March 12, 2009

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March 12, 2009

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Friday, March 13 - Northridge vs. San Jose State - Matador Field  3:00 p.m. - Gametracker/Radio

Saturday, March 14 - Northridge vs. San Jose State - Matador Field  1:00 p.m. - Gametracker

Sunday, March 15 - Northridge vs. San Jose State - Matador Field  1:00 p.m. - Gametraker/Radio

ON THE MOUND

Friday, March 13 - RHP Ryan "China" McCarney (0-1, 5.60) vs. LHP David Berner (3-0, 2.55)

Saturday, March 14 - RHP Ryan Juarez (2-1, 7.20) vs. LHP Max Peterson (2-0, 3.26)

Sunday, March 15 - LHP Bryan Harper (0-1, 3.21)  vs. RHP Scott Sobczak (2-0, 2.70)

After a tough series against the Nebraska Cornhuskers last weekend, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (5-8) return to Matador Field to face the #25-ranked San Jose State Spartans in a three-game series this weekend.

Friday's game kicks off an eight-game homestand; three games against San Jose, one against BYU next Tuesday, and four games next weekend against the Columbia Lions before the men in red hit the road once again.

Northridge currently possesses a 5-2 record at home, and look to improve upon that record during the next two weeks against a team that began the season winning nine consecutive games before dropping the last two against the University of San Francisco and Cal Poly by one run each.

The Spartans will make their first appearance at Matador Field since 1992 when they were swept by CSUN in three games, an outcome the current squad would like to replilcate.

After having the last three days off to recover from their last series and prepare for their next one, the Matadors have already begun the week on a positive note after learning that one of their teammates, third baseman Ryan Pineda was named with Matador Softball's first baseman Jaclyn Rymer as Cal State Northridge's Big West Student Athletes; an honor that was shared by sixteen of their peers in a ceremony held Thursday in Anaheim, site of the Big West Men's and Women's Basketball tournament.

Going into the weekend, the Matadors currently hold a 6-2 advantage over the Spartans, and a three-game winning streak over their WAC counterparts who have never defeated CSUN at Matador Field.

The Spartans only two wins over Northridge took place in 1991 and 1990 at Municipal Stadium in San Jose.

Baseball fans should keep an eye on Pineda and first baseman Dominic D'Anna as they currently possess two of the top three hitting streaks in the Big West Conference. Pineda has hit safely in all 13 games Northridge has competed in, while his counterpart across the diamond has hit safely in the last 10 contests.

Matador baseball fans can follow all the action between the Matadors and the Spartans online through Gametracker, a free program provided by Cal State Northridge and CSTV that enables fans to follow all the action live from any computer with an internet connection. Both Friday's and Sunday's contest will be broadcasted by Dave Caldwell, the voice of Cal State Northridge Baseball and Women's Basketball programs. To listen live, click on the "Live Audio" link located on the schedule page located at www.GoMatadors.com and/or the Baseball homepage.

 

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