April 7, 2010
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
Thursday, April 1: Matadors 2, #24 UC Irvine 16
Friday, April 2: Matadors 3, #24 UC Irvine 5
Saturday, April 3: Matadors 5, #24 UC Irvine 7
Tuesday, April 6: Matadors 2, Pepperdine 3 (Gm. #1); Matadors 7, Pepperdine 12 (Gm. #2)
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, April 9: at Cal State Bakersfield • Hardt Field • Bakersfield, Calif. • 2:30 p.m. PDT
Saturday, April 10: vs. Cal State Bakersfield • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 1 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Sunday, April 11: vs. Cal State Bakersfield • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 1 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Tuesday, April 13: vs. San Diego State • Matador Field • Northridge, Calif. • 3 p.m. PDT • Gametracker
Friday: TBD vs. RHP Mickey Jannis (3-1, 4.26)
Saturday: TBD vs. TBD
Sunday: TBD vs. TBD
Tuesday: TBD vs. TBD
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - As this week's Big West team on their respective bye week, the Cal State Northridge Matadors (16-12, 0-3 BWC) will compete in a three game series against Cal State Bakersfield and a one-off game against San Diego State next week before resuming conference action.
This Friday's game against the Roadrunners will take place at Hardt Field on the campus of Cal State Bakersfield starting at 2:30 p.m. before the series shifts to Matador Field on Saturday and Sunday. GameTracker will be available for Saturday and Sunday's game, first pitch for each game will take place at 1:00 p.m.
San Diego State will make their first trip to Northridge in five years next Tuesday, April 13th in CSUN's final non-conference game of the week. That game will begin at 3:00 p.m., GameTracker will be available for this game as well on GoMatadors.com.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
As this week’s Big West team on their respective bye week, the Matadors will play a total of six non-conference games before resuming conference action on April 16th at home against Cal Poly.
Having already played two games against Pepperdine in a doubleheader last Tuesday in Malibu, CSUN will now travel to Bakersfield this Friday to face the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners before the series shifts to Matador Field this Saturday and Sunday.
With their baseball program only in its second year of existence, Bakersfield lost both games against the Matadors last season by a score of 3-1 in Northridge, and 3-0 in Bakersfield.
That 3-0 contest was the last time Matador pitchers combined to earn a shutout as six different Matador pitchers combined their efforts to keep the ‘Runners off the scoreboard.
As of April 7th, Bakersfield sports an overall record of 12-14 going 10-9 at home and 2-5 on the road and need only one more win to equal last year’s total (13-37 record in 2009).
San Diego State (SDSU) will drive up the 405 to face CSUN in the Matadors’ final non-conference game of the week.
The last time the Aztecs traveled to the Valley was in 2005, a game that saw the host Matadors defeat their opponents by a score of 5-3, bringing them within two victories of tying the overall record between the two teams. SDSU currently leads the all-time series by a 39-37 margin in the 76 games played.
Currently in the middle of an eight-game road trip, SDSU will face Air Force this weekend before wrapping up their travels in Northridge. The Aztecs are currently in 7th place in the Mountain West Conference with a 12-7 overall record, and a 1-5 mark against their fellow MWC brethren.
Dominic D'Anna recently possessed a team-high 18 game hit streak that began in CSUN’s eighth game of the season against Connecticut on March 6th, and ended on April 3rd against UC Irvine.
The first baseman has started in all 28 games this season, and has only been held hitless on three occasions - against San Diego last February, the series opener against Connecticut, and the series finale against UC Irvine.
D’Anna’s hit streak is currently the longest of any position player in the conference.
Tim Arroyo (1999-2002) holds 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.
LEADING THE WAY
Entering the eighth week of the season, various Matadors can be found atop the Big West Conference in a variety of categories as of April 6th prior to the Matadors’ doubleheader at Pepperdine.
C.J. Belanger: .394 Batting Avg. (7th), .455 On-Base Pct. (8th), 39 Hits (T-4th), 1.000 Fielding Pct. (T-1st)
Ridge Carpenter: 23 Runs Scored (8th), 14 Walks (T-6th), 15 Stolen Bases (2nd)
Dominic D'Anna: .392 Batting Avg. (8th), .660 Slugging Pct. (2nd), .475 On-Base Pct. (7th)
27 Runs Scored (T-6th), 38 Hits (6th), 29 RBI’s (T-2nd), 11 Doubles (T-2nd), 5 Home Runs (T-3rd)
64 Total Bases (T-4th), 14 Walks (T-6th), 210 Putouts (3rd)
Brad Decater: 4 Home Runs (T-7th)
Justin DeMarco: .643 Slugging Pct. (3rd), .476 On-Base Pct. (6th), 22 Runs Scored (T-9th), 10 Doubles (T-4th)
16 Walks (4th)
Justen Gorski: 2 Runners Picked Off (T-3rd)
Jimmy Jolicoeur: 3 Saves (T-3rd)
Ryan Juarez: 46.1 Innings Pitched (7th)
Drew Muren: 28 Runs Scored (5th), 14 Walks (T-6th), 8 Stolen Bases (T-5th)
Dominic Piazza: 7 Runners Caught Stealing (T-4th)
Ryan Pineda: .624 Slugging Pct. (5th), 32 Runs Scored (2nd), 38 RBI’s (1st), 9 Home Runs (1st),
68 Total Bases (2nd), 6 Hit-By-Pitches (T-5th), 13 Stolen Bases (3rd)
TS Reed: 5 Sacrifice Bunts (T-7th)
Paul Tremlin: 5 Wins (T-2nd), .263 Opp. Batting Avg. (10th)
HIT ME BABY, ONE MORE TIME
Going into this weekend, a number of Matadors have both multiple hit and multiple RBI games this season.
C.J. Belanger leads the way for CSUN with 14 multiple hit games (eight games with two hits, five games with three hits, and one four-hit game), followed by Ryan Pineda (eight games with two hits, two games with three hits, and one four-hit game), Drew Muren (eight games with two hits and five games with three hits). TS Reed is the lone Matador this season to hit safely on five occasions in one game as the shortstop accomplished the feat on March 27th against Sacramento State.
Dominic D'Anna has compiled 10 multiple RBI games this season (seven two-RBI games and three three-RBI games), followed by Ryan Pineda who possesses the most diverse number of multiple-RBI games (two two-RBI, three-RBI, and four-RBI games, three five-RBI games), followed by Justin DeMarco who has driven in two RBI’s on three occasions, three RBI’s on one occasion, and four RBI’s in one game.
Amongst their conference peers, Belanger is tied for the fourth-highest amount of multi-hit games, with D’Anna and Pineda currently tied for first and third respectively for the most multi-RBI games.
D’Anna and Nate Ring have also compiled the two longest hit streaks of the season with the former hitting safely in 18 games and the latter hitting safely in 11.
I'LL TAKE THAT
With their 16-7 record heading into conference action, CSUN is off to their best 23-game start of a season within the Steve Rousey era, topping their previous mark of 12-11-1 set during the 2005 season. The 16-7 record set by the current team is the second-best start of any Northridge baseball team since joining the Big West conference in 2001, tying the mark set by the 2002 Big West Championship-winning squad that compiled a 16-7 record during the first 23 games of their respective season.
Below is a list of teams who crafted the best start to their season after 23 games.
Season: Record, Conference
1996: 20-3, WAC
1992: 17-5-1, N/A
1993: 17-6, WAC
2010: 16-7, Big West
2002: 16-7, Big West
1991: 15-7-1, N/A
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Beginning with their games against Sacramento State on March 26, the Matadors began a very home-heavy portion of their schedule.
In total, 16 of CSUN’s 22 games (beginning on 3/26) will take place at Matador Field as Northridge will also face University at Albany, UC Irvine, Cal State Bakersfield, San Diego State, Cal Poly, and UC Davis before beginning a season-long seven-game road trip.
With the exception of Friday’s game in Bakersfield, the Matadors will compete at home before traveling to Stockton for three games against Pacific from April 23rd-26th.
RUNNING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
With 26 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 15, 13 and eight 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 is second in the conference with 46 stolen bases, trailing only Cal State Fullerton’s 54 stolen bases.