-0, 3.27)  vs. LHP Jordan Roualdes (0-1, 4.63)

                   (GM. #2) TBD  vs. RHP Erik Bird (0-0, 7.27)

Sunday • LHP Bryan Harper (0-0, 0.77)  vs. RHP Mike Mariot (0-0, 10.00)

NOTE: All four games against Nebraska will be available via Gametracker at www.goMatadors.com. Fans interested in hearing a radio broadcast can do so by signing up for free through the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletics website - www.huskers.com - as all four games will be available via internet radio, provided by the Huskers Sports Network.

Looking to rebound from their 3-0 defeat against the visiting Evansville Purple Aces (2-4), the Cal State Northridge Matadors (4-4) will look to split the two-game series in an afternoon game taking place on Wednesday at Matador Field.

First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Once that game has finished, preparations for their first true road trip of the season - their only road games this season took place at Pepperdine, just a short drive away from campus - as they head to Lincoln to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-3-1).

 

This weekend’s series against the Nebraska Cornhuskers will be the first true series between these two teams in each school’s respective history. The Matadors hold a 4-2 advantage over the ‘Huskers, with each meeting taking place as a one-off games during tournament play.

Led by junior outfielder Tyler Farst (.435, 4 RBI’s) and freshman infielder Cody Asche (.360, 4 RBI’s), the Huskers currently possess a 5-3-1 record as of March 4th, good for seventh place in the Big 12 Conference.

One ‘Husker to keep your eyes on when at-bat is Adam Bailey. The junior outfielder  currently leads the team with four home runs, and 11 RBI’s. Senior infielder Jeff Tezak is the main ‘Husker threat on the basepaths as he has stolen three bases in as many attempts throughout the season.

With two weeks of the season already in the books, a number of Cal State Northridge Matador players are leading the Big West Conference in a variety of categories (as of March 3rd).

Third baseman Ryan Pineda is tied for the highest slugging percentage with Cal State Fullerton’s Khris Davis at .808, and is the sole leader with his .563 on-base percentage. His 21 total bases ties him with Davis once again, while his Matador teammate, centerfielder Jeff Pruitt leads all Big West players with eight walks, and six stolen bases.    

As a team, the Matador’s 3.16 earned run average is the conference’s best mark, while their three overall saves ties them with UC Irvine for the top spot in that category. 

Having already swept one Big-12 foe this season, the Matadors will look to add another name to the list once they land in Nebraska Thursday evening.

After completing a six-game home-stand, CSUN will now play its next four games on the road at Nebraska, before returning to Northridge for another eight straight games at Matador Field. First up for the men in red are the San Jose State Spartans as they head south for three games beginning March 13th. That game is scheduled to take place at 3:00 p.m.

 

 

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