Matadors Take Four-Game Win Streak to San Luis Obispo This Weekend

April 2, 2009

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

This Week's Games - All Three Games Will Be Televised Online at www.bigwest.org/tv

Friday, April 3 • Northridge at Cal Poly • Baggett Stadium • San Luis Obispo, Calif. • 6:00 p.m. PDT •                   Gametracker/Radio/Video

Saturday, April 4 • Northridge at Cal Poly • Baggett Stadium • San Luis Obispo, Calif. • 6:00 p.m. PDT •                Gametracker/Radio/Video

Sunday, April 5 • Northridge at Cal Poly • Baggett Stadium • San Luis Obispo, Calif. • 1:00 p.m. PDT •                  Gametracker/Radio/Video

On The Mound

Friday • RHP Ryan Juarez (4-2, 5.50)  vs. RHP DJ Mauldin (3-2, 2.89)

Saturday • RHP Billy Ott (1-1, 6.30) vs. LHP Matt Leonard (3-1, 6.82)

Sunday • RHP Ryan McCarney (0-1, 4.66) vs. RHP Mason Radeke (1-1, 9.53)

Last Time Out

 

The Cal State Northridge Matadors (13-14) continued their winning ways against the UNLV Rebels (13-15) Wednesday afternoon as they extended their winning streak to four games with a 9-4 victory.

Matador starting pitcher Paul Tremlin picked up the win (3-1) as he was one of eight pitchers to take the mound for Northridge today to secure the thirteenth victory of the season for CSUN.

Similar to Tuesday's game, the Matadors took an early lead as they scored two runs in the second inning to take an early lead.

Dominic D'Anna led off the second inning with a walk before advancing to second on a Todd Eskelin single to left field. Once Ryan Pineda reached base on a Rebel throwing error, Tommy Simis drove in the first run of the game on a sacrifice ground ball to the second baseman.

The damage would have been limited to one run, but when Rebel catcher Chad Claus let a fastball pass right through his legs, Eskelin made a break towards home plate and easily scored before Claus made his way to the backstop to retrieve the errant ball.

UNLV responded the very next inning with two runs of their own to even the score at 2-2 before the Matadors scored another two runs to regain their original two-run advantage.

John Parham was the first Matador in the third to reach base after being hit-by-a-pitch, and motored all the way around the diamond to score once D'Anna hit a line drive that sailed over Rebel centerfielder J.J. Sferra's head; a hard-hit shot that eventually came to a rest at the wall before being handled by Sferra.

Eskelin followed D'Anna's double with one of his own, the third consecutive game with a multi-base hit, to score the second run of the inning and extend the lead to a 4-2 margin.

UNLV yet again responded by scoring another run of their own in their very next at bat, only to see heir newly-created momentum dissipate once Northridge scored another two runs for the third straight inning to bring the score to 6-3.

After each team scored one run in the sixth inning, D'Anna all but brought the game to an end in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run home run that sailed over the fence in right-field, almost hitting the scoreboard in the process to extend CSUN's lead to the final score of 9-4. 

 

Three For Free = Thank you!  

Matador baseball fans were given an opportunity to receive free admission to last Sunday's game against the UCSB Gauchos by donating three canned food or non-perishable items for a canned food drive to benefit the Children's Hunger Fund, and responded in-kind by donating nearly a quarter-of-a-ton of food in conjunction with the Matador softball team who provided the same opportunity in their game against Pacific.

The Cal State Northridge Athletic Department and Baseball team would like to thank all fans who donated to help out children in need. For additional information about the Children's Hunger Fund visit their website at www.chfus.org. 

Matadors vs. Cal Poly

After sweeping Cal Poly last season at Matador Field, the Cal State Northridge Matadors will look to replicate their efforts on the road at Baggett Stadium in a three-game series taking place at San Luis Obispo this Friday-Sunday.

Northridge also holds a 113-86 overall series advantage against the Mustangs in the 196 games played between the two.

Currently ranked #16 by Collegiate Baseball America and #23 by Baseball America, the Mustangs will look to earn their first conference victory of the season after being swept for the first time in six weekends during their games against UC Irvine last weekend against a Matador squad looking to secure their first road victory of the season themselves.

Currently, Cal Poly is 9-1 at home this season, after going 14-14 last season at Baggett Stadium, holds a perfect 5-0 record this season in games where zero errors are committed, and are undefeated this season when holding the lead after six or more innings this season.

Snap Goes the Streaks

With their two wins over UCSB in their three-game series last weekend, the Matadors took a weekend series from their beach-dwelling rivals for the first time since 2002. In the process, the Gauchos lost their first series of the 2009 season after giving up the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth in the rubber match last Sunday at Matador Field.

GOTCHA!

With 25 games in the books, the Matadors have picked-off 17 runners this season, an effort that has already matched the amount of runners picked-off in the entire 2004 season, the highest number of pickoffs thrown this decade. Currently leading the team with seven pickoffs, RHP Ryan "China" McCarney has caught more runners from the mound than any other Matador pitcher this decade, and has more pickoffs in his first eight appearances than the team leaders during the last two years combined. 

Let's Go Streaking

Going into today's game against UNLV will look to extend their season-high hitting streaks. Both John Parham and Justin DeMarco bring with them a nine and seven game respective streak, the longest of the season for each student-athlete. Ryan Pineda currently has the team's highest streak as he hit safely in the first sixteen games of the season, with Dominic D'Anna possessing the second longest streak with his ten-game performance earlier in the season.

A Closer Look at the Numbers

Amongst their Big West Conference counterparts, the Cal State Northridge Matadors rank at or near the top in a variety of statistical categories for all games played up to March 30th. 

CSUN's 251 total hits ranks them third behind the nationally-ranked teams from Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton respectively, and are tied with UC Riverside for the second-highest amount of walks drawn with 88. The lineup from CSUF are the only ones who have been hit-by-a-pitch (51) more that Northridge (40) this season, as the Matadors are also ranked #2 in saves within the Conference with six, only one behind UC Irvine and their seven saves earned. Northridge has more pickoffs this season than the next two teams combined (UCI and UCSB with five each), and have caught the third-highest amount of runners stealing with 13. 

Both Richard Cates and Ryan Pineda rank within the top-ten in a number of categories, with the former ranked #8 with a .388 batting average, tied for the most hits in the conference with 40, with the latter ranked #7 in slugging percentage with .639, #6 with 34 hits, #4 with 27 RBI's, #2 with seven home runs and 62 total bases. First baseman Dominic D'Anna is ranked #10 with his .577 slugging percentage, and #4 with 10 doubles on the season, and #6 with 56 total bases, with teammate Jeff Pruitt ranked #3 with 15 walks drawn and #2 with 12 stolen bases. 

RHP Ryan "China" McCarney is ranked #8 with 28 batters struck out, and leads the conference with seven runners picked-off. RHP Ryan Juarez is tied for second with four wins on the season, with RHP Brian Slover tied for fifth with three saves.

Ready To Go

Of the 136 runs scored by the Cal State Northridge Matadors this season as of 3/30, nearly 20 percent (19.1%) of their offense has taken place in the first inning this season. CSUN currently has a record of 4-2 when leading after the first inning, but only a 2-5 mark when trailing after the first frame. 

It's A Hit!

Saturday's four-hit performance by Ryan Pineda was the 11th time this season that Pineda had a multiple-hit game, and only the second Matador on the season to record four hits in one afternoon. Richard Cates, the team leader in multi-hit games with 12, went 4-for-5 in CSUN's 8-4 victory against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on February 27th; both four-hit occasions have taken place at Matador Field this season. First baseman Dominic D'Anna is the only Matadors with a double-digit total of multiple hit games with 10 so far this season.

Two Of A Kind

In last Friday's game, right-fielder Ryan Pineda and first baseman Dominic D'Anna hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. This was the second time this season that the Matadors have hit back-to-back home runs, with the first occasion taking place on March 21st in the second game of a doubleheader at home against Columbia from the bats of Justin DeMarco and Todd Eskelin.

Don't Be Late

The Cal State Northridge Matadors have been able to shrink a nine inning game into a four frame affair as they are undefeated when leading after four innings. CSUN is a perfect 9-0 on the season whenever they possess the lead after four innings, and hold a 8-1 record when leading after the third.

Mike Frick Scholarship

Current Matador sophomore Justin DeMarco will join an elite list of student-athletes from the Cal State Northridge baseball program as the 2009 recipient of the Mike Frick Memorial Scholarship. 

DeMarco will receive scholarship funds in Mike's memory from an endowment set up by his parents, Lori and Gary Frick. 

Initiated in 2005, the Mike Frick Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to the player that best personifies and embodies Frick's work ethic, leadership skills, and dedication to the game of baseball as chosen by the coaching staff. 

Before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the eighth round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, Frick pitched three seasons at Cal State Northridge for then-head coach Mike Batesole, and is still the current Matador record-holder in games pitched and total saves with 36 and 9 respectively, both set during the 2001 season. 

DeMarco joins a select list of Matadors that includes Drew Aguailar, Alberto Quintana, Bobby Paschal, and last year's recipient, Phil Hann.

Sweet 16

Before being held without a hit in the Matadors game vs. BYU on March 17th, third baseman Ryan Pineda hit safely in the first sixteen games of the season. 

 

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