March 25, 2010
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
Tuesday, March 16: Northridge 13, UNLV 7
Friday, March 19: Northridge 5, Seattle 4
Saturday, March 20 (Gm. 1): Northridge 10, Seattle 5
Saturday, March 20 (Gm. 2): Northridge 6, Seattle 4
Sunday, March 21: Northridge 18, Seattle 8
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, March 26: Vs. Sacramento State • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 3 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Saturday, March 27: Vs. Sacramento State • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 1 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Sunday, March 28: Vs. Sacramento State • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 1 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Monday, March 29: Vs. University at Albany • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 3 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Friday: RHP Ryan Juarez (1-1, 3.93) vs. LHP Logan Todd (1-1, 4.98)
Saturday: RHP Paul Tremlin (4-1, 4.91) vs. RHP Jesse Darrah (1-2, 4.55)
Sunday: RHP Shawn Wilyman (1-2, 6.39) vs. LHP Jose Ramirez (0-1, 5.18)
Monday: RHP Alex Muren (1-0, 4.20) vs. TBD
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Victorious in nine of their last ten games, the Cal State Northridge Matadors will look to extend their five-game win streak during their season-long seven game homestand beginning this weekend against Sacramento State and the University of Albany.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Cal State Northridge will begin a season-long seven game homestand against the Sacramento State Hornets and the University at Albany Great Danes this weekend.
Squaring off against the Hornets for the first time since the 2002 season, the Matadors will bring with them a six-game winning streak against the Hornets to Matador Field during their three-game series this Friday-Sunday.
Having previously faced one another 63 times before this weekend, CSUN possesses a 42-21 record against Sacramento State.
Coming off an unbeaten week of action in games against UNLV and Seattle last week, the Matadors will face a Hornet team currently in seventh place in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and on a four-game slide after being swept in all three games at Arizona, and defeated at Saint Mary’s last week.
Rounding out this weekend’s schedule of games is a one-off series against the visiting University of Albany Great Danes.
Traveling through California on a six-game road trip of their own, Albany will play three games at LMU from Friday-Sunday before making the short drive to the Valley on Monday.
Afterwards, the Great Danes will drive north for two, one-game series against Santa Clara and Sacramento State before heading home.
Currently occupying sixth place in the America East Conference (other conference teams include Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, Stony Brook, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and celebrating their 10th season at the Division-I level, Monday’s contest will serve as the inaugural game between the Matadors and the Great Danes.
HOME SWEET HOME
Beginning this weekend with games against Sacramento State and the University at Albany, the Matadors will begin a very home-heavy portion of their schedule.
With their three games against Sacramento State, one game against Albany, and three games against UC Irvine to begin Big West action, the Matadors will begin their longest home-stand of the season - seven games - this Friday.
In total, 16 of CSUN’s next 22 games will take place at Matador Field as Northridge will also face Cal State Bakersfield, San Diego State, Cal Poly, and UC Davis before beginning a season-long seven-game road trip.
The Matadors will compete in six road games from now until May 7th; CSUN will travel to Malibu to face Pepperdine on April 5th (rescheduled game that was originally scheduled to take place on February 27th but postponed due to rain) and 6th, Cal State Bakersfield on April 9th before traveling to Stockton for three games against Pacific from April 23rd-26th.
LET'S GO STREAKING
Entering this week’s schedule of games, first baseman Dominic D’Anna and designated hitter/outfielder Nate Ring are carrying sizeable hit streaks of their own.
D’Anna has crafted a team-high 12 game hit streak that stretches back to CSUN’s fifth game of the season against Pepperdine (Feb. 26). Were it not for a hitless performance against San Diego last February, the first baseman would have earned a hit in every game played this season.
Ring has hit safely in the last nine games that he has competed in, a streak that began on March 10th against #11 East Carolina.
Tim Arroyo (1999-2002) hold the Northridge record for consecutive games with a hit as the former first baseman hit safely in 25 consecutive games, a streak that began on February 23, 2001 and ended on April 7.
RUNNING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
With only 19 games played this season, the 2010 Matadors are poised to add their names to the record books. In the Big West Conference, three of the top-ten base-stealers can be found on CSUN’s roster; with 13, 12 and seven stolen bases respectively left-fielder Ridge Carpenter, second baseman Ryan Pineda, and centerfielder Drew Muren are on pace to etch their names in the Matador record books as well. Only 20 bases need to be stolen to crack the top-ten as Craig Warner (1969 season) and Scott Richardson (1991 and ‘92) are tied for 9th place with 20 steals. As a team, CSUN leads the conference with 40 stolen bases and are on-pace to obliterate the current single-season record of 99 bases swiped during the 1999 campaign.
With one swing of the bat last Saturday in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader against Seattle University, third baseman Justin DeMarco added his name to an ever-expanding list of Matadors who have hit a grand slam this season. The very next day, as part of a two-home run performance in last Sunday’s game, second baseman Ryan Pineda emptied the bases with his first career grand slam. Including centerfield Drew Muren, who hit a game-winning grand slam in CSUN’s come-from-behind victory against #11 East Carolina. The three grand slams are the most hit in any one season, a new program record.
DEUCES ARE WILD
On March 14, 2009 Ryan Pineda hit two home runs in one game, a feat that would take another 365 days to take place once again when shortstop Brad Decater was one of two Matadors to hit multiple home runs in one game. It only took two more days for that feat to happen again when Decater became the first Matador in school history to hit two home runs in one game, on two consecutive occasions.
BREAK OUT THE BROOMS
In the final series of the 1998 season, the Cal State Northridge swept all four games of their series against Southern Utah. Since then, no Matador team was able to sweep an entire four-game weekend series until the 2010 ended their trip to Washington from March 19-21 with four straight victories over Seattle University.
LEADING THE WAY
Entering the sixth week of the season, various Matadors can be found atop the Big West Conference in a variety of categories.
C.J. Belanger: .417 Batting Avg. (T-3rd), .482 On-Base Pct. (4th), 30 Hits (3rd), 30 Total Bases (10th)
Ridge Carpenter: 13 stolen bases (1st)
Dominic D'Anna: .710 Slugging Pct. (3rd), .471 On-Base Pct. (7th), 20 Runs Scored (6th), 26 Hits (T-7th), 23 RBI’s (2nd), Eight Doubles (T-2nd), Five Home Runs (T-2nd), 49 Total Bases (T-3rd) 11 Walks (T-5th), Three Sacrifice Flies (T-1st)
Brad Decater: Four Home Runs (T-5th)
Justin DeMarco: .480 On-Base Pct. (5th), 17 Runs Scored (T-8th), Seven Doubles (T-5th), 13 Walks (3rd)
Justen Gorski: 2 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd)
Jimmy Jolicoeur: 3 Saves (T-1st)
Ryan Juarez: .235 Opposing Batting Avg. (8th), 34.1 Innings Pitched (T-6th), 25 Batters Struckout (7th)
Drew Muren: Five Stolen Bases (T-5th), 17 Runs Scored (T-8th), Seven Stolen Bases (T-5th)
Ryan Pineda: .617 Slugging Pct. (8th), 27 Runs Scored (1st), 26 hits (T-7th), 26 RBI’s (1st), Six Home Runs (1st), 50 Total Bases (2nd), Five Hit-By-Pitches (T-5th), 12 Stolen Bases (T-2nd)
TS Reed: Five Sacrifice Bunts (T-3rd)
Paul Tremlin: Four Wins (T-2nd)
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After 19 games played this season, the Matador bats have vaulted the 2010 team atop a variety of team statistics as well. CSUN sits atop the conference with their 158 runs scored, 147 runs batted in, 23 home runs, and 342 total bases. CSUN’s .319 team batting average and .483 slugging percentage ranks second behind Pacific and their .343 average and .498 percentage, while the Matador’s .402 on-base percentage is second-best only to UCSB and their .404 mark.
LIGHT UP THE SCOREBOARD
The Cal State Northridge bats have been on fire during their three-game series against Loyola Marymount as the Matadors have already scored a combined 35 runs against the Lions. The Matadors have scored their fair share of runs against various opponents throughout the Steve Rousey era as the list below highlights some of the Matadors’ most productive three-game series.
(Opponent: Season, Runs Scored)
Pacific Tigers: 2004, 50
Loyola Marymount Lions: 2010, 35
Northwestern Wildcats: 2005, 32
UC Irvine Anteaters: 2004, 29
UNLV Rebels: 2007, 29
New Mexico State Aggies: 2005, 28
UC Davis Aggies: 2006, 27
Nevada Wolfpack: 2006, 26
Northwestern Wildcats: 2008, 26
WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS BEFORE?
It was one year ago to the day in 2009 when second baseman Ryan Pineda hit two home runs in a game; a feat that would happen twice in the same game when first baseman Dominic D’Anna and shortstop Brad Decater hit multiple home runs on March 14 vs. LMU. Of the five home runs hit off Matador bats that afternoon, the duo were responsible for four of them.
MAKING THE MOST OF A FIRST IMPRESSION
On Sunday, February 6th against Connecticut, freshman catcher Marty Bowen definitely made a strong first impression on the CSUN faithful as he not only made his first career start, but also hit a home run in the same game. Only two individuals during the Steve Rousey era have earned this accomplishment as former outfielder Brett Blumenthal hit a home run in his first career start as a Matador when CSUN traveled to Tempe to face Arizona State on January 27, 2006.
I GOTTA SAY IT WAS A GOOD DAY
During CSUN’s games against Connecticut, ECU, and LMU a number of Matadors either set or tied their career highs with their respective performances.
Third baseman Justin DeMarco added another four hits to his total against Connecticut on March 7th, setting a new career high.
Teammate Billy Ott was another Matador who performed solidly; against ECU the right-hander fanned seven Pirates to tie his career high.
Ryan Juarez turned a splendid performance against LMU later in the week when the right-hander struckout eight LMU batters to tie his career high.
Also setting career highs against LMU was right-hander Paul Tremlin as he struckout seven batters in his seven innings of scoreless baseball thrown. Even more remarkable was the fact that Tremlin threw a no-hitter for the first 6.1 innings of the game before exiting after seven innings, yielding only two hits to the Lions.
BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For his efforts at #18 San Diego and vs. Pepperdine during the last week of February, Cal State Northridge's Ryan Pineda and Long Beach State's Steve Tinoco earned Big West Baseball Co-Field Player of the Week honors.
Pineda led the Matadors to three wins against West Coast Conference teams by hitting 6-for-15 (.400) with four runs scored and three RBI’s. He added four stolen bases in the three contests.
His biggest hit was a two-run walk-off home run in Sunday’s 7-6 come-from-behind win over Pepperdine as the Las Vegas, Nev. native went 3-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases in the game.
Tinoco had a huge effort at the dish in three games, helping Long Beach State to a 2-1 record. He hit 8-for-10 (.800) with three runs scored and five RBI’s. Tinoco had six hits in eight at bats in a road sweep of Arizona as the 49ers won 8-7 and 10-3.
PIAZZA MAKES JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Even though the 2010 season is only a few weeks old, junior transfer Dominic Piazza has already made a deep impression as he has been nominated to the official watch list for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by Papa John's Pizza.
Organized and announced by The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission earlier this week, fifty-three catchers were nominated for the award given to the top Division-I collegiate catcher. Additional candidates can be added to the list until May 5, 2010 when the watch list will be narrowed down to ten semifinalists, whom will be announced May 19, 2010.
At that time, ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of the regular season in May for a vote to determine three finalists; the trio will be announced on June 2, 2010 prior to the NCAA Regionals and Major League Baseball Draft. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series, all finalists will then travel to Wichita and attend the 13th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1, 2010 where the winner will be announced.
Named after the former Cincinnati Reds catcher, he was the first ballplayer to use a protective helmet in the field, popularized catching one-handed and kept his throwing hand behind his back to protect it from foul tips.
Bench's career honors include: National League Rookie of the Year (1968); National League Most Valuable Player (1970, 1972); World Series Most Valuable Player (1976); 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. In 1980, he set an endurance record by catching 100+ games for 13 consecutive seasons. Bench was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989 with the fourth highest percentage of total votes cast.